GETTING TO MALAPASCUA – (SEE PHOTOS BELOW) -- ETC.

 

People that are going to Malapascua for the first time usually want to arrive there early in the morning so they can become oriented to the area -- AND so they can have plenty of time to check out a few of the resorts (comparing the facilities, the prices, the degree of friendliness, the food, the benefits, etc.) before choosing a place to stay.  Therefore, many of them do the following: 

 

  1. Many tourists that are on the way to Malapascua spend the night night at SKIP’S BEACH RESORT – so they can arrive at Malapascua early in the morning.
  2. Usually, they leave for Malapascua after an early breakfast.
  3. Jeepneys go to Maya every 30 minutes or so, and the jeepney ride costs less than twenty cents U.S.
  4. Travelers often leave their excess luggage in the office at Skip’s Beach Resort, so they can travel “light” to Malapascua.  [We are glad to store their luggage free of charge – but only if each piece of luggage has its own lock.”]
  5. When people get to Malapascua they generally walk around the Island, and check out the various places to stay.
  6. After selecting the resort that gives them the best value for the least amount of money -- the most friendliness -- the most hospitality -- etc. -- they stay on the island for as long as possible and they have an awesome time.
  7. When they return to the mainland, they often spend the night at SKIP'S BEACH RESORT to relax and rest up for their bus trip back to the city the next morning.

 

People that go to Malapascua early in the morning often end up returning to SKIP’S BEACH RESORT on the same evening.  They do this because they are familiar with our place -- they feel comfortable here -- they like our beach --  they like the things that they can use here for free (boats, ten speed bicycles, fishing gear, a high-speed wireless internet connection, and the list goes on...).

In other words, people often become "addicted" to SKIP'S BEACH RESORT (the beach -- the hospitality -- the free use of our "toys" -- our low costs -- etc.) and they end up staying here for months. 

We love it.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Tourists that go to Malapascua should be aware of the fact that this small island is only serviced by relatively small native-style boats.  Therefore, when there is a storm (with large waves) it sometimes is not possible to get back to the mainland until after the storm subsides.  Sometimes, the storms last for three or four days.  This should be taken into consideration by anyone that must get back to the airport in Cebu City in time to catch a specific flight. 

            If there is a storm coming, and if you need to leave Malapascua "prematurely" (before the storm traps you), then we
            would love to have you stay at SKIP'S BEACH RESORT here in the mainland. 

 

A FEW PHOTOS OF THE PIER AT MAYA -- WHERE THE BOATS LEAVE FOR MALAPASCUA:

 

THE BOAT TRIP TO MALAPASCUA: 

 

People often want to know how long it takes to go from Maya to Malapascua by boat. 

 

On the average, it takes between 35 minutes and 50 minutes. 

 

Frankly, it is impossible to answer that question more specifically -- for the following reasons:

 

        1.  It depends upon how fast the boat "you" take can travel (some of the boats are faster than others).

        2.  It depends upon if you are going "with" the wind -- or "against" the wind (a 30 MPH head-wind will obviously slow
             down the boat, and conversely a 30 MPH tail-wind will speed up the boat).

        3.  If there are no waves, the trip will be much faster.

        4.  If there are big waves, the trip will be much slower.

        5.  If there are HUGE waves, then the trip might be postponed indefinitely -- until the storm subsides.
        6.  If the engine breaks down while en-route, then it might take an extra hour or two (or three... or four...).  I mention this
             only because the engine DID break down on our last trip to Malapascua (see photos below).  Engine failures in small boats
             is relatively common here, where "maintenance" is sometimes ignored. 

The third photo below shows the "boat-boys" on the boat that broke down on our  last trip to Malapascua.  They boys are standing up, and getting ready to pull on the starter rope -- after working on the engine for an hour or so.  Fortunately, we were only a short distance from land when the engine of this boat quit running.  We were also fortunate that it only took an hour or so to fix the problem. 

 

However, we have been on similar passenger boats that were miles from the nearest island when the engine quit running -- and we drifted for many hours while the "non-mechanics" -- working with almost no tools -- tried to fix the engine.  Such break-downs are not uncommon in "developing countries" where engine-maintenance is often postponed because of poverty.  That is why it is a good idea to bring a few things with you whenever you take a boat from one island to another (e.g. bring water -- food -- a few good books -- a broad-brimmed hat -- a good sun-screen -- an umbrella -- toilet paper even if there is no toilet on board -- a flashlight with extra batteries and bulb -- a cell phone with an extra battery -- a small emergency medical kit -- a small mirror for signaling -- etc.). 

Obviously, it is much better to "have" the emergency stuff and not "need" it, than it is to "need" the emergency stuff and not "have" it. 

 

A WARNING ABOUT THE "SPECIAL TRIP" INDUSTRY: 

 

1.  The normal fare going to or from the island is currently 40 Pesos.

2.  The last trip back to the mainland currently leaves at 2 PM.

3.  "Often" -- as in "OFTEN" --  the locals will fail to mention that the last boat for the mainland leaves at 2 PM.

4.  This means that when  it is 4 PM, and you start to look for a boat back to the mainland, THERE AREN'T ANY.

5.  That is where the "SPECIAL TRIP INDUSTRY" comes into play.

6.  The locals will then charge you from 800 Pesos to 1,200 Pesos for making a SPECIAL TRIP to take you back.

7.  Your alternative is to spend another night on the island -- even though you are already packed -- at the sea-
     shore -- ready to leave -- and maybe even have an airplane to catch in Cebu City the following day. 

:-)

 

 

The photos below are of the small village called Logon, which is located on Malapascua.  We strolled around a bit -- had lunch at a local carendaria -- and then caught the next boat back to the mainland.

 

 

When it was time for us to leave the Island, the tide was "out."  This meant that the boat back to the mainland was too large to come into shore -- which is a common phenomenon on Malapascua.  The solution is to have a smaller boat take you out to the bigger boat.  Skip, Steve, Belle, and Ahmee could not ride together in the small boat because it would have sunk.  Therefore, the small boat made two trips.  The girls thought that climbing from the small boat onto the larger boat was a very interesting experience. 
:-)

 

The trip back to the mainland was un-eventful (no wind, no waves, no engine problems, etc.), and therefore it only took approximately 35 minutes. 

 

From the pier at Maya it is possible to take boats to such places as Leyte -- Bohol -- Masbate -- and many other beautiful tropical islands. 

 

 

The pier at Maya is fifteen minutes by Jeepney from SKIP'S BEACH RESORT.

 

OUR THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY ARE AS FOLLOWS:

 

"This is, in theory, still a free country, but our politically correct, censorious times are such that many of us tremble to give vent to perfectly acceptable views for fear of condemnation. Freedom of speech is thereby imperiled, big questions go undebated, and great lies become accepted, unequivocally as great truths."
Simon Heffer Source: Daily Mail, 7 June 2000

"An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public affairs is what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the First Amendment."
Justice Hugo L. Black: (1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice Source: New York Times Company vs. Sullivan, 1964

 

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then."
Thomas Jefferson - (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President Source: letter to Abigail Adams, February 22, 1787; reproduced in Thomas Jefferson, Writings (The Library of America, 1984), p. 889-890
 

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