Malapascua Island Travel Blog› entry 25 of 31 › view all entries
Things you can do in Malapascua at low season. Stay obviously. The next morning of my arrival, the weather cleared up and suddenly became sunny. There's still diving, which is mostly what many come there for, but what if you decided you couldn't dive like I did? The most logical thing to do is to explore the island: walk the beach or take a motorbike ride to the lighthouse and Los Bamboos like I did. Turns out the guy I asked to take me there (for Php 20 round-trip), was the same guy (Michael) who accosted me the first time I arrived on the island. He was trolling for customers for the resort that he worked for, the remotest on the island -- Los Bamboos -- which happened to have wonderful views anyway, and a nice beach and what looked like a coral garden offshore.
Walking the island is also a great option. The wonderful thing is that the fishing community still exists. The main village -- Logon -- is just behind the resorts at the main beach, called Bounty Beach. And if you walk the beach, you'd come across many of the villagers' boats.
At Blue Corals I found a great view, not just of Bounty Beach but the beach behind it that showed the village cemetery. There more people could snorkel. Otherwise Blue Corals, slightly elevated as it was, was almost too huge a resort for the tiny island.
The local kids were everywhere. You'd find them swimming and playing among the resort boats. You'd even find them at dusk trying to catch tiny little fish.
There's also the making friends bit, usually with other backpackers. Because the island is so tiny, and the guests few, you end up bumping into practically the same people. Even the girl from the boat that I'd never thought I'd see again. She had breakfast at Ging-Ging's finally.
I also read a lot. I'd finished two books so far on the island: Deception Point (Dan Brown) and Fathers and Sons (Ivan Turgenev). These were the only two books in English that I could read. The resort had books in other languages, and I thought I'd attempt a book in French. French was hard enough, but to read a fantasy book in French...Well, I decided not to risk it! With nothing much to do, my thoughts turned towards Bantayan Island.