Malapascua to Cebu

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How to get from Malapascua to Cebu?

Cebu is home to beautiful white-sand beaches and the famous Kawasan Falls. From Daanbantayan’s beach resorts in the north to Oslob’s whale shark excursions in the south, the island of Cebu offers a wide variety of fun. Whether you want to go canyoneering, diving, island-hopping, or just to lie on a beach with a good book, Cebu is definitely worth a visit.

There aren’t many options to travel the 150km journey from Malapascua to Cebu City. The first leg involves a 45-minute ferry to Maya, on the tip of Cebu Island. From there, you’ll travel to the city of Cebu via bus (4 hours) or an arranged taxi (2.5 hours).

The combined bus and ferry from Malapascua to Cebu is the cheapest option at 270 PHP ($5). Note that the bus will make a lot of stops to pick-up and drop-off passengers, so the entire journey can take about 5 hours.

2 ways to get from Malapascua to Cebu

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus5 hours270 PHP ($5.50)Read article for more info
Taxi3.5 hours2,600 PHP ($48.50)Read article for more info

If you’re in a hurry, it would be better to take a combined taxi and ferry ride. With the taxi, you can get from Malapascua to Cebu about 1.5 hours faster. However, it is also more expensive, with fares starting at 2,600 PHP ($48.50).

Itinerary from Malapascua to Cebu

Malapascua to Cebu by Bus

Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 310 PHP ($5.50)
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 310 PHP ($5.50)

When travelling from Malapascua to Cebu, you will first have to take a ferry to Maya Port in the mainland.

Step 1: Malapascua to Maya by Ferry

Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 100 PHP ($1.85)
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 100 PHP ($1.85)

Ferries going from Malapascua to Cebu via Maya Port operate from 6:30 to 16:30, with a 30-min interval. To arrange a ferry, you can always ask your hotel or guesthouse for help. Public ferries cost 100 PHP ($1.85) per person.

If you prefer a private ferry, operators are happy to oblige, but the fare will be much higher as the ferry can fit about 10-15 people. Always agree on the price first before boarding the ferry. The ferry docks at the New Ferry Terminal in Maya.

Step 2: Maya to Cebu by Bus

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 170 PHP ($3.15)230 PHP ($4.30)
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 170 PHP ($3.15)230 PHP ($4.30)

At the port, you will find buses and vans that will take you to Cebu City. Two well-known companies operate on this route: Ceres Bus and Rough Riders.

Trips to Cebu City begin at 1:00 in the morning, so you should have no problem getting one. The last trip departs at 18:00. Fares range from 170 PHP ($3.15)230 PHP ($4.30), depending on whether it’s an aircon or non-aircon bus.

The journey takes approximately 4 hours with a non-aircon bus as they go straight from Maya to Cebu City. Airconditioned buses take 5-6 hours because they make a lot of stops. The buses park at the North Bus Terminal.

Ceres Bus

  • Departs from New Maya Ferry Port, near the Sugbo Maya Seafood Grill & Coffee Shop
  • Arrives at North Bus Terminal along M. Logarta Avenue, next to Union Bank

Ceres Bus is a trusted bus company in Cebu. However, sometimes drivers tend to drive fast.

Rough Riders

  • Departs from Old Maya Ferry Port, near San Isidro Labrador Parish
  • Arrives at North Bus Terminal along M. Logarta Avenue, next to Union Bank

Rough Riders is another known transport provider in Cebu. Most of their buses are non-airconditioned and their drivers also sometimes drive too fast.

Maya Port to Cebu by Van

At the port, you will also find vans that can take you to Cebu. You can get a seat for 200 PHP ($3.75) and travel time is around 4 hours. Keep in mind that these vans do not have a lot of legroom and may feel a bit tight for tall passengers and those carrying big luggage. The vans park at the North Bus Terminal in Cebu.

Malapascua to Cebu by Taxi

Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: 2,600 PHP ($48.50) 
Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: 2,600 PHP ($48.50) 

Also with the taxi option from Malapascua to Cebu, you will first need to take a ferry from Malapascua Island to Maya Port.

There aren’t many taxis in Maya, so it’s best to ask your hotel or guesthouse to help you arrange a taxi from Maya to Cebu. They can be costly, but they’re definitely faster and more convenient than taking the bus.

The taxi ride takes about 2.5 hours. The minimum price is 2,500 PHP ($46.50), but be prepared to pay more.

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