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:
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.
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" --
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
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
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:
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."
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