Hiking & Beaches Travel

Visiting Malapascua, Bantayan and Kalanggaman

Around one year ago, I just came back from my first trip to the Philippines. I had two weeks of holidays and one goal: Let’s try out the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal, which I got as a birthday gift in April 2019.

And it was a gorgeous trip! I visited the relaxing island of Malapascua, headed out to the most magnificent place called Kalanggaman Island and finally stopped by the town of Santa Fe on Bantayan Island.

And this movie was the result. At this time, it was my second movie ever edited, and everything was done on my iPad with LumaTouch by LumaFusion.

I began my journey at the airport in Cebu. At this time, I only had a few hours to reach the Maya-Malapascua Ferry Terminal. The last ferry was scheduled at about 5 pm. I spent the first nights on the beautiful island of Malapascua.

My travel plan, made in 2019: Cebu Airport (1) – Malapascua Island (2) – Kalanggaman Island (3) – Bantayan Island, Santa Fe (4)

Best places to visit in Malapascua:

  • The best beach you will find in the north of the island (Island North Beach).
  • The Bounty beach in the south is the best place to stay overnight. There you are also able to find some shops and restaurants.
  • If you like to dive, Malapascua is a perfect place to visit.
Crossing the sea on the way to Kalanggaman Island

Afterwards, I visited Kalanggaman Island with a catamaran. The island is located in the middle of the sea and is not much more than a sandbank. The overnight possibilities are very limited (camping is possible). But it was undoubtedly one of the most exciting places I had visited in my life so far.

Impressive sandbench on Kalanggaman Island

Afterwards, the biggest challenge was the journey from Malapascua to Santa Fe on Bantayan Island. With public transport, the journey takes almost a day. You have to get the ferry back to Maya Port and two buses to Hagnaya Port. From there you can take the boat to Bantayan.

So I decided to rent a small private fishing boat and travelled directly from Malapascua to Santa Fe. To cross the sea with a fishing boat for three hours is a unique experience for a Swiss, who grew up nearby the mountains.

Beach nearby Santa Fe, Bantayan Island

In my second movie, I focused on Bantayan Island and a small city called Santa Fe. Awesome sunsets, impressive beaches and magnificent islands. Bantayan is a great place to visit. The Virgin Island, besides of Bantayan Island is a great place to relax as well.

If you are interested in visiting Bantayan Island and you need the help of a local tour guide, I highly recommend this agency here. Maria is a very trustworthy person. Meanwhile, she got one of my friends. You can contact her on this Facebook page.

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