Malcapuya Island
Malcapuya Island
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Mary Waban
Cagayan de Oro, Philippines15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Out of the three places we visited during our Tour C Beach Escapade, this is my most favourite! I bought banana fritters at the store on the island to feed the fishes. There were varieties of species you can see and an hour wasn't even enough for me to do so. I would have loved to bask under the sun if only I had more time (better to book a private tour). You need to pay 100php for the boatmen to take you to the open sanctuary and corals (you also have the option to swim on your own, which I did) but when they left to see the corals, they were nice enough to allow me to hold on to the boat which was soooo cool!
Written 22 April 2024
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FedUp
San Francisco, California5,809 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
8 years ago when I first came here there were no facilities nor a charge to enter. Boats were banned from the beach and had to anchor on the back side then youd walk 5 miutes across the island.

Now it is 250Piso per person. They've added a toilet and about a dozen shade tents with tables and chairs plus a snack bar. While most bancas still had to anchor on back side, there were at least 6 small ones tied up on the beach ruining the visuals. A speedboat came ashore right in the middle too in a flagrant violation of the rules. Stayed parked on the sand for over an hour.

Way too crowded now, not Boracay crowded (read:ruined) but over 100 people on the beach midday. Most on group tours so if you time it for when they leave (today about 12 noon) not too crowded.

But the sand and water are still among the very best in the entire Archipelago. It's magic.
Written 15 April 2024
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baroom
Mississauga, Canada2,885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
We did Joiners Island Escapade Tour (P1700/person) with Calamian Islands Travel and Tours on Thu, May 18, and Malcapuya Island was our first stop. The island was some distance away and the boat trip took about 1.5 hours. We got here before 10:30AM. The beach is a short trek across the island from the boat docking area. There are no directional signs, just a dirt trail to follow. Pretty soon the scenery changes to tall coconut trees, white picnic tents, sand, sea and sky. The boat crew led our tour group to the tents on the left side. My group of five (three adults and two seniors, mid-70s) picked the tent that was closest to the fresh "buko" (young coconut) stand. Toilet facilities are conveniently located along the beach--two rustic toilet rooms equipped with pour-flush toilet, "tabo" (dipper) and "timba" (water bucket).

The beach here at Malcapuya Island is absolutely world-class! Powdery white sand, clear blue waters... a tropical paradise! As I was admiring the top-notch scenery and taking photos, young boat crew member Nelson offered to take photos so my son went with him for a beach photo shoot. Next on the agenda was the boat-pulled (P100/person) snorkeling activity. Since my family of 3 signed up for it back at Coron town dock, we got ready with snorkels and masks and followed our guide Jigs to the beach. Jigs was not happy with the small boat operator for taking a different group just as we arrived on the island. He said our tour group should have been prioritized due to a long-standing arrangement. The boat returned to shore around 11AM and we were asked to hold on to ropes that were horizontally attached to the outriggers. We were pulled slowly in the water and were soon looking at different corals and fish beneath us. At one point the boat stopped so we could do fish feeding. I wasn't expecting so many hungry fish to converge on a cracker I was holding and demolish it in a matter of seconds. It was such a cool experience! We quickly realized that the black fish bites. Our fingers definitely felt a nibble or two from these critters. The fish feeding made our day. We were at it for maybe 5 mins and then we continued our easy and lazy snorkeling all the way back to shore.

While the boat crew was busy getting the buffet table ready, we went to buy some fresh "buko" (P50 each). The vendor expertly cut the young coconuts--he did it so quickly that by the time I brought out my phone to take a video he was already passing them around. A bald, old man joined us and insisted that I take a photo of him with my husband while they each held a "buko." I didn't want to but finally took one photo just to appease this stranger. No idea who he was, probably saw himself as a local celebrity, but the encounter was really weird.

Our buffet spread this time consisted of grilled "tulingan" (bullet tuna), grilled pork, mixed vegetables, sauteed shrimps, cucumber salad, "ensaladang lato" (seaweed salad), steamed rice, cut watermelon and ripe papaya and bottles of cold water. While we enjoyed our lunch, a young mongrel dog wandered into our tent and kept making those puppy-dog eyes so we gave him some pork scraps from our plates.

Overheard someone from our tour group loudly complaining to our guide about the small boat. She brought small kids and was apparently expecting a glass bottom boat ride. An unrealistic expectation as our guide never said anything about a glass bottom boat ride. But a good business idea for Calamian Islands Travel and Tours to consider for Malcapuya Island. By the time we finished lunch, we were only able to fit in a quick "human drone" video shoot with Nelson and then we all had to return to the tour boat. Wish we could have stayed longer in beautiful Malcapuya Island. We left around 12:55PM.
Written 29 August 2023
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Rolando A
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Nice place amazing I come back again for vacation I tell to all my friends this kind of place you enjoy your vacation here very nice staff and food is good nice room very clean
Written 16 May 2023
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helen t
Exeter, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
It was THE most beautiful beach I have ever seen .....one of those unable to speak moments and luckily even tho I was on a tour it wasn't too crowded
A very special place
Written 24 March 2023
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Moelrick
Liverpool, UK1,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
I suggest you hire your own boat and dint go in a group you can stay on the island longer then, it’s the best beach and clear waters I have ever seen, don’t forget your snorkel

There is a little shop you cam but bits from and a man selling coconuts
Written 24 February 2023
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Belle
Bucheon, South Korea913 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I really love Malcapuya Island! It has a lovely white sand beach, calm waves, long shoreline and clear waters. It a great place to just swim and enjoy the waters. It's perfect for kids too.

We tried swimming to the coral reef but it was a little too deep/far away. We still enjoyed all the fishes we saw while trying to reach it.

There's locals selling fresh coconut and rice cake snacks like ube rice turon, bud-bud and carioca made of cassava. Bring cash if you want to try these delicious treats.

We wished to have stayed longer but we were on a group tour. Next time, it is best to get a private boat tour.
Written 21 February 2023
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Eva Marie
Cebu Island, Philippines27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The travel to this group of islands is more than an hour. But, its really worth it. Imagining swimming in the middle of the ocean. It is here.
Written 8 December 2022
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CuriousMeerkatjie
Cape Town, South Africa467 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Picture perfect island one hour and 15 minutes from Coron. Picnic tables and a shop is available. There is not much corals or snorkelling in the area our guide pointed out but we enjoyed the beach and views.
Written 7 December 2022
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April S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Very beautiful secluded island. Reminds me of Boracay. Spectacular Instagrammable photo ops. Must see destination In Coron!
Written 22 September 2022
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