Special trip to different locations around Malapascua Island. People on this boat are Norwegian tourists, together with JEAN from “Malapascua Island Beach Resort Diving”

A lovely island named Calangaman. 2,5 hours with the boat south of Malapascua Island, in the middle between Cebu-Island and Leyte. A family about 30 persons(fisher) living on this island. 200 mtr. to the north, the water goes down to 350 meters, 200 mtr. to the south, the water goes deep to 750 meters. Do you like diving? it´s a wonderful place. About 400 meters to the west and east side the water ist only 1 meter deep and then it goes down to 500 mtr. There is no freshwater on the island. People have to get it with small boats from Leyte.





About forty-five (45) minutes ride (by pump boat) away from barangay Nailon (Bogo) or approximately 2-3 hours by banka northeast of Sogod Beach,  lies the historic Capitancillo Islet. It is a historic coralline islet fringed with white sands, an ideal getaway for sea lovers. This islet has potentials for cultural eco-tourism zone development.  This 5-6 hectare low islet is at the center of a coral reef that extends 2-3 kilometers from north to south. Capitancillo Island is home to a lighthouse that was rebuilt in the 1950's. The island takes its name from Captain Cillo, an American who ran his vessel aground on the island during the war. The island itself has very little sand and virtually no vegetation with the exception of a lone tree. It is uninhibited, although local fishermen often use it as a base for drying fish and repairing their nets. The true beauty of the island lies under the sea and subsequently offers 3 dive spots ans is excellent for snorkelling.


Manoc Manoc Island. Between Carnassa Island and Masbate. A nice place for diving and snorkeling.

Point MAYA
Malapascua landed
Pictures of Cottages
Natives Malapascua
playing Bingo
Fisherman, fishing...
some Beaches
Coconut +Tuba
View frm Lighttower
Mangrove Bay
Stormy  weather
Rocky coastline
Excursion to Gato >>
Excursion Carnassa
San Isidro, Leyte...
Seachart VisayanSea
Map VisayanSea +

Calangaman seen from North


This is the tiny island of GATO. One of 3 islands from the Philippines where seasnakes have there homenests. There is a big cave with underwatercave. There are seasnakes (very poisonous), lots of colored fishes (national park) but also sharks who are sleeping during the day about 30 mtrs deep on the ground of the sea. GATO is 83 meters high and you can see it at about 20 kilometers distance and more. It´s about 15 kilometers from Malapascua.

Entering the cave of GATO with our outriggerboat. It is hightide, so it is very difficult to come in.


We´ve got it. Boat is inside the cave. Now, everybody who wants to, can go snorkeling. But be careful, seasnakes are very poisonous.

Wonderful, you feel just like inside of a church. The water glowing and sparkling like a blue diamond.
Yes after snorkeling a while,  we saw those yellow/black colored seasnakes. Don´t try to touch them.


GATO Island

Wildlife Sanctuary Guards are here on the Island on this maisonette, to watch and register people coming around.





Return to the Sea

Some sea animals are derived from air-breathing ancestors that lived and evolved on land before returning to the sea to exploit marine habitats and food sources. The reptiles, mammals, and birds all have representatives that have re-invaded the sea. Their bodies show modifications that better suit them to life in the marine environment: (1) streamlined body to facilitate movement through the water; (2) limbs or tails modified to paddle-like shapes for propulsion; (3) nostrils that are valved and placed high on the snout or head to facilitate breathing at the surface; (4) modifications in lung capacity and circulation to accommodate diving; (5) mechanisms for eliminating excess salt (either through urine production or by special salt-excreting glands).

Sea snakes provide an example of an animal group, considered by some to be at least partially pre-adapted for life in the water, that has recolonized the ocean in fairly recent geological time. The snake family Hydrophidae includes about 50 species, all are sea dwellers and venomous (their closest land relatives are the deadly cobras, kraits, and mambas). Sea snakes are found in the warm waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They are usually abundant in shallow coastal waters, some species enter freshwater streams, and one species is wholly pelagic. A few are amphibious, venturing ashore to lay their eggs, but most live completely at sea. Modifications that make them well suited to life in the marine environment prevent them from returning permanently to land.




This two pictures are taken from our neighbour the “Malapascua Island Beach Resort”. Here is a link to their homepage, but dont forget to come back to us.      Malapascua Island Dive Beach Resort

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Poisonous snakes, locally called balingkasaw, are gathered for their skins, which are used to make bags and shoes in Danao City, and their meat, which the Chinese value as an aphrodisiac. In 1933, two Japanese fishermen discovered a breeding ground of sea snakes around the tiny Isla de Gato ("Cat island"), reached by banca from Tapilon, Maya or Malapascua Island. They encouraged the locals to set up an industry, teaching them how to catch the snakes, process the skins, and even how to deal with snake bites.

The snakes are found in the caves and crevices of Gato's rocky surrounding seabed year-round, but their breeding season is MarchSeptember. The young are born after three months' incubation and then migrate to coral reefs in the open sea, where they prey on reef fish and eels. The ~catchman' uses his bare hands to grab each snake by the neck and tail, ties two or three snakes together with a motorcycle inner tube, and places them in a sack.

I Overexploitation has greatly reduced their numbers. A diver today will probably take only about a dozen snakes a night, compared to hundreds in the past. Landing on Gato Islet is almost impossible, due to the undercutting of its sides by wave action.

Seasnakes, Gato Islet, Visayan Sea, Malapascua, Philippines

Malapascua Island 

Excursion to Calangaman and GATO Island

Visayan Sea, Cebu, Philippines,

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