Cebu to Malapascua: 2019 Boat Schedule and Fare

Schedule of boat trips from Cebu to Malapascua and Malapascua to Cebu. Updated as of June 30, 2019.

Malapascua is one of Cebu’s major tourist destinations located in the northern portion of the province. It is a popular destination for beach lovers, scuba divers, free divers, and cliff jumpers. It is surrounded by pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear water. [Check out our list of the best beach resorts in Malapascua]

Schedule of boat trips from Maya to Malapascua and vice-versa.

Travel time is around 30 minutes and fare if P100 per head for a public boat. Additional P20 is collected to take the little flat boat to the outrigger. Rates for a private boat varies depending on the time of the day. [ Read: A Solo Trip to Malapascua]
 
The first trip is at 6:30AM and runs every 30 minutes.  The last trip is at 5:30PM. There is a “special boat” (more expensive) that leaves at 6:00PM and 6:30PM. Make sure to be at Maya Port as early as you can so you can take the boat to the island. If in case you miss the last trip, you can either hire a boat or stay in Maya overnight. Boats usually depart every 30 minutes but they must have at least 10 passengers to leave. (Updated as of May 6, 2017, please see below).
 

How to go to Maya Port From Cebu City

 
From the airport or anywhere in Cebu City, take a taxi to the Cebu North Bus Terminal. Take a bus or van going to Daanbantayan (Maya Port). Alight at Maya Port, usually the last drop-off point. Travel time is around 4 hours and the fare is P160 for non-aircon bus, P180 for aircon bus, P200 for aircon van.
[Update: Traveler Wanderer, has commented that she paid Php225 for an airconditioned Ceres bus to Maya Port from Cebu City as of March 18, 2019.]
 
Where to stay in Cebu? Recommended budget hotels to stay in Cebu City. Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability. 
  1. Red Planet Cebu
  2. Azia Suites
  3. Cebu R Hotel Mabolo
  4. Escario Central Hotel
  5. Pillows Hotel Cebu
Where to stay in Malapascua Island? Recommended hotels to stay in Malapascua Island. Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability.
  1. Blue Corals Beach Resort
  2. Buena Vida Resort & Spa
  3. Evolution Resort
  4. Malapascua Starlight Resort
  5. Moonlight Resort
Have you been to these ports lately and saw some changes in the fare and schedule? Please let us know by commenting below. Thanks.

Reader Pauline has an update for this route:

Hello Glen ! I’m now in Malapascua. Public boats are living Maya new port until 5.30PM and there are two ‘special’ boats (more expensive) at 6PM and 6.30PM. Cost 100Pesos per person + 20P to take the little flatboat to catch the banka.

Update from Hannah:

Hi, I took the ceres bus and it cost 230pesos locals told me that last boat goes around 4pm and if there is no more than 15 persons, boat does not go. If there is less than 15 persons, you might need to ask other passengers to commit to pay some extra. I was way too tired for waiting and travels, only 6 persons waiting for boat so had to talk with others if they are willing to pay extra for the boat. Finally when everybody agreed, we took the boat at price of 150pesos per person

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  1. Hello i am currently travelling to maya port thru ceres aircon bus as i write this comment 😁 just wanted to share here that fare currently is 225

    1. Hello Wanderer! Thanks for updating us. We truly appreciate it.

  2. What is the last trip from malapascua island going to Maya port

  3. What time is the earliest boat departing from malapascua going to maya port?

  4. Hi, I took the ceres bus and it cost 230pesos 😅 locals told me that last boat goes around 4pm and if there is no more than 15 persons, boat does not go. If there is less than 15 persons, you might need to ask other passengers to commit to pay some extra. I was way too tired for waiting and travels, only 6 persons waiting for boat so had to talk with others if they are willing to pay extra for the boat. Finally when everybody agreed, we took the boat at price of 150pesos per person

    1. Thanks for the update, Hannah! 🙂

  5. How long is the travel time from Malapascua to Maya Port?

  6. Boat to and from Malapascua is a rip-off. Arrived at the station in Malapascua before 9:30 and was not allowed on the boat anymore except if we were willing to pay double price. We did boothnot. Guy pointed to watch going in advance and mentioned “rules”.
    Then they said we should take a special ride.
    Worst travel experience in Philippines in 30 years.

  7. Can you take a motorcycle on the boat also?

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