Unfortunatelly, we never made it to Cocobana beach resort. We booked room via phone and we arranged airport pick-up from Mactan airport to Maya. Everything was going nicely. Then driver asked us if we want to use their private bangka for 1000 PHP and proceed directly to Malapascua or we want to use regular bangka for 50 PHP/pax. According to the driver, maybe we would need to wait for an hour until regular bangka is full and will start journey to Malapascua. As we were very tired (woke up at 2 AM), we decided to take private bangka and that's when fun started.
Due to low tide, only way to reach bangka is by small boats.
Once we climbed onboard bangka, Captain went down without any word of explanation. We were waiting for about 10 minutes and then we started asking other sailor what's going on. He didn't speak English and he couldn't help us. So we continued waiting, and at the end we were waiting for 45 minutes before the Captain came back.
In the meantime 3 regular bangkas left towards Malapascua.
We decided not to continue our trip with this bangka and we wanted to go off and use regular bangka, but Captain was demanding money for the fuel and in one moment he was even saying to another guy:"Give me my gun!". Meanwhile, i was talking to the girl from the reception, but she was also saying that I need to pay and come to Cocobana.
So, at the end we paid 800 PHP to the Captain, we went on another bangka, came to Malapascua and found nice and cheap accommodation at Purple Snapper resort and we never came to Cocobana.
We were passing by every day, but we've never entered to Cocobana. It looks ok, probably service, cleanliness and everything else is not too bad. However, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone due to the fact that their Captain is threatening to the people and treating people badly.
Now, we can't wait to go back to Malapascua, but luckily we don't need to deal with Cocobana at all.
Malapascua island is paradise, especially for divers and there is lot of nice people and we are happy that that first impression didn't ruin our experience of Malapascua.
- Also Known As:
- Bounty Beach Cocobana Hotel Malapascua Island
- Cocobana Beach Resort Malapascua Island, Cebu Island