Cocobana Beach resort was our first real stop in the Philippines, except for one night near Cebu airport, and it was a very nice experience.
We were 2 families with totally 3 children, aged 3-6, who stayed in the newly built super-de-luxe villa at the Cocobana Beach Resort for 8 nights in the beginning of March 2008.
The villa has 2 stories and we had especially asked for the ground floor and it was great for the kids, who could run down to the beach in seconds.
The rooms are also equipped with tv, aircon. refrigerator and hot & cold water and very spacious, and we paid 2800 pesos per night incl. breakfast.
Cocobana is placed in the centre of Bounty Beach and they also have cheaper types of accomodation, like different kind of bungalows starting from 1200 pesos per night and another 2 story super-de-luxe villa which is not
facing the beach directly.
The food at Cocobana was good and reasonably cheap, but if you wish to have a cheaper meal, you can go to Ging-Ging, which is placed just behind Cocobana. The best food on the island might be served on a restaurant called Isla Bonita, also located behind Cocobana, but it took almost 1,5 hours to get the first course, and when you have 3 hungry small children, it's not really acceptable, so we only went there once.
The beaches are nice, but look out for the small corrals and the sea urchins (I stepped on one and I had to pee on my foot for a few days, and it actually helped).
The tourists on Malapascua, seem to be mostly divers and they all come to see the famous Thresher Shark, but it's OK just to enjoy the beaches, the sea and the sun, like we did.
It was our first trip to the Philuippines, but we have been many times to Thailand and in general, I think that the beaches are more or less the same, the food and the accommodation is somewhat more expensive in the Philippines, but the beer is much cheaper……….
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- Also Known As:
- Bounty Beach Cocobana Hotel Malapascua Island
- Cocobana Beach Resort Malapascua Island, Cebu Island