After seeing many inquiries from tourists on the ground situation in Malapascua, I decided to do some background checks.
Here are a few webpages of locals who have posted photos of Malapascua as it is now. Hope this will be helpful for visitors -
Do note : In all storms in Philippines, trees fall, nipa (thatched roof) houses break / fly away - that IS the way the met department defines category 1-2-3 storms.
"Normal"for a Filipino and "normal"for a first time visitor are 2 completely different things. Again, the definition of "normal" differs in different parts of Phils.
Also, what each tourist comes to a particular place is different, hence one size (and description) rarely fits everyone's needs.
Do let me know if you have any specific questions - despite my recent operation, my memory still serves me right and I can recollect how Malapascua looked before the storm, so some photos may not really be showing you things too different from the way things were, while others may truly be showing you debris.
1) Photos of Malapascua - updated 15, 16 adn 25 November (yep - day b4 yesterday!) - http://www.sea-explorers.com/blog/
2) Ocean vida is already partly open (expected to be fully open by 20th Dec) - sea-explorers.com/blog/…
3) Photos of Malapascua - DO note that these are NOT resorts, but houses made of wood and nipa. Brick structures DID NOT fall / break - sea-explorers.com/blog/…
4) These photos seem to give a more objective picture - scubatechphilippines.com/scuba_blog/…
(Note that all the brick structures are standing - it is their roofs that have got blown off.)
5) Malapascua exotic dive resort is already half on its feet and has repaired msot of it's structures - https:/…
6) Aabana resort Malapascua is busy in aid - but their structures seem largely untouched -
(Those who have lived in Phis for long will tell you that these photos are commonly seen every year.)
A friendly note : While I am sure most people outside Phils will feel like helping out here, avoid giving donations to people other than official bodies who actually DO good work. Most aid money that comes into our country goes into the pockets of individuals.