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Malapascua Legend
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Malapascua Island
Reviewed 24 June 2011

This is a beautiful island and a nice place to stay. The rooms are the most luxurious on the island, as they have air con, cable TV and hot showers.. The staff are very friendly and very helpful. They do not yet have any childrens cots or baby chairs for the restaurant though so keep this in mind if you are travelling with young kids. The pool is beautiful, very warm and great for the kids to play in. The food is just OK.... not horrible, but not served with any finesse. Our tip would be go on down the beach to the restaurant at the Evolution dive centre, as they have a very delicious bistro style menu which changes every day. Negotiate with the manager for a good price and a room proce inclusive of food. We negotiated and ended up getting all our food and drink included in the proce of the room... this included alcoholic drinks and was a great saving.

A bit rough around the edges but overall a good place to stay.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

We originally stayed at White Sands cottages which if you are looking for a cottage is great. BUT the cottage was right next to a loud nightclub and we wanted some AC and a pool. We found Legends and because it was off season we got a good special price 2500 a night - including breakfast. Beautiful rooms, lovely bathroom (somewhat brakish water - small island), cable tv. The internet was down on the entire island - guess it was SmartBro and they didn't have Globe (but The Exotic down the beach did have it and it was great - The Exotic also had a great restaurant). The pool was key in our decision making and it was a great pool. Breakfast was ordinary, nice staff. Would stay here again for 2500 but not for 5000, 2500 is about our limit for what we like to spend on a room. Oh- the rooms were really soundproof which was important for the loud discos on the beach that you might end up near on the weekends. Rent a bike from the hotel to ride around the island.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank rainbowmandy
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Reviewed 1 June 2011

A new resort that was just built, Very nice place, great staff, good food.
We really liked the atmosphere which was in high standard but still in the spirit of the Island.
Hot showers wern't instoled in the west building

Room Tip: The east wing
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank zivshani
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Reviewed 18 May 2011

We moved here for some luxury during our stay on Malapascua and were impressed with the rooms at Legend. Two huge double beds and a big wardrobe and tv, plus a large bathroom with a walk in shower. This hotel offers something not yet available elsewhere on the island - luxury. Breakfast was included and was nice. We also received a welcome drink upon arrival!

The luxury comes at a price and rooms are far more expensive than elsewhere on the island. We negotiated a good rate with the manager as we were walk in customers but I doubt such a good discount would be available when booking in advance.

The hotel offers a boat shuttle back and forth from Cebu and you can share with other guests making it good value and far less hastle than walking to take the ferry.

The pool is perhaps not required on such a pretty island but it was a nice way to relax after a days diving.

Diving with Evolution Diving was superb. We saw the thresher sharks and dived Gato Island which was incredible!! Highly ecommended!

All in all Malapascua was an incredible island and if you want luxury there the Legend is a good choice!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank holidayjems
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Reviewed 20 April 2011

I generally do not spend this much on a resort during a dive trip, but this was packaged with my dive by Seaquest Dive Centre. But I'll say it was worth the money.

Nice big, comfy rooms, with 2 big beds enough for 4 people. Big bathroom, no tub but a big shower area. Both room and bathroom allows a lot of natural light to enter, with blackout curtains for the room (so you can sleep in). It's not a big resort, so the hotel's restaurant is only a short walk away. But, the minibar's prices aren't any higher than the restaurant anyway.

Tap at your doorstep allows you to wash sand off your feet before entering your room, or for washing dive equipment.

Resort is only 6 months old, opened in Oct 2010. But the staff were adequately competent and efficient. Only had one miscommunication with them, they prepared an extra set of breakfast for our 4 am dive. O ya! They were more than willing to pack a sandwich for us to bring onto our dive boat in place of the breakfast served in the restaurant.

Do note the tap water is salt water. But they provide a jug of fresh water for brushing your teeth.

Extra tip: A memorable portion of the trip for me was when our dive master brought us around the village for a "tour". Almost seems a different world just behind the resorts. There are cock fights and open air discos once a week each. And provision shops for cheap beer. (Buy the 1 litre San Miguel) Or just watch the village children play. Shows you the simple days before Play Stations or even Gameboys.

Room Tip: Cheapest SMB we found. (Excl village)
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank PinYiing
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Reviewed 27 March 2011

We stayed for 1 week at the Legend and had a great time. The beds were really comfortable and the bathroom was new and clean. The room was big and great for 2 adults and 2 children - but it was not cleaned the entire week. (We cleaned the bathroom and swept the floors, not a big deal but still..)
The staff were really friendly and it was great to have a nice central dining area where we hung out on the one rainy day we had.
They set up transfers from the airport for very reasonable prices (beware of scamming ferry men at the dock though who charge you to carry your bag about 4 feet and then charge for the bag transfer and the people transfer separately when it's already included in price! This is not the hotel's fault.)
Lovely new pool and great pizzas and shakes!
Try to negotiate prices though - we got 4 breakfasts included in our rate which was much less than advertised.
Great central position on main beach.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank AsiaLou
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Reviewed 10 February 2011

The food is overpriced and terrible even by Philipino standards, the hotel itself is unorganized and it takes forever to get anything done.

The worst part is that the hotel lied to me and ruined my entire vacation. Do not stay at this hotel all they care about is stealing from you!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Malapascua Legend

Address: Bounty Beach | Daan Bantayan, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Malapascua Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Malapascua Island
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Malapascua Island
Price Range: £32 - £71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Malapascua Legend 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Malapascua Island is situated two and a half hours away by car and four hours away by bus from the city of Cebu. A barangay of the town of Daanbantayan, Malapascua Island takes pride in its world class diving spots and pristine white sand beaches. It is widely referred by locals as the "Boracay of Cebu." As a diving destination, Malapascua Island has become known for its beautiful coral gardens and excellent local dive spots, as well as further out sites like Gato Island, Monad Shoal, and Kemod Shoal. Monad Shoal is an underwater plateau where thresher sharks and manta rays can be seen on a regular basis. The town's name is derived from two Spanish words, "mal" and "pascua", which translated in English means, "bad" and "Easter" or bad Christmas. According to locals, the Spaniards named the island that way after they arrived there on a stormy Christmas. Malapascua Island is a promise of a great dive and a relaxing beach experience, making it a popular travel destination for local and foreign tourists alike. ... more   less 
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