VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT MONEY!
There are NO cashmachines/ATMS on Malapascua - the nearest ATM is in Bogo, about two hours away by boat and bus! This is bound to change in the future, and we’ll update this page as soon as it does!
Many places do not accept credit cards and most of the ones that do charge an extra 5-10%. (Which is actually illegal in the Philippines - so instead they offer 5-10% rebate on cash purchases, which of course is exactly the same, only legal)
This all means you’re better off bringing cash! It doesn’t matter which currency as there are a couple of money changers on the island - we have found that Sea Explorers usually give the best rate, but this may fluctuate and change. The very best rate will be found in proper banks in Cebu or Manila. If you’re exchanging money on Malapascua, you’re advised to shop around and find the best exchange rate yourself. Traveller’s cheques are not welcome in most places
There are no real internet cafés on Malapascua, but it’s still possible to check your mail and do the odd bit of surfing. At the moment, besides buying your own USB modem somewhere and bringing it and a laptop with you, you have four options.
In our opinion Maldito Restaurant and Bar on Logon Beach currently offers the best internet on Malapascua. They have two stationary computers in the bar and offer WiFi as well. Use of the WiFi is charged very reasonably at only 60 php / hour
Second best, if you have your own laptop, is Oscar’s where you can buy unlimited WiFi access for a day for php 250. You buy the password in the bar, but there’s no easy or middle ground - it’s 250 or nothing.
Your other options are Sunsplash and Exotic. Sunsplash have two laptops that can connect to the internet by a USB modem. The connection is quite horrible however and it’s only really suitable for checking your mail. It’s also expensive.
Exotic has a smal room with two computers, where the speed of the connection is quite reasonable, they do charge quite a lot for the service if you’re not staying there as a guest however. Staying guests at Exotic can enjoy WiFi. They change the password every day which can be a bit annoying, but the connection is good. Sadly outside guests can not buy access to their WiFI.