When to go
The climate of the Philippines is tropical with an average year-round temperature of 32șC and water temperatures averaging at about 28șC. From March to May it is always hot and dry, the coolest from December till February. June till October is considered the low season with the more chance of encountering rain, which however mainly happens late afternoon or at night.
There are daily flights to Cebu with a number of airlines via the respective hubs. The flight from London to Cebu takes about 15 hours in total, not including the connection times in the relevant hub cities.
At Cebu airport you will be met by a resort representative for the 3 hours car journey to Maya on the northern tip of the island of Cebu, followed by a 30 minute boat ride to Malapascua.
There is not really any transport on Malapascua and since you can walk around the island in about 2 hours you can do any exploration on foot.
For stays of up to 21 days, most European community nationals require a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from the date of arrival, as well as a return ticket.
Local Airport Tax
The international departure tax is currently P550, payable at Cebu airport
The national language is Filipino, which is based on the language of Tagalog, and there are at least one or two dialects spoken in every region. The Philippines is currently the third-largest English speaking country in the world and English is both spoken and understood throughout the country.
The official currency is the Philippine Peso. Most foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, hotels and authorised foreign exchange dealers. Traveller's cheques are widely accepted, as are all major credit cards. However, outside of Manila and apart from credit cards, the Philippine Peso is the preferred and recommended form of payment.
There are no vaccinations required to enter the Philippines. Even though the Philippines is a tropical country with some of the usual tropical diseases, it is unlikely that with a few basic precautions you will experience anymore than maybe jetlag, an upset stomach or a sunburn.