To be honest, we don’t have enough funds for our 6-day tour in Western Visayas. Hence, we choose Malalison Island over Isla de Gigantes.
We don’t know more about Malalison Island as it was the first time I heard about the place. We decided to book our tours through Katahum Tours for as low as P1,749/person. It already includes round trip boat ride to the island from the baywalk of Culasi, entrance fees, island guides, native cottages, and lunch.
However, this blog won’t be known if not because of the budget trips that I’ve shared to you my readers. I decided to give you a rough estimate on how much budget you need for an overnight or day tour should you choose to do it on your own. 🙂
Depending on your point of origin, but Culasi, Antique can be reached via Iloilo, Caticlan, or Kalibo through bus. Fare is around P180-200 (one way). Once you reached the bus terminal of Culasi, you can hire a trike (tricycle) going to the boulevard where the tourism satellite office is located.
In order to reach Malalison Island, you’ll need to hire a fishing boat. A small boat that can accommodate 5 persons would cost P700 (round trip). Just coordinate with the tourism officer who’s on duty.
A P10 (for local tourist) and P40 (for foreign tourist) registration fee to be collected upon registration.
There’s no fancy resorts in the island. The decent place you can get is a homestay. It would cost P250/person per night. You may also setup your own tent and pay P150.
A visit to this island won’t be complete without the trek to the island’s 2nd highest peak. You can hire a local tour guide for only P200 (not necessary, but highly recommended).
No available restaurant, but you can cook at your chosen homestay or ask the caretakers to cook your meal for you for a minimal fee. There were small market and sari-sari stores where you can buy your basic needs.
Basically, it will cost you less than P1,500 for the day tour or roughly P2, 500 for an overnight. This does not include plane ticket and other expenses that were not mentioned above.