A PARADISE found on Malapascua!
Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
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Malapascua is special.
Beyond the stunning white beaches and turquoise water, this tiny island is habited by small local villages full of life and smiles. Children run around naked without shoes, covered in dirt from head to toe. The main "beach road" consists of a 15 minute walk of a handful of restaurants and hotels and it is very quaint. There is no overcrowding of tourists. There are no markets or grocery store - just a tiny shack made of bamboos that sell chips and water on wooden shelves. The island is so small (you can walk around the entire island in a few hours) everybody becomes a familiar face after a day or two. This island is mainly visited by divers who are here to see Trasher Sharks, so the community is also close
This is a truly unique island. A Paradise indeed.
Yesterday I was a bit under the weather so we decided to skip diving and take a walk around the island. We headed north to see a lighthouse and we were soon surrounded by children who were eager to guide us to our destination. They loved posing for pictures, and saying the only words they seem to know - "this way!" A group of 2 boys and 2 girls who were no more then 10 yrs old led us up a hill to a lighthouse, followed by a maze of alleys of villagers' backyards. We would have never been able to find this place on our own!! As Luis slipped and fell on the rocks we were climbing, we noticed that the boys were barefeet and running up the rocky terrains! Unbelievable.
From the lighthouse, we saw some amazing views of the coast below and asked the boys to take us there. So we followed the boys down the rocky hills and narrow alleys between homes in the villages again...then they led us through a fence that said "private property" as if the sign didn't exist!
Uh, are you sure this is ok?!?
Oh what the heck
A few meters onto the private property, we reached the tip of the island where there was a panoramic 270 degrees of coastal beach view!!!! WOOOOOOOW was all we can say. Actually I believe our actual words were "holy shiiiiit!"
As the boys ran around the property climbing trees, throwing pebbles and wrestling each other, Luis and I took in the stunning view and snapped away at our cameras.
As we made our way back through the villages, I was just so humbled by the simplicity of their lifestyle. These people literally live in a "shack" made if bamboos. There are community wells where water is carried back to private homes. Children as small as toddlers are left outside unattended and roam freely. Kids find entertainment in their natural surroundings, playing games made of bottle caps or wooden sticks. I'm usually not one to be moved by kids but seeing their innocence warmed my heart.