Malapascua Island, Philippines - Some of the friendliest people I met were on the island of Malapascua in the Philippines – we didn’t want to leave! Everyone seemed to genuinely appreciate having us on the island. Tourism can be a double-edged sword. The influx of money can do wonders for a local economy, but it often strips that town of its own culture (I’m talking to you Thailand, specifically Phuket).
So while tourism isn’t new to them – people have been coming to Malapascua to see Thresher Sharks for years, it’s VERY difficult to get to, and it didn’t always offer electricity. It’s still difficult to get there, but thanks to some generators, the island now has 24 hours of electricity in most hotels. It’s new enough that you see signs advertising that they have 24 hours of electricity; it reminded me of old motels growing up that would advertise on signs that they have color TV. Ooooh!