Malapascua Island is a Filipino island situated in the Visayan Sea, located across a shallow strait from the northernmost tip of Cebu Island.
Divers come here for the opportunity to watch the deep water Thresher Sharks at the cleaning station, Monad Shoal. This sunken island about 20-26m deep is the only one in the world where divers can routinely see the routinely see Pelagic thresher sharks as well as the common thresher shark. Being sensitive to light, the threshers get themselves cleaned in the early hours of the morning so divers that want to get a glimpse of the rare sharks need to get up at 5am or earlier. In the afternoon, lucky divers can also get th chance to see mantas at the cleaning station as well.
Apart from the big fish, Malapascua also has some excellent macro life! Spot Harlequinn Shrimp, mandarin fish, countless nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses in beautiful unspoiled coral gardens.
After the top-class diving is over, you can explore the island, visiting the villages, trying the local food and welcoming hospitality of the Philippines people. Malapascua is so small that you can walk around the entire island within a few hours but like many of the the Philippine Islands, Malapascua’s best features are the beautiful white beaches with pristine water. So in between diving, there is a lot of time for relaxation on the pretty beaches of this idyllic island.
Best Time To Dive
Diving in Malapascua Island is best experienced in the daybreak when you’ll be able to swim through along with amazing thresher sharks. Malapascua has a couple of seasons which are wet and dry seasons. Wet season falls every June to December and the best time to dive is during dry season which falls every January to May.
The huge diversity of marine life in Malapascua includes hammerhead sharks, whitetip sharks, mandarin fish, countless nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, frogfish, cuttlefish, endless crustacean species, beautiful unspoiled coral gardens and much more...