Get intimate with the Thresher Sharks of Malapascua

Star of the Show, Published in Rappler and Sport Diver

Malapascua is a paradise for divers of all skill levels and needs. Beyond the obvious star of the show, the thresher shark, the white tip sharks and underwater landscape of Gato Island adds to making you fall deeply..madly in love with it.

featured on Rappler
Kimod shoal offers opportunities to see hammerhead sharks at 150ft, not as prolific as thresher shark sightings but this summer, they have been seen occasionally and personally saw a small school of ten gingerly swimming below us.

not a great shot..just proof of hammerhead sighting :)

Macro photographers will be delighted with the abundance of subjects like close to guaranteed mating mandarin fishes at the lighthouse, interesting nudibranchs species around all dive sites, occasional blue ring octopus appearances, seahorses and frogfishes of all colors, just to name a few of what you will see.

Gato Island is home to Black Tip, Grey Reef and White Tip Sharks

guaranteed huge Mandarin fishes

the 32 strong happy crew
Our Trip video

Beyond diving, the island is very suitable for none diving friends and topside photographers, just to chill around, get a tan, go on a food trip, capture sunrise, sunsets, do group jump shots amidst powder fine white sand, go for yourself and be inspired. Food is quite pricey on white men row (foreigner owned resorts, around P300/usd7-8 up for a decent meal) but there are enough local stores in the middle of the island where you can buy anything for cheap while the most popular local restaurant 'Ging Ging' serves omelettes, pasta and rice meals starting at P65/usd1.50. Backpackers will be delighted there are fan rooms available for as low as P500 but the aircon rooms start at P1,500/usd50 to as high as P5,000/usd120+/-. Globe & Smart (local telcos) have good coverage but 3g connections can get torpid during primetime (11am-130pm/ 5pm-10pm)

In summary, Malapascua has very good diving and caters to everyone, budget or luxury accommodations are available. It is one place you must do in your lifetime and as shared, you will fall in love with this little slice of paradise north of Cebu City.

published in Mabuhay Magazine

Star of the show

Nice shot from PaparazSea! We love the Theshers in Malapascua, one of the great Philippines dive experiences.
Posted by Dive Philippines on Thursday, September 5, 2013

Getting there: (4 options)
1. Private Transfer van from airport roundtrip P10,000/usd250 good for 6 pax divers full gear, 8 none divers to Maya point (3-4 hours)
2a. Taxi- P3500/usd87 one way to maya point
3. Vhire public minivans- P200/usd5 from Northern thern terminal (taxi from airport to southern terminal=P200)
4. Public Bus- P180/usd4.50 from Northern terminal (taxi from airport to Northern terminal=P200)
All options, last connection- Maya Point to Dabantayan/Malapascua via banka P80+/-

Diving Costs:

P1500/usd38 per dive, minimum 4 pax to go to far flung islands e,g, gato island.

Exchange rate as of May 21- Php40.5= USD1

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