We planned this trip as Malapascua is considered as one of the best diving spots in the world and the only one where is possible a "meeting" with a famous thresher sharks!
Seeing this shark is really a wonderful experience, as they're deep waters sharks and rarely can be seen in recreative diving!
Also, as I said in my introduction page, the soft corals are the best I've seen so far - much better than those on the Red Sea! It is almost a magical experience to see an endless carpet of soft corals stretching before you!
The dives generally are not very deep and you can enjoy a very, very long dives - the longest we had was 96 minutes!
On top of one of the buildings, you'll find the Spa Massage service.
We have tried the Exotic Combination Massage and it is so very relaxing. After you'll feel so relaxed that you'll have problems climbing stairs! :D
The cost was 600 pesos and one can think it high if compared to other masseurs who offer massage on th beach, but if you consider that it is done in a Spa, it is rather inexpensive!
Remember to book the massage the day before, as it is always full!
had a pleasant dive with dan's dive. huge boat manned by at least 4 crew- the boat captain and the rest are dive assistants who helped us suit up and attended to our needs to ensure everything's ok before the plunge. i won't have second thoughts picking them again next time. i'd really love to patronize small dive operators like dan's which apparently don't pale in comparison to other more established dive operators in malapascua in terms of quality service. to think they are probably the cheapest around, i'm looking forward to diving with them again. judith the secretary was very responsive to my inquiries before we landed on the island that's why as a gesture of gratitude i didn't change my mind about engaging their service. one thing, i love the wetsuit and cressi fins i used from them i feel like ditching my own gear and beg them to sell it to me.
dive rates (complete gear included):
night dive.......................1,175 + 250
gato island................... 1,175 + 350
marine park fee.............100 per day
13 or more dives............15%
when we arrive in malapascua, after we settle our accom and put our things off we go straight to our tour in malapascua. first stop is light house. at first we thought we can walk for an hour going to light house. but from our accom, they suggest to take a single motorcycle for only P20 per head one way. 3 people in a motor, the driver and two person can sit.
me & vt barbs while on our way to lighthouse always shout coz of the road. Narrow and some down roads experience.so we didnt pursue our plan to walk going back to our accom.
from the drop off point of motor they will point you where you can start to walk and trek to ligh house. just only a short trek. and once you reach the ligh house, breath taking view can be seen. magnificient & wonderful view. you must visit the light house.
we happen to see 5 kids who take their rest from gathering woods. we take our snacks here and barbs gave the children the graham biscuit and some candies.
make a boatrip to calangaman island on small boat
it is safe..you will get brought to a small paradise island for snorkelling and relaxing
feeling like Robinson Crusoe
nice food will prepared by the crew
One can find women offering beach massage along Bounty Beach. These women usually wear some sort of uniform - T-shirt saying beach massage, and they all wear the same T-shirts, different colours on different days. The masseuse would choose a good spot on the beach, usually a few steps from where the masseuse accosted the client, lay a large sarong, and request the client to doff their clothes (keeping on their trunks and bikinis) and lie down on the sarong for a coconut oil full-body massage. Quality of the massage varies according to one's luck, in getting a good masseuse. It costs 300 pesos (about US$14) for an hour, while massages offered at your resort is usually priced at 600 pesos.
My friends and I went to Malapascua specifically for the diving and Thresher shark sightings. All the dive operators on the island are owned or co-owned by foreigners.
Of the operators, Divelink Cebu probably had one of the most reasonable rates and the warmest and sincerest dive guides and owner who embodied the welcoming nature of the island and islanders. The 2 ladies handling my group's reservation and details were flexible and very helpful even when we made all sorts of changes at the last minute. They also helped us arrange for transport and accommodation at Cebu city itself without charging us middlemen fees.
The dive masters, captain and instructors were genuine in wanting to help us capture as much of the beautiful underwater sight as possible. Unlike a few other dive operators we noticed on the island, Divelink might appear rather disorganised with no time-table and operating pretty much on a trust basis. But we liked that the captain and co would accommodate our requests.
I took my Advanced Open Water with Divelink and at the end of the course, my instructor,Edison, invited my friends and I to the shop for a dinner hosted by him. It was great eating with the crew and other divers and laughing the night away. That was definitely not part of the package but that gesture left us with wonderful memories of our trip.
It is my favoured thing to do while on vacation!
The beach is soft, white and clean and the resort supplies free-of-charge the beach towels and plastic beds and chairs, so you can position one under the plam and pass a couple of our relaxing or reading a book while sipping a cool fresh-fruit juice that a very kkind waitress will bring you from the bar!
The sea is very shallow, but you can float with ease and get refreshed.
The beach is cleaned all days in late afternoon so there's no trash on it!
1. You can hire a motorcycle to Bantigue island, etc. We only went to Bantigue and it was great. The weather was cold and rainy in early january but I bet it's spectacular in the summer.
2. You can visit their chapel - Nuestra Senora de Desamparados if you're a catholic or if you're guilty enough of all the good things that comes your way. The chapel opens at the side. Yes, they allow picture taking.
4. Dive!!! - you'll be crazy if you don't. That's why you came man. We had ours in Divelink and found an excellent instructor in Gary.
Malapascua is the only place in the world where the magnificent thresher sharks can easily be seen on a daily basis, so come and see these amazing creatures in action! The long trip to the island was made worth by my close encounter with the most beautiful shark in the world.
Gato Island 24m / 80ft
Gato is a marine reserve and sea snake sanctuary. It has at least five dive sites with a huge diversity of marine life. We are constantly seeing new creatures. At all sites you can see such things as banded sea snakes, cuttlefish (often while mating), seahorses, nudibranchs, frogfish, moray eels, scorpion fish, squid and big-mouthed mackerel. There are many whitetip sharks in residence at Gato, as well as bamboo and cat sharks. The coral is in good condition and the rocky island has many interesting underwater rock formations, overhangs, and swim-throughs.
Gato: The Cave 10m / 35ft
Or more accurately, "The Tunnel". Journey underneath Gato Island and come out the other side! This 30m tunnel houses all the usual cave dwellers like crabs and lobsters. You should also encounter some large puffer fish. Most of exciting of all, the cave is home to whitetip sharks! You may see them hiding in a corner as you pass by inches from their face, or see their silhouette as they circle near the exit. If you are careful, you can sit in the cave and watch them circle. The sight is simply breathtaking. For experienced divers only.
Gato: Cathedral 22m / 75ft
Explore some of the more amazing rock formations around Gato, including the stunning Cathedral rock. This is a great place to see sharks - we have seen as many as 15 whitetips circling. It is also possible to see blue-spotted rays.
(source: Thresher Shark Divers)
A popular round the clock meeting place is the Maldito on the beach at Logon Bay, which covers all tastes: they have a good selection of international, Philippine and Thai food, a salad bar, billiards, disco at the weekends, deli shop and bakery. Right next door to Retsky Sports Bar and the restaurant La Dolce Vita.
Although it has some beautiful white sand beaches, the real reason you come to Malapascua is to dive. Most folks come to try and see Thresher sharks in their only "reliable" viewing area, but the Mantas, Hammerheads, Nudis, Coral and Mandarin fish are not to be missed! Add to that a very nice couple of wrecks, a great house reef, and some nearby swim-throughs, and you have a very diverse and challenging dive environment. There are several dive operations on the island, but the only ones that I would recommend are Exotic, (first and best choice) Thresher Shark Divers, and Sea Extreme. Tim and Zoe at Exotic are both instructors and offer a full range of services and courses if you need that nitrox or advanced certification to get deep enough long enough to hang out and wait for the Threshers, Hammerheads or Mantas.
In 1994 a lighthouse was built on the island, and the panoramic view from the top is a sight worth seeing. If he is around, no doubt the lighthouse keeper would not be averse to letting you up there for a small tip. There is a cloud on the horizon, however.
Mangrove Oriental Resort offers a refreshing sight of the lagoon. It's a quiet secluded place perfect for honeymooners and celebrities who doesn't want to be disturb. A classy resort on a hill, about 15 minutes walk from Bounty Beach which is where the action is.