Malapascua Island Things to Do

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    dive with dan's dive the cheapest

    by Rastarigo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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):
    monad shoal..................1,175
    night dive.......................1,175 + 250
    gato island................... 1,175 + 350
    marine park fee.............100 per day

    discounts:
    5 dives...........................4%
    6 dives...........................6%
    7-9 dives........................8%
    10-12 dives....................11%
    13 or more dives............15%

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    Gato Island took my breath away

    by Rastarigo Written Sep 6, 2007

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    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)

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    Whitetip Reef Shark@ Gato Island

    by muddybok Updated Nov 22, 2006

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    Gato Island is one place you can see big, fat, lazy whitetip reef sharks shelter in the caves or beneath rocks and couldn't care less if you keep taking photos of them. My two dives at Gato Island on both directions starting from the big cave are rewarded with many big, fat whitetip, nudibranches, frogfish and of cause array for soft/hard corals and countless anemone fishes.

    We read about dynamite fishing around Maya/Malapascua area and we actually heard the big blasts twice and some of us thought that our tanks go busted or equipments failed. We were panic for short minute (we think slower underwater) before we concluded that was a dynamite fishing blast. Well, at 23 meters level you really don't want to have your dive gears fail on you alright.

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    Also Featuring.....

    by muddybok Updated Nov 4, 2006

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    I only covered 3 dive sites during my stay at Malapascua Island. Beside the thresher sharks at Monad Shoal and whitetips at Gato, we also see mantis shrimp, painted anglerfish (Antennarius pictus), scorpion fishes, seahorses, cuttlefish and many more.

    We also get to see some beautiful seafans and sea squirts and they are actually some of the best photographic subjects. As for the lionfishes and anemone fishes, we almost overdosed of all that.

    Warning: Mantis shrimps may appear to be very shy, in actual fact they are very aggressive large crustaceans.

    Called "sea locusts" by ancient Assyrians, and now sometimes referred to as "thumb splitters" by modern divers - because of the relative ease the creature has in mutilating small appendages - mantis shrimp sport powerful claws, formed like jackknives, that they use to attack and kill prey by spearing, stunning or dismemberment. Some pet mantis shrimp have managed to break through their double-paned aquarium glass with a single strike from this weapon. (fact from Wikipedia)

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    Shaggadelic Mandarinfishes @Light House

    by muddybok Updated Nov 3, 2006

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    Shaggadelic Mandarinfishes
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    Synchiropus splendidus or commonly known as mandarinfish is probably one of the most beautiful fishes in the world. Unfortunately, the extreme beauty also end them to be the most preferred aquarium fishes and lots of illegal harvesting of mandarinfishes worldwide to fill in the great demand of the fish.

    For that reason, i am not going to disclose full details (where, when, how) on sighting of the fish. All i can tell you is i saw them and they are extremely beautiful. Its now for you to travel to Malapascua to spot the mandarinfishes in their natural habitats and i do hope that you'll appreciate existence of such beautiful fish and do not purchase one from your nearest aquarium. Just let them be in they natural habitats.


    Mandarinfishes have they right to be beautiful and live in their natural habitats, we have no right to rob their freedom and kept them in the tank/aquarium.

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    Thresher Sharks Sighting

    by muddybok Updated Nov 3, 2006

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    Thresher Shark .... for real
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    Thresher shark sighting is really the reason for the island. I mean nobody will want to visit a small island 3 hours road journey that cost between USD40-60 one way transfer unless you use local bus transportation (longer hours, but very cheap). Further more, its closest competition is a beautiful Bantayan island.

    How lucky can one be if you sighted the thresher sharks on you very first dive after 2 months diving break? I do have the privilege to do so, only because i switch dive shop last minute and dive with Malapascua Exotic Island Dive and Beach Resort who runs the first dive shop on the island.

    I have "warning" tips on which dive shop you must not dive with, do click into that.

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    Monad Shoal is a must

    by Rastarigo Updated Sep 6, 2007

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    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.

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  • Friendly & warm Dive experience at Divelink

    by Autumnleaf Updated Jan 16, 2008

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    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.

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    Sunsplash Floating Bar

    by limledi Updated Apr 11, 2007

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    Sunsplash Floating Bar

    The Sunsplash belonging to Matthias, a German, offers European and Asian food as well as videos, billiard and music. If the weather's right and there are enough people interested, his Floating Bar is hooked onto a tow-line and then pulled around the island at a leisurely pace - a popular event and a lot of fun.

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    Island Tour

    by mizzy_019 Written Apr 7, 2006

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    Beach Front
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    We hired a boat to give us a tour and snorkel around the island. They showed us the japanese ship wreck, beach front area of some resorts, beautiful corals and some other corals. I think it only lasted for an hour and half..yeah, that's how small Malapascua is. One of the locals told us that you can go around the island by walking in 3 hours..

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    Absolutely diving!

    by Mara_2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!

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    Snorkelling

    by cathy20 Written Jul 9, 2006

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    Since we don't dive, snorkelling is the next best thing. But in Malapascua, I am a bit worried about the corals since the boatmen just drop their anchor anywhere (even in the middle of a nice coral garden). It's really painful for me to see them so unconcerned. In the the first place these corals are important for their livelihood. If you want to snorkel don't hire a boat, go from the beach.

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    Dive, Dive and Dive some more......

    by mtnguy Written Apr 15, 2007

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    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.

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    Maldito

    by limledi Updated Jun 21, 2007

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    Maldito

    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.

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    Lazy on the beach

    by Mara_2 Written Jan 14, 2008

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    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!

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