Diving in Malapascua

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THE DIVE SITES

MONAD SHOAL

Monad Shoal made Malapascua what it is today, a divers heaven for Thresher Sharks. This is the only place on the planet where you can find Thresher Sharks on a daily base and shallow enough for recreational divers. Depending on the season encounters with devil rays, whitetip reef sharks or Manta rays are possible. Please follow all rules explained to you by your divemaster during the briefing.

CALANGGAMAN ISLAND

This island has one of the most stunning white beaches of the entire Philippines. The top of the reef starts between 5 and 10 meters, until the edge where you find the impressive drop off. Good visibility normally around that island and a lot of different things to see. Pygmy seahorses are one of the highlights followed by frogfish, schools of jacks, snappers, fusiliers and anthias can be seen along the beautiful wall which is covered with sponges, sea fans and a huge diversity of different hard and soft corals.

DAKIT DAKIT

A gently dive site which can be seen from our dive center if you look to the right while facing the beach. Small rocks coming out of the water and bring some nice formations above and under the water. A nice soft coral garden with many things to see, different nudibranch, flatworms, pipefish and even seahorses can be found. A perfect dive site to refresh your scuba skills, do a night dive or just to enjoy a shallow dive - with a smile...

DEEP ROCK

The tiny sunken island in the northern part of Malapascua is one of the best dive sites around. The flat top of that rock lies in about 14m depth, all around are sheer walls down to 30m, with a slope on the south side towards the east. The reef walls are covered in stunning and very colorful soft corals. Frogfish, nudibranchs, different shrimps and crabs are guaranteed, but Deep Rock always has his special surprises.

DEEP SLOPE

A very interesting reef with a huge diversity of different macro life. A small wall is turning into a unique sand dune where garden eels can be spotted on every dive. Pygmy seahorses can be spotted among the many sea fans or even flamboyant cuttlefish can be seen at the sandy bottom. nudibranchs, pipefish, frogfish and cowfish are recent visitors on that reef. A great dive site with a unique topography.

DONA MARILYN

The ferry of the Dona Marilyn was traveling between Cebu and Leyte until typhoon “Ruby” sank the boat on the 23rd of October 1988. The 99 meter long ferry lies intact on her starboard side with a max. depth of 32 m creating a fantastic artificial reef. The hull is covered in a huge variety of different black corals. Plenty of fish living around or inside the wreck, which gives perfect shelter for juvenile fish. Marble rays and white tip sharks can be spotted here on a regular base.

EVO REEF

The special dive site Evo Reef is actually “only” a sandy bottom with a sea gras field. Not much corals can be found there but it is still a stunning dive site with many surprises. Pegasus, seahorses, eels, crabs, frogfish and many different nudibranchs can be seen here on a regular base. Sea Explorers sank their old banka boat “Katawa” over there to give some fish a place to hide and live. Great for check up and night dives.

GATO ISLAND

The island is recognized as a banded sea krait breading ground. Encounters with one of these highly poisonus snakes is probable. Overhangs and small caves give hiding places to white tip reef sharks. The amount and different colors of soft corals is truely amazing. Cuttlefish, seahorses, big mouth mackerel, nudibranchs and many other species can be seen on every dive. The tunnel through the island is one of the highlights at Gato Island. Surely 3 complete different dives can be made here.

LAPUS II

A very interesting dive sites full of surprises. At 12 m two big rocks form a mini wall down to 20 m when it turns to a sandy bottom with many different colored sea fans. Schools of anthias, butterfly fish and damsels can be seen here through the dives. But all the other highlights like frogfish, sea snakes, lionfish, different nudibranchs and even sometimes whitetip reef sharks can be spotted here as well. Good for all levels of divers.

LAPUS LAPUS

One of the great dive sites around Malapascua island. Strong currents create a perfect habitat for different soft corals in a colorful coral garden. Great rock formations, small canyons, holes and an overhang gives plenty of hiding opportunities for nudibranchs, frogfish, flatworms and many more species. Huge sponges and different sea fans are common, pygmy seahorses are here as well if the conditions are perfect.

LAPUS PINNACLE

An underwater pinnacle which is similar to Deep Rock. The shallow area starts in about 10m and slopes gently down to a max. depth of 23m. On the other side we find a small wall which is about 10m deep and ends in the sandy bottom. This is a great divesite suitable for all level of divers. Great macro life can be spotted here.

LIGHTHOUSE

THE place on Malapascua to see Mandarin Fish performing their mating dance during the sunset, especially during the days of fullmoon. Sea horses are very common at this site as well together with bobtail squids, weird crabs with anemones growing on them and a lot of other different species you might never have seen before. A great sunset dive and a great experience for the first night divers.

CHOCOLATE ISLAND

A small island located between Malapascua and the northern tip of Cebu, Maya. Easy and shallow dives can be made here, even if current can be sometimes strong at this dive site. There will be always some area where to hide from the currents. The shallow area is mostly rocks covered in soft corals until it starts to slope down towards a sandy bottom. Leather corals, barrel sponges, sea fans and other different soft corals are a perfect hiding place for most critters around Malapascua.