Malapascua Philippines Dive Map Location Scubahive

Description :
Hailed as having one of the best golden-sand beaches in The Philippines, idyllic Malapascua is well known for its frequent sightings of the shy Thresher Sharks. Given its location within the Coral Triangle, diving here is an absolute delight with beautiful reefs and swimthroughs teeming with marine life from various sharks, to banded sea snakes, and even satisfying macro enthusiasts with mandarin fishes, pgymy seahorses, frog fishes, and more.
Where is it :
Northern Cebu, Philippines
Number of dive sites :
Over 18
Type of Diving :
Guided – shore, boat, deep, drift, night
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
The shy Thresher sharks and mating mandarin fish
Average Water Temperature :
29°C (84.2°F), but may drop to 25°C (77°F) in January
Seasonality :
All year round with Christmas and Easter often times being the peak season.
Typical Visibility :
Ranges from 18m (59ft) to 25m (82ft)
General Current Conditions :
Mild to moderate
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Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Monad Shoal :
• Maximum depth: 40m
• Currents: Mederate to strong
This is probably one of the few times you would be willing to get out of bed at the crack of dawn to head out looking for the thresher sharks. Monad Shoal is an underwater island on the edge of a 200m drop-off. The ideal depth for an encounter with the threshers is between 22m to 27m, which makes getting Nitrox certified an advantage. Although the threshers are the main attraction, keep your eyes peeled for mantas and devil rays gliding around the cleaning station.
Gato Island :
• Maximum depth: 24m
• Currents: Mild
There’s a famous saying “You come to Malapascua to see the thresher sharks, but you leave remembering Gato”. Take a day trip to the marine reserve with a huge diversity of marine life. It is famous for its banded sea snakes and whitetip reef sharks sleeping within the crevasses. The seascape is peppered with hard and soft corals, and the rocky island has many interesting underwater formations, overhangs, and swim-throughs, enough to keep you wanting more! Expect to spot other marine life such as cuttlefish, seahorses, nudibranchs, frogfish, scorpionfish, mantis shrimps, big-mouthed mackerels, and the list just goes on…
Lighthouse :
• Maximum depth: 15m
• Currents: Mild
Usually reserved for sunset or dusk dives, this is where you will almost certainly see the mating mandarin fish in all its glory. The most prolific time of the month is around full moon, but for some unknown reason, they are always mating. This is a unique sighting not to be missed. As the night approaches during your dive, the creatures of the night come out. Expect to spot the bobtail squid, starry night octopus, cuttlefish, juvenile sweetlips, banded pipefish, crabs and seahorses. The perfect shallow dive to end the day!
Housereef :
• Maximum depth: 14m
• Currents: Mild
Dive down a gentle slope to around 14m, where amongst the scattered corals and patches of seagrass, you will find a wide variety of fish and macro life. Artificial structures are everywhere, creating a unique habitat for soft corals and sea life to flourish. Keep a keen eye amongst the seagrass, and you may just find wonderful creatures such as cowfish, lionfish, flatfish, shrimps, pipefish, wonderpus and a variety of nudibranchs.
Lapus Lapus :
• Maximum depth: 30m
• Currents: Mild
Dive into some of the most spectacular coral growth in Malapascua, with a variety of hard and soft corals teeming with marine life. You will be entertained by frogfish, mantis shrimps, sweetlips, cuttlefish, porcelain crabs, commensal shrimps, and a variety of nudibranchs. This is a great macro site and towards the end of your dive while performing your safety stop, you will be hovering upon a seemingly endless beautiful soft coral garden.
Nearest Airport :
Mactan Cebu International Airport (IATA: CEB)
Notes :
Flying into Mactan-Cebu Airport is your gateway to Malapascua with airport transfers to the dive resorts (~4 hours by car, and ~30mins boat ride) typically included in the trip itinerary for your convenience 🙂

If you are already in Cebu and looking for a local adventure, you can alternatively take a 5-hour bus (~PHP150) from the Northern Bus Terminal to Maya (north tip of Cebu). Thereafter take a ~30min private boat (~PHP1500) or public boat (~PHP80) to Malapascua Island. Public boats may be the cheapest option but do note that the boats will only depart if it’s full and often times include additional porter fees. Try to get to Mayab before 5pm or you may need to stay overnight or take a private boat.

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