Dive in Malapascua

Diving packages in Malapascua

Open Water Course (3 to 4 days)

IThe most popular scuba diving course in the world is the PADI Open Water Course. This course gives you the foundational knowledge and skills you need to be able to dive with a buddy independent of supervision. The course consists of classroom sessions, where you learn about the theory of diving through watching PADI videos and completing Knowledge Reviews, followed by a simple exam. There are…

Discover Scuba Diving (½ day)

Have you ever thought of diving but just don’t have the time? Well here at Exotic in just half a day you can experience the delights of the underwater world, through our professional PADI instructor led Discover Scuba Diving program. After a straightforward knowledge development session covering equipment, safety and diving skills you are ready to discover the attractions of underwater…


2 Dives Total THE DONNA MARILYN (Wreck) Distance: 1.5 hours Min. Depth: 18 meters Max. Depth: 32 meters The Dona Marilyn is a Filipino passenger ferry that sank on the 23rd of October 1988 in Typhoon Rudy. The 98 meter long ferry now lies intact on her starboard side in 32 meters of water, creating a unique artificial reef. Beneath the bow and stern you can find Marble […] Other…

3 x fun dives

Three fun dives on some of the beautiful reefs around Malapascua. The package includes full scuba gear rental and is dependent on availability and conditions.

Open Water Course Courses include Instructor fees, free equipment rental.

Who should take this course? If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to…

Diving in Malapascua

Tresher Shark

(Photo by: Evolution Divecenter)

Malapascua has a great variety of dive sites - there is big stuff and small stuff, reefs and wrecks, amazing coral dives and sandy muck dives, wall dives and more. Because the diving is very varied with many different influences there is a great variety of marine life. All the dive sites have excellent macro, so there is always plenty to see. Some divers have rated Malapascua's dive spots as some of the world's best diving!

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Thresher Sharks! One of the few places in the world that you have a good chance of regularly seeing thresher sharks is a place called Monad shoals and it is just 20 minutes by boat from Malapascua. On a stretch of reef top about a depth of 23m the sharks appear at the start of the day, sometimes just one and if you are lucky up to four or more. Their early appearance means an early start for the divers – often leaving at 5.00am! Occasionally manta rays and hammerheads are seen here as well.

The dive sites at the nearby Calanggaman Island combine steep walls along which you may see passing pelagics with beautiful corals surrounding big boulders. The dives here are often part of a day trip with snorkelling in the shallows.

Tiny Gato Island is a sea snake sanctuary and is the home of several resting white tip reef sharks. The Gato Island cave runs through the island and divers can make their way from one side of the island to the other via the cave.

The Donna Marilyn wreck is a 90m long cargo boat that sank in 1982. At 32m deep it is easily accessible and perfect for dives on Nitrox. There is good coral growth on the wreck and it is home to both macro and micro species.

Malapascua is also and excellent area for Macro, often compared with Lembeh, in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Many housereef slopes are incredible macro sites, not to forget the Mandarin Fish dive in the Lighthouse divesite.

Surrounding Malapascua and just minutes away from the dive centre there are a number of reefs that are perfect for novices and photographers.



Fun at Thresher Cove Beach

Travel to Malapascua


Malapascua is a beautiful small island just off the northern tip of Cebu. Small enough to walk around in just a few hours and dotted with tiny fishing villages it is very much the classic Pacific island hideaway. The white sands of Bounty beach are the main business stretch of the island and it has a sprinkling of dive shops and resorts but the island largely remains quiet and free from large numbers of visitors.

Divers come here for the chances to see thresher sharks, manta rays and to dive at Gato Island and the Donna Marilyn wreck. It also offers offers whitetip sharks, hammerheads (seasonal), wrecks, mandarin fish, countless nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, cuttlefish, beautiful unspoiled coral gardens and a huge diversity of marine life. Malapascua Island has something for all divers, so come and dive the best kept secret of the Philippines - indeed of South East Asia. The Philippines is the new Thailand, but with much better diving and without the crowds.

For non divers there is a sense of peace and tranquillity on the island that is hard to beat. The interior of the island has small cottages with pretty flowered filled gardens and a maze of pathways that run from cove to cove. There are beautiful clear skies in the evenings allowing you to watch shooting stars. The overall calm is helped by the absence of any four wheel motor vehicles!

It is a small island and this can mean that electrical supply is on occasion sporadic and the water can be a little salty but this is a small price to pay as most of us would like to see Malapascua retain its natural feel. The island is an idyllic getaway for divers and non-divers alike.

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  • Arriving at Gato Island

    Arriving at Gato Island
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  • Our beautiful 78ft traditional dive boat

    Our beautiful 78ft traditional dive boat
  • Dive with these beauties every day

    Dive with these beauties every day
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  • Thresher Shark, Malapascua Island by Kelvin Aitken

    Thresher Shark, Malapascua Island by Kelvin Aitken
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  • Thresher Shark (by Evolution Divecenter)

    Thresher Shark (by Evolution Divecenter)
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  • male Manfarin Fish Malapascua Island, Cebu Philippines

    male Manfarin Fish Malapascua Island, Cebu Philippines
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  • Fun at Thresher Cove Beach

    Fun at Thresher Cove Beach
  • Thresher Shark, Malapascua Island

    Thresher Shark, Malapascua Island