Gato Island

  • must see
  • Cave
  • Tunnel
  • Sharks
  • Sea snakes
  • Gato Island
Access
From Boat
Diver Level
Novice
Depth
Average: 32.8 ft
Maximum: 78.72 ft
Current
Low, but sometimes can be strong.
Visibility
Average: 32.8 ft
Maximum: 98.4 ft

Gato Island, one of most well-known sites, is a marine reserve and sea snake sanctuary. Breeding sea snake's season lasts from March to September. This site includes at least 5 dive sites: Whitetip Alley, Nudibranch City, The Guardhouse reef, The Cave, The Tunnel and Cathedral rock. The Guardhouse reef is suitable for novice divers, other four sites are for experienced divers. The Tunnel is especially great - it is a 30m/98ft tunnel houses all the usual cave dwellers: crabs, lobsters and cardinal fish, also it is home to whitetip sharks. The cave has some overhangs and many swim troughs.

When to go

The water temperature ranges from 27C/81F to 30C/86F. In December, January and February the water temperature decreases to around 25C/77F. The average air temperature is 27-32C/81-89F. The best visibility is from June to September.

What to see

There is an abundance of marine species such as banded sea snakes, stingrays, tuna, snappers, nudibranchs, porcupine fish, cuttlefish, seahorses, puffer fish, scorpion fish and mantis shrimp. Away from the reef divers can see schools of squid and big-mouthed mackerel. Island is known for sightings of sharks such as the cat, bamboo and white tip reef sharks resting in the cave and under rocks.


Specials

  • Malapascua French Kiss Divers Malapascua

    Diving (by Dives)

    Price of one dive might vary with number of dives you order. Discover the wonderful dive sites in Malapascua and meet animal species such as thresher sharks, manta rays, whale sharks or hammerhead sharks and all exotic species that Malapascua has to offer! Our dives are guided entirely in French or English with our certified and experienced guides and instructors. The island has a variety of dive sites that are suitable for all levels as well as two wrecks. To access the dives sites, you must hold a level of diving from a recognized federation as CMAS, CMAS, PADI, SSI, NAUI or other federation. We propose four dives a day with different schedules according to the sites and according to the species that you want to discover. For holders of certified Nitrox, our dives are also possible with Nitrox and the corresponding training if you are not yet certified.
  • Malapascua Evolution

    10 Dives Package

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only
  • Malapascua Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort

    10 Dives Package

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only
  • Malapascua Malapascua's Thresher Shark Divers

    6 Dives + 3 Nights Accommodations in Slam's Garden Resort (DBL)

    Diving plus double accommodations Slam's Garden Resort for 3 nights. Slam's Garden Resort is a new resort built about 50m from the sea, just behind Thresher Shark Divers. The spacious rooms are in two blocks. Rooms come with hot and cold water. There is a safe in each room. Rooms are double as standard. Triple or Quad are also available. Twin beds on request. The price is for two persons. You can't book a single entry of this product. If you travel alone or with non-diver, for more information please contact us via "Live Chat" or drop us a line.
  • Malapascua Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort

    10 Dives Package (incl. Equipment Rental)

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only
  • Malapascua Malapascua's Thresher Shark Divers

    10 Dives + 5 Nights Accommodations in Slam's Garden Resort (DBL)

    Diving plus double accommodations Slam's Garden Resort for 5 nights. Slam's Garden Resort is a new resort built about 50m from the sea, just behind Thresher Shark Divers. The spacious rooms are in two blocks. Rooms come with hot and cold water. There is a safe in each room. Rooms are double as standard. Triple or Quad are also available. Twin beds on request. The price is for two persons. You can't book a single entry of this product. If you travel alone or with non-diver, for more information please contact us via "Live Chat" or drop us a line.

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