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Diving in Malapascua

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When to go to Malapascua

Malapascua is a year-round destination with a typical tropical climate. The rainy season starts in June and runs through to October time. The high season is from December to May with less chance of rain. The average air temperature: 27-32C /75-84F. The water temperature varies from 26-30C/-86F. The water visibility is on average from 5 to 30m/16-98ft, being reduced from November to January because of high plankton density. The currents are generally low, but can be strong.


What to see

Divers can see Thresher Shark, Hammerhead sharks (from December to April), manta ray, barracudas, mobulas, snapper. There are plenty of soft corals growing around the island. Malapascua is a great place to observe rare macro species such as colorful mandarin fish, pipefish, superb flamboyant cuttlefish, seahorses and frogfish.

Scuba diving in Malapascua

Malapascua Island is situated north of Cebu. The closest airport is Mactan-Cebu, from where you got to go to Maya (145 km) and then to Malapascua by ferry. Malapascua has an unspoiled underwater scenery and beautiful sandy beaches Divers can explore reefs, walls, drop offs, caves and several WWII wrecks in this area. The island is famous for being the only place in the world where divers can watch the rare Thresher Shark on a regular basis. It is a great destination for underwater photography.


Most popular dive sites

One of the most popular sites is Monad Shoal, a sunken island at about 20m/65ft famous for the cleaning station for Thresher Sharks There are three nice wrecks to dive, ranging from 10m/33ft to 70m/230ft deep. One of them, Dona Marilyn, is a former 100m/328ft long ferry which sank in 1988 during a typhoon. There are some little islands close to Malapascua, one of worth visiting is Gato Island, which is a marine sanctuary, and another one is Lapus-Lapus. Gato Island features rocky landscape and a very rich marine life, including reef sharks resting in a cave, and some bamboo sharks. Lapus-Lapus features impressive growing colonies of hard and soft corals.

Dive centers in Malapascua

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