Malapascua offers numerous spots for a tour to the underwater world and diving is what attracts most of the visitors. Island is famous for its daily, before sunrise trips to Monad Shoal to see Thresher sharks. Threshers are deep water and nocturnal
sharks and are usually very rarely seen by divers. Monad Shoal is a sunken island with max dive depth of 32 meters but with drop wall to 230 meters and it is only place in the whole world where that sharks can be seen every day – unless you are very
unlucky. Thresher sharks live and hunt in the deep water but in early morning hours before it gets too bright they come up to the Monad Shoal attracted by small fishes called cleaning wrasse which eat dead skin and bacteria from sharks body. It is an advanced
deep dive and you should consider Nitrox to double your bottom time. We were mesmerized by these distinguished sharks so much that we dived with them twice. Although variety of dive sites filled with beautiful marine life attracts many divers, diving boats
were never overcrowded and we usually dived in a group of four divers. We dived also around one of shipwrecks – Dona Marilyn – Cebu-Manila passenger ferry that sank during typhoon over 20 years ago. The wreck is covered by soft coral and it is
a home for blue spotted rays. We dived around Gato Island, a dive site know as the sea snake sanctuary and filled also with many whitetip, bamboo and cat sharks. “The Tunnel” dive site in Gato Island is a 30 meters tunnel underneath the island.
You start diving from one side and before you exit the tunnel, usually whitetip sharks circle near it – they look amazing. Another dive site we visited was the Chocolate Hill Island – a shallow dive and macro photographer’s hotspot with many
nudibranches, shrimps, flatworms and also sea snakes and cuttlefishes.
Kalangaman Island offers dive sites with plentiful fish life, hard coral, gorgonian fans and lots of macro photography opportunities. An interesting aspect of the location is a surface
interval in-between dives that takes place on the picturesque and deserted island.
Visibility on most of our dives was quite good with water temperature about 25⁰C (end of March). Even though we wore 5mm thick long wetsuits, I got cold at the end of
second dive. But in general, I get cold quite often.
We had an absolutely fantastic time in Malapascua Island thanks to Sea Explorers and Ocean Vida crew. I can highly recommend them to everyone based on my personal experience.
For more descriptive overview of scuba diving check out my GoPro video from Philippines (my previous post).