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Malapascua Island
Malapascua is a small island only 2.5km long and 1km wide. Also known locally as Logon, the island is located about 8km off the north eastern tip of Cebu island and 25km west of Leyte. You can walk around the island in 1-2 hours. It has a population of around 4,000 people, most of whom live off tourism, fishing, boat building or coconuts.

White sandy beaches, the probability to see thresher sharks, manta rays and to dive some wrecks has made this a diver's hotspot in the Philippines.

Getting There: Cebu City north to Maya is about 3 hours by road (depending on traffic). It is then another 30 minutes by outrigger boat to Malapascua.

  • Malapascua Geographical Information

    Dive MalapascuaOne side of the island is dominated by an exceptionally long, white sandy beach stretching out around the south-east coast of the island facing Cebu, Leyte and Biliran. The other side of the island has a more panoramic rocky coastline and is an attractive alternative for the ever popular white beach.

     

  • Things to do in Malapascua

    With about a 6 kilometre circumference, Malapascua has no more than a few spots to see. It has a handful of nice beaches like Bounty Beach or Mangrove Bay, and a lighthouse which a good view point from which to watch the sunset.

    Scuba diving is the main activity on Malapascua. You can also go snorkeling, relax and swim at the beach, wind surf, ocean kayak, visit a local village or some of the nearby islands or watch the sunset on a sunset cruise.

  • When to Travel to Malapascua

    Diving is conducted year round. The rainy season is July to December (with the most storms generally in November and December) and the dry season is January to June. As Malapascua is away from the mountains, it sees less rainfall than Cebu city.

    1. December to April is high season with more travelers on Malapascua.
    2. Avoid major holidays if possible : Christmas; Western New Year (1 January); Chinese New Year; Easter; Thai New Year (14 April); and 1 May - many divers in the water means your chance of seeing the sharks is not as good.
    3. Water temperature averages from 27ºC - 30ºC. The hottest time of the year is March to May and the coolest is December to February when the water temperature may drop to 24ºC - 26ºC.
    4. Thresher shark and manta ray sightings used to be more seasonal but are now pretty consistent year round. The Hammerhead season is generally December to May with April being the best month for schooling hammerheads.

     

  • Hotels and Resorts in Malapascua

    Dive Malapascua Philippines Cocobana Resort
    On Bounty Beach
    Budget: $
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: Yes
    Bar: 1
    Restaurant: 1
    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: No
    Gym: No
    Spa: No
    Onsite Dive Centre: No
    Dive Malapascua Philippines Slam's Garden Resort
    50m back from Logon Beach
    Budget: $
    Pool: No
    Beach/Beachfront: No
    Bar: 1
    Restaurant: 1
    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: No
    Gym: No
    Spa: No
    Onsite Dive Centre: No
    Dive Malapascua Philippines Tepanee Beach Resort
    Overlooks Logon Bay
    Budget: $
    Pool: No
    Beach/Beachfront: Small private beach
    Bar: 2
    Restaurant: 2
    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: No
    Gym: No
    Spa: No
    Onsite Dive Centre: No
    Dive Malapascua Philippines Ocean Vida Beach Resort
    On Bounty Beach
    Budget: $-$$
    Pool: No
    Beach/Beachfront: Yes
    Bar: 1
    Restaurant: 1
    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: No
    Gym: No
    Spa: No
    Onsite Dive Centre: Yes
  • Scuba Diving in Malapascua

    Diving in Malapascua offers a great variety of dive sites - from amazing coral to sandy muck dives, to wall diving, tunnels and wrecks. However the jewel in Malapascua’s crown is that it is the only place in the world for regular sightings of thresher sharks before sunrise. Thresher sharks use the Monad Shoal seamount as a cleaning station where wrasse remove parasites from their skin and clean their gills and mouths. Because the diving is very varied with many different influences there is a great variety of marine life to be found in the waters around this area. Schooling hammerheads are regularly seen between December and May.

    Some of the more popular dive sites / areas:

    Monad Shoal - Shark Point and Shark Wall (26m+ / 80ft+)

    Dive MalapascuaMonad Shoal is an underwater island on the edge of a 200m drop off, famous as the only place in the world where thresher sharks can be seen everyday. Manta rays have also become a common sighting while the shoal also attracts other pelagics such as devil rays and eagle rays. Monad Shoal is perfect for Nitrox diving.

    Gato Island (24m / 80ft)

    Dive MalapascuaGato Island is one of Malapascua’s most famous dive sites. Gato is a marine reserve and sea snake sanctuary. It has at least five dive sites with a huge diversity of marine life - you can see such things as banded sea snakes, cuttlefish, seahorses, nudibranchs, frogfish, moray eels, scorpion fish, squid and big-mouthed mackerel. There are also many white-tip sharks, as well as bamboo and cat sharks. The coral is in good condition and the rocky island has many interesting underwater rock formations, overhangs, and swim-throughs. There is also a 30m tunnel where you journey underneath Gato Island and come out the other side!

    Calanggaman Island (40m+ / 130ft+)

    Dive MalapascuaCalanggaman Island is a picture postcard desert island. Palm trees and a pile of white sand surrounded by crystal clear water and steep walls dropping off into the blue. Visibility is usually good and fish life is plentiful. Drop down the walls which are covered in hard corals and gorgonian fans and inhabited by many varieties of fish. Look for pelagics out in the blue or unusual fish like clown triggers on the wall. You can also see many critters including nudibranchs, crabs and shrimp. Also perfect for snorkelling.

    Lighthouse (10m / 35ft)

    Lighthouse is one of the few places in the world where you can see mandarin fish regularly. Team that up with seahorses, scribbled and banded pipefish, juvenile sweetlips, banded sea snakes, hermit crabs, and many varieties of shrimp and you’ve got a dive to remember. As day turns into night more interesting creatures will reveal themselves such as reef squid, bobtail squid, starry night octopus, the occasional blue-ringed octopus and cuttlefish.

    Chocolate Island (16m / 55ft)

    Chocolate Island is a beautiful shallow dive site and a macro photographer’s delight. The healthy coral is home to a large variety of life: sea snakes, snake eels, moray eels, cuttlefish (including flamboyants), seamoths, dragonfish, Pegasus and juvenile batfish. Macro includes nudibranchs, flatworms, shrimp, shells and cowries to name a few.

    Dona Marilyn Wreck (18m-32m / 60ft-110ft)

    At almost 100m long, the Dona Marilyn was a Cebu-Manila passenger ferry that sank in a typhoon 20 years ago. It is now lying on its starboard side, amazingly still all in one piece. Penetration is possible for qualified divers. There is a lot to see inside as it has remained unsalvaged.

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