Malapascua is a beautiful little island just off the northern most point of Cebu Island in the Philippines. Divers come here for the opportunity to watch the deep water Thresher Sharks at the cleaning station, Monad Shoal. This sunken island about 20-26m deep is the only one in the world where divers can routinely see the routinely see Pelagic thresher sharks as well as the common thresher shark. Being sensitive to light, the threshers get themselves cleaned in the early hours of the morning so divers that want to get a glimpse of the rare sharks need to get up at 5am or earlier. In the afternoon, lucky divers can also get th chance to see mantas at the cleaning station as well.
Apart from the big fish, Malapascua also has some excellent macro life! Spot Harlequinn Shrimp, mandarin fish, countless nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses in beautiful unspoiled coral gardens.
After the top-class diving is over, you can explore the island, visiting the villages, trying the local food and welcoming hospitality of the Philippines people. Malapascua is so small that you can walk around the entire island within a few hours but like many of the the Philippine Islands, Malapascua’s best features are the beautiful white beaches with pristine water. So in between diving, there is a lot of time for relaxation on the pretty beaches of this idyllic island.