Diving is one of the main attractions of malapascua Island due to its close proximity to Monad Shoal, the only place in the world where the elusive Thresher Shark can be seen on a daily basis. In addition to the popular Thresher Dives, Malapascua also offers a wide range of alternate dive sites which are listed below.
Diving Around Malapascua
Monad Shoal – Shark/Ray
Dives start in the early mornings at around 5am to 6am for the best chance to see Thresher Sharks and Manta Ray at the Monad Shoal cleaning station. The shoal is between 20 and 30m of depth and nitrox is recommended but not essential.
Gato Island – Cave/Tunnel
Gato is a small island to the west of Malapascua and hosts multiple diving sites. Most notably are the White Tip tunnel dive where there’s an excellent probability you will see medium and large white tip sharks. While some prefer to traverse the tunnel others prefer to wait at the exit where the sharks swim out to circle back to the tunnel entrance.
Dona Marilyn – Wreck
The Dona Marilyn was a passenger ferry which sank over 20 years ago. At 22-30m it’s suitable for advanced divers and above and the wreck is still in one piece at over 100m in length. The site is host to a myriad of aquatic life including: White Tip Shark, Stingray, Blue Spotted Rays, Devil Rays to name a few and a large Moray eel is said to reside inside the eerie vessel.
Kalanggaman Island – Wall/Drift
Kalanggaman island dive is a fantastic drift dive along a beautiful wall of aquatic life of the picturesque Kalanggaman islet. Here you can often see sharks, rays, tuna and even barracuda, as well as large fans corals, black corals and pygmy seahorse. This island is best enjoyed as a day trip with a BBQ beach lunch.
Local Malapascua Diving
There is a huge variety of soft and hard coral, much of it in pristine condition. It is located at the northern tip of Malapascua and is a dive site for coral lovers. It is a great site for macro diving.
Deep Slope is a popular dive site on the island Malapascua in the Philippines. Deep Slope is a plateau that looks like a sand dune, where scuba divers can find unique marine inhabitants. The dunes become a tiny wall, covered with corals. While diving at Deep Slopes, divers can see marine inhabitants around them in the water, and also in the white sand between the seaweed on the bottom of the sea.
Deep Rock is an underwater pinnacle and one the best sites for scuba diving on Malapascua in the Philippines. While diving here, scuba divers will be amazed by the sheer walls that start at 5m/16ft and go down to 30m/98ft and are covered with colorful soft and hard corals. It is highly recommended to use nitrox for scuba diving at this spot.