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Diving

Malapascua Beach & Dive Resort spectacular snorkeling and diving, guided adventures, tranquil beaches, world-renowned shark & manta heaven and relaxing atmosphere will enhance your experience. The whole of Malapascua is an aquatic sanctuary. Fishing is limited to local food needs so the reefs offer divers and snorkelers vast opportunities to explore and enjoy the warm island waters while experiencing an exceptional underwater adventure. Experience the only place on earth where you can have thresher sharks sightings from just 20 meters!

Our new fully-staffed and equipped PADI dive center offers effortless diving. Let our experienced and friendly instructors guide you around the many dive sites close by. All levels of PADI certification including resort courses are offered. Experienced divers will revel in the 30-meter visibility and amazingly diverse marine life.

Snorkeling is an activity guests of all ages can safely enjoy within the island. The water off the beach is shallow, perfect for wading, kayaking and hunting for shells. Malapascua Island’s reef is alive with an incredible diversity of beautiful fish and colorful coral.

Quietly glide by shore birds, discover the sea life and experience localisland life as it unfolds each day.

Malapascua Island has something for all divers, so come and dive the best kept secret of the Philippines – indeed of South East Asia. The Philippines is the new Thailand, but with much better diving and without the crowds! So make your next scuba diving trip to Malapascua Island.

Malapascua diving offers: the only daily thresher shark sightings in the world, whitetip sharks, mantas, hammerheads (seasonal), wrecks, mandarin fish, countless nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, cuttlefish, beautiful unspoiled coral gardens and a huge diversity of marine life.


Dive Sites

DONA MARILYN WRECK (18M-32M / 60-110FT)
Dona Marilyn is the most famous wreck not far from Malapascua Island. This 100m long passenger ferry went down in 1984 during a heavy typhoon. She lies between 18m - 35m on her starboard side overgrown with beautiful soft and hard corals. There is plenty fishes including sweetlips, snappers and bat fishes swimming around. This dive site is for experience divers only. Nitrox is recommended.
CALANGGAMAN ISLAND (30M / 100FT)
Calanggaman Island has a great dive sites with plenty fish and beautiful soft and hard corals. Lots of macro life including some of the rare nudibranchs. Calanggaman is not just about scuba diving. This island is a great place for relaxing on the beautiful sandy beach, having picnic and enjoying the nature of a remote paradise. Great for snorkelling. This dive site is for beginners and experience divers.
GATO ISLAND (24M / 80FT)
A little rocky island between Malapascua and the north point of Cebu mainland. Along its gently sloping sides you can find coral heads and beautiful soft corals. There are many small reef fish and occasionally eagle rays (max depth 54ft/18m).
KIMUD SHOAL (40M / 130FT)
There are many stories about hammerhead sharks in the Philippines. Kimud Shoal is one of those places where there is actually a chance to see these magnificent creatures. Of course there is no guarantee because of its short seasonal period from January to March and the depth, mostly between 30m - 40m. Nevertheless it is worth to try. This dive site is strictly for experience divers.
MONAD SHOAL (24M / 80FT)
Every diver knows that Malapascua Island is famous for its thresher sharks and Monad Shoal is the dive site where you can see these beautiful creatures swimming in their whole glory. There is also a good chance to see manta ray, mostly during afternoon dives. This dive site is for experience divers only. Nitrox is recommended.
CHOCOLATE ISLAND (16M / 50FT)
Chocolate Island is a beautiful shallow dive site with plenty of nice corals and macro life. Harlequin shrimps, sea snake, cowries, seamoth, and nudibranchs are no strangers to this dive site. Located between Malapascua and Maya it is also popular destination for snorkelling trips. This dive site is good for all levels including discover scuba diving programs.
LAPUS LAPUS (22M / 30FT)
Lapus Lapus is a top dive site in Malapascua. Great macro life and beautiful corals. During the dive you should be able to see pygmy sea horses, frog fish, ghost pipe fish, porcelain crabs, nudibranchs and other macro life among soft and hard corals. Watch out for the big octopus. This dive site is good for beginners and advanced divers.
LIGHTHOUSE (10M / 30FT)
During a sunset dive in Lighthouse you can see the beautiful mandarin fishes doing their mating dance. They are very shy creatures so you have to be patient but it is rewarding when mandarins finally start their rituals. As the dive progresses and turns in to a night dive all the little shrimps, crabs and moray eels are coming out. Donʼt be surprised if blue-ringed octopus or cuttlefish are among the things you see during your night dive.
MALAPASCUA ISLAND
Malapascua Island has something for all divers. Warm and crystal clear water will spoil your adventure and let you take home the greatest experience of your life time. The famous thresher shark, manta ray, mandarin fishes and Dona Marilyn wreck are at the top of every diver's list of things to see in Malapascua, but there is more than that. There is virtually no dive site in Malapascua where there is nothing to see. During every dive no matter how shallow or deep you should be able to see lots of marine life like shrimps, crabs, sea stars, sea urchins, nudibranchs and beautiful soft and hard corals. Malapascua Island is a perfect place to begin your diving or snorkelling adventure.

PADI Scuba Diving Experiences & Courses
BUBBLEMAKER

The Bubblemaker program introduces scuba diving as an activity that allows children to experience the underwater world.
Minimum age: 8 years old
Location: Confined water
Maximum depth: 2 meters / 6 feet
Duration: 1 hour

DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING

The Discover Scuba Diving program introduces people to scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner. Under the guidance of PADI Professional new divers learn basic concepts and swim underwater in a closely supervised environment.
Minimum age: 10 years old
Location: Confined or Confined Open water
Maximum depth: 6 meters / 20 feet
Duration: 2 hours

SCUBA DIVER

The PADI Scuba Diver Course is a subcourse within Open Water Diver Course that teaches you the basic knowledge and skills you need to dive under the supervision of PADI Professional. After completing the course divers are allowed to dive to the maximum depth of 12 meters / 40 feet.
Minimum age: 10 years old
Duration: 2 days

OPEN WATER DIVER

The PADI Open Water Diver Course teaches you the knowledge and skills that you need to dive with a buddy independent of supervision. After completing the course divers are allowed to dive to the maximum depth of 18 meters / 60 feet .
Minimum age: 10 years old
Duration: 3 days

ADVENTURE DIVER

The PADI Adventure in Diving program allows divers to explore special diving interests and gain more diving experience. The program broadens divers awareness of the environment and their capabilities.
Minimum age: 10 years old
Number of dives: 3 adventure dives
Duration: 1 day

ADVANCED DIVER

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification is a further step in to continuing diving education. After completing the course divers are allowed to dive to the maximum depth of 30 meters / 100 feet.
Minimum age: 12 years old
Number of dives: 5 adventure dives, including deep dive and underwater navigation
Duration: 2 days

RESCUE DIVER

The PADI Rescue Diver course is a pivotal step in expanding a divers knowledge and experience. Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves to consider the safety and well-being of other divers.
Minimum age: 12 years old
Duration: 3 days

EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDER (EFR)

Non diving course, teaches you Primary and Secondary Care. EFR is a prerequisite for Rescue Diver Course.
Minimum age: N/A
Duration: 1 day

PADI SPECIALITIES

The purpose of PADI Speciality Courses is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards for various special-interest areas in diving.

Malapascua Beach & Dive Resort offers the following PADI Specialities:

Deep Diver, Nitrox Diver, Night Diver, Drift Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver (PPB)

MASTER SCUBA DIVER (MSD)

The Master Scuba Diver rating is the highest recreational diver rating in the PADI program, and denotes superior achievement and proficiency.
Requirements for MSD:
Minimum age: 12 years old
Be certified as a Padi Advanced Diver, Padi Rescue Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
Have any 5 PADI Specialities

DIVEMASTER

Divemaster rating is the first PADI Membership level. PADI Divemasters supervise diving activities for certified divers, assist instructors with training student divers. This rating denotes an individual who has exemplary diving skills and role model behavior, solid rescue skills, professional level of dive theory, dive management, supervision abilities and competence as a certified assistant.
Minimum age: 18 years old

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

PADI Assistant Instructors are dive educators who assist with organising and supervising knowledge development, confined water and open water activities. Assistant Instructors work in partnership together with PADI Instructors to provide student divers with quality knowledge and skills development during PADI programs.
Minimum age: 18 years old

SCUBA REVIEW

The primary purpose of Scuba Review is to help certified divers to update their dive knowledge and skills, especially after a period of long inactivity. The Scuba Review program may be used to preassess PADI Scuba Divers, and referred student divers who want to earn Open Water Diver certification. It can also assist non-certified, but experienced divers seeking certification.

ALL PADI COURSES ARE PERFORMANCE BASED AND CAN TAKE LONGER TO COMPLETE THAN THE NUMBER OF DAYS LISTED ABOVE.

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