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Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines

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Dive Center and Dive Resorts on Malapascua Island, Cebu

Cebu Island has more than 160 surrounding islands that belong to the Cebu province. One of this (very small) islands is Malapascua Island, which is very famous for the dive spot "Monad Shoal" where you can see thresher sharks during your dive (many times you can find also the spelling treasure shark, but thresher shark ist the correct spelling).
One of the diving centers there say on their homepage: "Malapascua is the only place in the world where you can dive with the magnificent thresher sharks every day"... Yes, probably the thresher sharks are there every day, but anyway you have to be lucky to see them (and you cannot dive with them, if you are so lucky to see them, just stay very calm on your place and don't move, then they will stay a longer time).
The best way to see the thresher sharks is to go very early - before sunrise - so you can jump into water before the sun is shining, and wait in about 15 -20m depth, near the ground and near the drop off. And - if possible - don't go there with a (large) group of divers. I was there alone with my diveguide (and also no others boats around us) and we have seen the thresher sharks for more than 25 minutes swimming around - and after that time - I was really very lucky on that day - also a Manta Ray appeared and take some rounds... before a group of 8 divers arrived and the thresher sharks and also the manta ray immediatly disappeared... they are still shy, even there so many divers aoround this diving spot almost during the whole year...
There are a lot of different Dive Shops / Diving Centers on Malapascua Island, most of them in walking distance to the resorts on this island. I would recommend not to book all your dives in advance, except you stay there during the (european) holiday seasons... Why I recommend this? Well, there are some reasons for this... I just want to say, that you are more flexible, don't have to pay in advance and - don't worry - you will get (at least) the same (package) prices as if you book in advance...
Malapascua Island is accessible by a 30-minute public ferry ride (or private boat transfer) from the main, Cebu Island and about 3-4 hours transfer from Cebu City  / the Mactan Cebu International Airport. If you arrive in the afternoon in Cebu City, you have to stay overnight in Cebu, because there is no boat transfer to Malapascua Island during the night time.
I suggest the Alpa City Suites Hotel for your overnight stay in Cebu City, it is a realy good hotel, has a very nice, friendly stuff and better rooms (suites!) for a cheaper price than most of the international big hotels in Cebu City. Since I stayed there my first time, I always choose the Alpa City Suites Hotel (and I have been there already many times).
The transport to Malapascua will be arranged by the resort, where you stay during your holidays on Malapascua Island, just ask them, they are happy to arrange this for you and pick you up in your hotel in Cebu City, or direct from the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Thresher Shark Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines
Thresher shark on Monad Shoal, Oct. 8th 2010 by JKK
 Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines
Thresher shark on Monad Shoal, Oct. 8th 2010 by JKK
Manta Ray Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines
Manta Ray on Monad Shoal, Oct. 8th 2010 by JKK
thresher shark  Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines
Thresher shark on Monad Shoal, Oct. 8th 2010 by JKK
Youtube Video: Tresher Shark Monad Shoal, Oct. 8th 2010

Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort Malapascua Island, Cebu, PhilippinesOcean Vida Beach and Dive Resort
Bounty Beach Logon, Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, 6013 Malapascua

Situated along Bounty Beach, Ocean Vida Beach Resort is a 20-minute boat ride from Monad Shoal, a famous dive site. The resort offers rooms with garden or sea views. Massages can be done in-room or by the beach.
Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort is an hour’s boat ride from Calanggaman Island. Mactan International Airport is a 30-minute boat ride and a further 3-hour drive away. Decorated with wooden flooring and furniture, rooms each have a balcony. A minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities are provided. A safety deposit box is included. Snorkelling and diving can be done by the beach.
Fresh seafood, local and international dishes are served in the restaurant, which overlooks the beach. A wide range of Chilean, Australian and French wines are also offered.

Tepanee Beach Resort  Malapascua Island, Cebu, PhilippinesTepanee Beach Resort
Malapascua Island, Logon, Daanbantayan, 6013 Malapascua

Offering a tropical beach getaway, Tepanee Beach Resort on Malapascua Island has private beach access and free Wi-Fi. It features cozy rooms with wooden furnishings.
Rooms at Tepanee Beach come with both air-conditioning and a ceiling fan. Decorated with colorful walls and unique log beds, each room has a private balcony, minibar and personal safe.
Guests can explore the surrounding area or enjoy water sports activities by the beautiful beach. Tepanee also provides a massage center.
Activities: Massage, Library, Diving, Snorkeling...

 Slams Garden Resort  Malapascua Island, Cebu, PhilippinesSlam's Garden Resort
Malapascua Island, Barangay Logon, Daan-Bantayan, 6013 Malapascua

On the island of Malapascua, SLAM’S Garden Resort is only 30m from Logon Beach. Offering air conditioned rooms surrounded by grounds, it provides free Wi-Fi throughout the resort.
Rooms at SLAM’S Garden Resort come with a private terrace and a safe. Some rooms also include a fridge. The private bathrooms feature separate bathrooms and shower rooms.
The staff can arrange massage treatments and island tours for guests. There are dive shops and dining options surrounding the resort. Drinks can also be enjoyed at the resort’s small bar.

 Mangrove Oriental Resort  Malapascua IslandMangrove Oriental Resort Malapascua
Logon, Daanbantayan, Cebu, 6013 Malapascua

Situated on the beautiful Malapascua Island, guests at The Mangrove Oriental Resort enjoy a private beach area. It also features a tour desk, an on-site library and easy access to world famous diving spots. Wi-Fi is free in the entire resort.
The standalone bungalows are well equipped, featuring a private balcony and views of the sea or tropical gardens. They have a fan or air conditioning, a seating area and a safety deposit box. All bungalows at Mangrove Oriental Resort Malapascua have an en suite bathroom.

Hippocampus Beach Resort  Malapascua IslandHippocampus Beach Resort
Logon, Daanbantayan, 6013 Logon

Hippocampus Beach Resort enjoys a beachfront location on Malapascua Island, a 35-minute boat ride from world famous dive site, Monad Shoal. It provides cozy rooms with private balcony.
Rooms offer great views of the ocean or tropical grounds. They have private bathroom facilities and feature either air conditioning or a fan.
Hippocampus Resort organizes excursions and island tours for an additional fee. Guests can also enjoy water sports like snorkeling and diving. For more relaxing options, massage services are available.
The restaurant is located on the beach and offers an international menu. Refreshing cocktails are provided at Magellan's Bar. There are some Dive Shop / Diving Centers right next to the Hippocampus Beach Resort.

Nude Branch Malapascua Island Mandarin Fish Malapascua Island Nude Branch Malapascua Island

Nude Branch, Malapascua Island

Mandarin Fish , Malapascua Island

Nude Branch, Malapascua Island

Soft Corals Coral Garden Malapascua Island Malapascua Island Blue ring octopus Malapascua Island

Nice soft corals,   Malapascua Island

Blue Ring Octopus

Banded Coral Shrimp

All underwater pictures taken on dive spots around Malapascua Island, October 2010 JKK

Dive Center Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines:

SeaQuest Dive Center MalapascuaSeaQuest Dive Center Malapascua: SeaQuest Dive Center is a 5 Star Dive Center. This means that next to organizing fun dives they also offer a complete range of scuba diving courses. SeaQuest can introduce you to the wonderful underwater life (introduction dive) and can also teach you to become a professional PADI Scuba Dive Master. The SeaQuest Dive Center is located right on the main beach of Malapascua, Bounty Beach.
There are also SeaQuest Dive Centers in Moalboal (Panangsama Beach) and Bohol (Alona Beach on Panglao Island) and SeaQuest offers discounted dive packages that can be used on all their locations - perfect for your dive vacation. SeaQuest also offers a very nice dive safari that take you diving on the best places of the Visayas: Moalboal (Pescador Island), Apo Island, Siquior Island and Panglao Island.
Contact SeaQuest Dive Center



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