There's a 100% possibility to spot thresher sharks in Malapascua island!!
In the northernmost part of Cebu (from Maya airport) it will take around 30 minutes to Malapascua island by boat. The overall length of the island spans around 2.5 kilometers.
Otherworldy and rare "thresher sharks" can be seen here that's why international divers gather on this island. Cebu island has such a different atmosphere that's why it is famous for international and local tourists.
Cebu's white beaches are a bit similar to Boracay, adding the beautiful sight of the sea, no wonder that it's a paradise island for most divers.
Malapascua is where the infamous thresher sharks gather.
Ride the ferry boat before dawn comes, and then dive at sunrise. A 100% surely, you will see thresher sharks that can only be found in Malapascua island!! Sometimes manta rays can be seen on sight!
※Recently due to environment protection laws; bringing strobes and flashlights is an environmental hazard. It is required to pay ₱50 per diving for environment protection.
Picture provided by: BLUE HEAVEN
Around the middle of March until the start of May, Kimud Shoal is a gathering point for 200 young hammerhead sharks.
Thresher sharks and manta rays can be seen around just like in Monad Shoal.
There will be around 30% but you should try it during their season. ※A bit early
Aim during high-tide.
Like in the south countries, Damselfishes can be seen going in and out of the corals.
Many Chordates, Crescent Sweetlips, European Pilchards, and Atlantic Horse Mackerels swarm the whole island.
And then, in the underwater below, a lot of corals, whale sharks and manta rays can be seen in the floor like a diorama.
|Clustered multi-colored soft corals, with many kinds of anemonefishes, frogfish, and clownfishes are gathered at one point.
Ivory shells and octopuses are lurking within the gaps of rocks, a great experience for experienced and newbie divers.
|Where you can see Mandarinfishes gather to breed and lay their eggs upon all year round.
At night, shrimps, squid, rare crabs, seahorses, and blue-ringed octopuses appear.
Also, there's a shipwreck an old Japanese World War II landing ship near the shoal of the lighthouse.
Marine life such as yellow-tailed barracudas, hermit crabs, and anemonefishes have inhabited around the shipwreck.
The waves are calm so diving and snorkeling will be a fun experience!
|A place recommended to people who love taking pictures and photographers-alike. Various kinds of eels, teira batfishes, squids, crabs, and coral reef snakes live in soft corals.
Additionally, rare sea slugs, shrimps, and shellfish can be spotted on the island.
It has a slightly different charm from Malapascua surroundings, where you sometimes see cuttlefish and harlequin shrimps.
Picture provided by: BLUE HEAVEN（following: KIMUD SHOAL / DAKIT-DAKIT / LAPUS-LAPUS / LIGHTHOUSE / CHOCOLATE ISLAND）
Many other diving sites within Malapascua island!
Thresher Cove Dive Resort
From dormitory for backpackers to the luxurious villa type rooms where it can blow away the fatigue from your long journey, you can choose according to your budget and preference!
A comfortable resort hotel with a diving shop!!
Native accessories (₱100~₱150)・thresher shark t-shirt (₱200)・cute thresher shark wood carvings (₱200~)
It is only on this shop where you can eat Japanese food at Malapascua. The menu is abundant with Japanese to Philippine cuisine.
The restaurant is run by a chef who owns an Italian restaurant in Japan so the food will be surely able to satisfy your cravings.
Within the diving shop "BLUE HEAVEN" are fully-equipped lodging products.
Exotic Bar & Restaurant
The bar serves western dishes and Asian cuisine. It is run by a Dutch owner.
Freshly picked sea foods, pizza or pastas, whichever your preference, so many to choose in the menu.
After meal, why not try a relaxing massage on their SPA?
How to get to Malapascua island
① Cebu City→Maya Airport(Bus or private transport takes around 4 hours). The bus will leave from Northbus Terminal and costs around ₱200. ※Passenger rates depends upon the bus has an aircon system or none.
② Maya Airport→Malapascua Island (by boat will take you 30~45 minutes) through public boat (to the Boat Station) will cost you ₱100.
(Departure) 7:00~17:00（Departure time irregular）
(Return trip) 6:00~14:00（Departure time irregular）
※Other than that, you can charter your own boat but it may cost you around ₱1000~₱2000.
※In case of low tide, use the ferry boat (₱20 per head). Apart from the shipping fee, it may need ₱20~₱50 per baggage you want to bring.
Also, if you are carrying a baggage, you need to chip in for about ₱20~₱50 per baggage (depending upon the weight and distance).
※There are no available public transports on the island so you may have to take habal-habal (bike): ₱20 per head or take the boat only.