Undoubtedly what draws people to Malapascua and what is it most
famous for is the chance of encounters with thresher sharks, which
is almost impossible anywhere else in the world. These beautiful
sharks normally live in deep waters off continental shelves so are
not often seen by recreational divers. However at Malapascua, there
are two underwater islands, with deep water trenches close-by,
which act as cleaning stations for the sharks and other animals.
Thresher sharks are missing a membrane on their eyes that would
protect them from sunlight so they can only been seen around the
cleaning stations very early in the morning, when there is just
enough sunlight for them to see but not too much that it will
damage their eyes. This means that the thresher shark dives
normally take place very early in morning, usually between four and
six, depending on who you dive with.
However, the thresher sharks are not all there is to see in the
waters surrounding Malapascua. There is such great variety from
macro diving to wall dives to sloping reefs with a possibility of
seeing pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs galore, mantas, beautiful soft
corals to name a few! Gato Island is a marine reserve and is famous
for its fantastic dive sites and the Dona Marilyn wreck is also a
favourite among divers. This was a passenger ferry that sunk over
20 years ago and is covered in marine life.
The island of Malapascua itself is very much dedicated towards
the dive industry. Accommodation options are relatively basic but
perfectly comfortable and mostly dotted along bounty beach. We have
visited and scouted out the best accommodation options with
excellent dive centres to experience these fascinating waters.