No dive trip to the Philippines is complete without a visit to the small island of Malapascua located two kilometres north of Cebu Island.
Malapascua is one of the best shark diving locations in the Philippines. Sharks seen here include white-tip, black-tip, bamboo, nurse, cat, hammerhead and the magnificent thresher sharks.
Malapascua’s Monad Shoal is known as the only place in the world where thresher sharks can be closely observed on a daily basis. Other large pelagics seen on Monad include manta and mobula rays, whilst an impressive array of nudibranch, pipefish and frogfish will keep macro photographers happy. Observe the colourful mandarin fish at Lighthouse during a dusk dive and head out to the marine reserve and sea snake sanctuary of Gato Island to get the best diving experience in this location.
September is a great month to visit, with manta ray sightings at their peak and many thresher sharks in the water. Encounters with hammerhead sharks are frequent from December through to April. It's a sleepy and relaxed island, but has its lively moments during the holiday seasons.
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