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If you like your marine life BIG, then this dive safari comes highly recommended with a WOW factor!

Covering three locations across the Philippines, underwater highlights include manta rays of Ticao, whale sharks of Donsol and thresher sharks of Malapascua. In between dives, enjoy the leisurely pace and privacy extended to you at each resort.

Read regular divers John & Hazel Belchamber's account of their big fish encounters in the Philippines.

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Manila and overnight

    Arrive Manila for overnight stay at a city hotel.

  3. Days 3-7 : Whale sharks and manta rays!

    Early morning transfer to airport for your flight to Legaspi, where you will be met and transferred to Donsol for an organised whale shark interaction (min 3 hours).

    Continue by boat to Ticao Island Resort for a five night stay. Enjoy four days (eight dives) exploring Ticao Island's dive sites, with a chance of manta ray encounters at Manta Bowl.

  4. Day 8: Second whale shark experience

    Early morning boat transfer to Donsol for your second organised whale shark interaction at Donsol. Continue by road to Legaspi for overnight stay at Hotel Venezia.

  5. Days 9-12 : Depart Legaspi for Malapascua

    Morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Cebu and onward transfer to Malapascua for a four night stay at Tepanee Resort. Enjoy two days diving (six dives) with a chance of thresher shark sightings on dawn dives and mandarin fish on dusk dives.

  6. Day 13: Depart Cebu

  7. Day 14: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 14 days from £2,165 pp
  • When to go: Nov-Apr: Similar itinerary possible all year, but November to April best
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 11 nights accommodation
    • Some meals
    • Transfers
    • 2 whale shark snorkelling interactions
    • 6 days diving
    • Tanks and weights
Featured locations:


The small coastal town of Donsol in the northeast of the Philippines offers a rare opportunity to interact with whale sharks. Between the months of December and May, visitors head here to swim and snorkel with these harmless and gentle filter feeders.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Whale shark

The Visayas

This central region of islands is deservedly famous for beautiful beaches, relaxed lifestyle and stunning dive sites. Cebu City is the international gateway and provides links to the most exciting dive spots including Malapascua, Moalboal, Dumaguete and Bohol.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, pelagic thresher shark, giant frogfish, black-tip reef shark, banded sea krait
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Luxury diving, Reef diving, Snorkelling, Underwater photography


Surrounded by white sandy beaches, the little island of Malapascua has gained a reputation as one of the best places in the world for thresher shark sightings, encountered each morning at Monad Shoal. Numerous other sharks are also seen, as well as mantas.

  • Ideal for viewing: pelagic thresher shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, banded sea krait, mandarin fish, common cuttlefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Group diving, Shark diving

Ticao Island

A haven of tranquillity, Ticao Island is blessed with crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches. The local reefs are full of colourful creatures, corals and sharks, but the area’s signature site is the Manta Bowl, a cleaning and feeding station of the oceanic manta.

  • Ideal for viewing: reef manta ray, whale shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, pelagic thresher shark, tiger shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Group diving, Manta ray
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Tepanee Beach Resort

With its own private beach and prime location on Malapascua, this small, friendly property provides all you need for a tropical island getaway in the Philippines, together with world-class diving at nearby Monad Shoal.

Ticao Island Resort

The friendly Ticao Island Resort offers nine beachfront cabanas on an island with crystal blue waters, white sand beaches, fantastic dive sites and the shade of hundreds of coconut trees.