A popular itinerary which offers divers the chance of thresher shark encounters in Malapascua, a unique dive in Moalboal and plenty of discovery in the Visayas region.
Discover the Visayas takes you to the tiny island of Malapascua, renowned for its early morning thresher shark dives on Monad Shoal, and then to the Moalboal peninsula for a unique dive around Pescador Island with its resident sardine baitball.
Underwater highlights include magnificent reefs, turtle encounters, plenty of macro life and a relaxed pace of life at two small and welcoming dive resorts.
We recommend five nights in each destination - in any order, but you can stay as long as you like!
Spend your days diving the local reefs around Malapascua including early morning dives at Monad Shoal for thresher shark encounters (3 days, 12 dives). Your dive package may vary depending on where you stay.
Spend your days diving the local reefs of the Moalboal peninsula, including Pescador Island and the sardine baitball. Your dive package includes 10 dives here.
Day12: Depart Cebu
Transfer to Cebu and begin your journey back to the UK.
Day13: Arrive UK
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 13 daysfrom £2,045 pp
Single supplement: From £500
When to go: Jan-Dec: Year-round
Included in the price/package:
Flights from the UK
10 nights accommodation
Tanks and weights
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
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
Meaning ‘bubbling stream’, Moalboal is a small town on the island of Cebu, with around 25 recognised dive sites and more being discovered. The range of diving is excellent, with vertical walls, a cathedral like cave, healthy coral reefs and plenty of macro life.
Ideal for viewing: green turtle, mandarin fish, giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, whale shark
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Reef diving, Underwater photography
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
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This small resort, owned and operated by dive instructors, offers a comprehensive range of PADI courses and boat dives to local sites around Malapascua, encountering thresher sharks, wrecks, macro life and plenty of reefs.
Overlooking Moalboal Bay with spectacular views of the mountains of Cebu and the neighbouring island of Negros, this small resort comprises 27 rooms, all set amongst tropical landscaped gardens.
Located near Dumaguete, Atlantis is a boutique resort set in lush tropical gardens packed with indigenous plants. Excursions include dive trips to Apo Island, snorkelling, kayaking, plus whale and dolphin watching at Bais.
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.