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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!

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Cebu

  2. Days 2-6 : Arrive and transfer to Malapascua

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to your resort. We recommend Tepanee Beach Resort or Evolution Resort.

  3. Days 3-6 : Thresher sharks in Malapascua

    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.
  4. Days 7-12 : Discover Moalboal dive sites

    Transfer south of Cebu to Moalboal. Spend five nights at Magic Island Resort or Turtle Bay Dive Resort.

    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.

  5. Day 12: Depart Cebu

    Transfer to Cebu and begin your journey back to the UK.
  6. Day 13: 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: 13 days from £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
    • Daily breakfast
    • 18 dives
    • Tanks and weights
    • All transfers
Featured locations:

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

Malapascua

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

Moalboal

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. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Evolution Resort

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.

Turtle Bay Dive Resort

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.

Atlantis Dumaguete

Located in Dauin, Atlantis Dumaguete is a boutique dive resort set amongst tropical gardens with easy access to world-class dive sites along the coast as well as Apo Island, famed for its spectacular marine life.

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.