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A perfect trip for divers seeking thresher shark encounters at Monad Shoal and the pristine reefs surrounding Panglao and Balicasag islands.

Based on our Island Hopping Safari, this itinerary first takes you to the beautiful island of Malapascua at the northern tip of Cebu. Surrounded by bright white sandy beaches, broken up by small rocky outcrops and clear blue waters, Malapascua is famous the world over for its thresher sharks, which are seen daily in the waters surrounding the island, specifically at Monad Shoal.

Your second week is spent exploring the reefs surrounding Panglao Island and nearby areas including the dive sites of Doljo, Arco Point and Black Forest at Balicasag.

If you're looking for a longer stay, you can mix and match five different dive centres at a selection of destinations: Alona Beach on Panglao Island, Malapascua, Cabilao, Dauin for Dumaguete, Moalboal. Below is one possible itinerary.

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Cebu

  2. Days 2-8 : Arrive and transfer to Malapascua

    Transfer to Malapascua for a seven night stay, with up to 12 dives included. Choice of resorts available.

  3. Days 3-8 : Thresher sharks in Malapascua

    As well as the magnificent thresher sharks, others seen here include whitetip, blacktip, bamboo, nurse, cat, and hammerhead.
  4. Days 9-15 : Panglao Island

    Transfer by road and boat to Panglao Island, just off from Bohol, for a further seven nights and 12 dives.

  5. Day 16: Depart the Philippines

    Transfer to Tagbilaran or Cebu and begin your journey back to the UK.

  6. Day 17: 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: 17 days from £2,145 pp
  • When to go: Jan-Dec: Daily throughout the year
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 14 nights accommodation
    • Daily breakfast
    • Transfers
    • 24 dives
    • Tanks and weights
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


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

Panglao Island

Panglao, which is connected by a causeway to Bohol, offers divers coral gardens near the surface and steep walls complete with caves, overhangs and crevices harbouring teeming fish and invertebrates. The surrounding islands are known for big fish encounters.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, western clownfish, banded sea krait, giant frogfish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Reef diving
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.

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.

Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort

Located on Malapascua Island, this small modern property on Bounty Beach is an ideal place to base yourself for a few days whilst you head out to Monad Shoal in search of thresher sharks.