Malapascua Island in a Nutshell - Malapascua Island is one of the few places in the world where divers have a great chance to see Thresher Sharks up close every morning when they come to get cleaned.
Water Temperatures: Water temp drops to 78 degrees in January and rises to above 85 degrees in May.
Average Depth Range: 16 - 131 ft
Visibility: Visibility is typically good in the 60 - 80ft range.
MONAD SHOAL - The most famous dive site at malapascua Island, boats leave Malapascua Island just before the break of dawn for the sunken island of Monad Shoal. Thresher Sharks hunt deep in the ocean most of the day but come up to the top of Monad Shoal at 90 feet to get cleaned by cleaning wrasse every morning. Manta rays and devil rays are also regularly spotted and sometimes hammerheads can be seen during the months of January to April.
LIGHTHOUSE - Aptly named as it is close to the lighthouse, this is where divers comes every day right before sunset in anticipation of the mandarinfish mating dance. Seahorses, squid and poepfish are also often seen here.
GATO ISLAND - A little longer of a boat ride brings you to Gato Island, where the reef is prsitine and chances of seeing pygmy seahorses are very good. White tip reef sharks, blue ring octopus are also often sighed by divers.
Topside & Non-Diving Activities - Malapascua Island is relatively limited in terms of non-dive activities. There are restaurants and bars all along the beach in the area. 4 dives a day and three meals is a full schedule, especially as an underwater photographer maintaining a camera rig. Bring a book, talk to new friends and take in the amazing sunsets on the days you're not night diving.
Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
Electricity: The standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 60 Hz.
Vaccines: Please check the CDC website for updated information on vaccines, health concerns, etc. It is recommended that you are up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Hepatitis and Polio for any trip to the tropics.
Visa: U.S. citizens may enter the Philippines for purposes of tourism without a visa if they present a valid U.S. passport and a return ticket to the United States or an onward ticket to another country. Upon your arrival, immigration authorities will stamp an entry visa valid for 30 days on your passport
Language: Filipino and English are the official languages in the Philippines
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