DESTINATION: Malapascua Island, Cebu
RESORT: Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort: Swiss / German owned and managed.
GUESTS: Mainly International guests as singles, couples, families and groups.
HOW TO GET THERE: Ocean Vida is located in the heart of Bounty Beach on Malapascua Island, Cebu. Malapascua is approximately 4-5 hours North of Cebu City and is reached by a road transfer (3.5-4.5 hours) and a short boat crossing (30 minutes) to the island.
WHEN TO GO: All year round diving destination. February – May is the busiest time on Malapascua, it is dry season with warm air temperatures and some light winds. May to October is a good time to visit with little rain and seas are generally very calm at this time of year with visibility is at its best. November – January sees more rain than other months though it also has slightly warmer air temperatures.
WHAT TO WEAR: Water temperature is generally 28- 30 degrees. Dec- Feb it can drop to 25-26 degrees. We recommend a 3mm wet suit though a 5mm semi-dry wetsuit might be the choice for those who feel the cold.
TYPE OF DIVING: Wide variety of dive sites in the area mean that many aspects of diving are covered including walls, reefs, drifts, wreck and muck. Visibility can range from 10-30m.
DIVING LOGISTICS: Generally 4 scheduled boat dives each day (1 or 2 tank trips), day trips to surrounding islands available, approx 20 dive sites in the area.
WHAT TO SEE: : Malapascua has it all!
Monad Shoal is the famous site where divers can see thresher sharks at cleaning stations on early morning dives sometimes Manta and Eagle Rays visit (May –October). Max depth is approx 25m.
At nearby Kimud Shoal it is possible to see both hammerheads and Threshers (February – April only) max depth 30—40m.
Dona Marilyn is one of the largest wrecks in the Philippines that can be reached by recreational divers – it is over 100m long and lies at max depth of 33m. Various Rays live around the wreck and a host of other marine species are in residence on the boat.
Gato Island is another very well known site with tunnels and swim-throughs. Species here include Banded Sea snakes, white tip reef shark, bamboo shark, nudibranch, Squid, pygmy seahorse, Spanish dancer, cuttle fish, big mouth mackerel, stone fish, spider crabs and frogfish.
Macro-lovers and photographers will be delighted with some of the sites closer to the island where smaller species can be found including: Sea mouth, nudibranch, ghostpipe fish, flying gurnard, dragonet, lion fish, blackpitted snake eel, banded snake eel, helmet crab, porcelain crab, devil fish and blue ring octopus.Tags: Malapascua Diving, Pacific Diving