Malapascua Island

Daanbantayan, Cebu

Malapascua Island is a Philippine island situated in the Visayan Sea, 6.8 kilometres across a shallow strait from the northernmost tip of Cebu Island.

Malapascua became famous fairly recently, only in the early 1990s as a dive destination. Prior to this, the island was known for its wide white sand beach, known as Bounty Beach; it has also become known for its beautiful coral garde ...

ns and excellent local dive spots, as well as further-out sites including Gato Island, Monad Shoal, and Kemod Shoal. Monad Shoal is an underwater plateau where thresher sharks and manta rays can regularly be sighted.

Most of the islanders derive their livelihood from tourism, while some still rely on subsistence fishing and farming.

The number-one dive site of Malapascua is Monad Shoal where thresher sharks can be seen regularly at and just before sunrise. They use the seamount as a cleaning station for bluestreak and moon cleaner wrasse to remove ectoparasites such as gnathiids from their skin and clean their gills and mouths.  Wiki

Malapascua Island News

  • We Came Here To Swim With Sharks - Malapascua The Philippines

    We travelled to Malapascua not only for great filipino food hehe but also to swim with thresher sharks on this small secluded island. Our filipino friend Jobet took us on a dive to test our skills and train for the upcoming dive with the thresher sharks the next day.

  • Discovery Channel Declares Shark Sightings In Malapascua One Of The Best

    Discovery Channel Declares Shark Sightings In Malapascua One Of The Best

    While the butanding (whale shark) sighting in Boracay last June cannot be easily linked to the island's improving condition, thresher shark sightings in Malapascua Island in Cebu is a sign of the island's robust condition. This was guaranteed by Discovery Channel, who recently declared the untouched island as one of the best places to dive with sharks around the globe.

  • Cebus Malapascua Among Discovery Channels Best Spots To See Sharks

    Malapascua Island in Cebu made it to Discovery Channel's list of best places in the world to see sharks.

    The list was released ahead of the airing of the channel's popular show "Shark Week," which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

    "Malapascua Island is the new unspoiled spot for beach lovers and scuba divers," Discovery Channel said.

    "More importantly, it is quickly gaining fame as one of the only places in the world, where the rare thresher sharks are consistently seen. Malapascua's thresher sharks can be found year-round and diving is possible throughout the year."

    Apart from ...

  • 2018 Malapascua Island: Travel Guide Blog Itinerary Plus Budget

    2018 Malapascua Island: Travel Guide Blog Itinerary Plus Budget

    Malapascua is an island located in North Cebu, Philippines that has attracted local and foreign tourists, especially divers, because of its rich marine sanctuary. It is best known for Monad Shoal where thresher sharks can be seen regularly before sunrise. But diving is not the only activity you can do in this island, it is also an idyllic destination for a laid-back holiday or a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of Cebu City. Malapascua island is also a jumping-off point to Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte. I will be writing a separate Kalanggaman Travel Guide, but in the mea ...

  • Malapascua Island Cebu

    The island is situated on the northern tip of Cebu island, known for being one of the top diving sites in the Philippines. foreign tourists are flocking and even settling here especially the divers because of its rich marine sanctuary. It is best known for Monad Shoal where thresher sharks can be seen regularly before sunrise. But diving is not the only activity you can do on this island, it is also an idyllic destination for a laid-back holiday that even some people are calling it as mini Boracay or the next Boracay.

  • Malapascua Island Daanbantayan Cebu

    Malapascua Island Daanbantayan Cebu

    From turquoise-hemmed shores & awesome underworld to powder-soft sands & razor-sharp cliffs, theres just something wonderful about Malapascua Island that keeps us lust for more. I for one, couldnt get enough of it the medley of murmuring blues & greens against windswept coconut trees, the lazy strolls along its swathe of white sand beaches & the soul of beautiful nothingness all coming to you at once.