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

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  • Malapascua Island: A Travel Guide For Non-Divers

    Malapascua Island: A Travel Guide For Non-Divers

    Just a few hours away from the city of Cebu, Malapascua island is every beach lover and diver's dream destination. It's stunning beaches and world renown diving sites will make you want to stay here forever. With its unspoiled beauty and friendly locals, you will fall in love with this island over and over again.

  • Solo Female Travel The Philippines - Part 1 Malapascua And Balicasag Bohol

    Even though I had traveled to twenty countries, the Philippines was my first time traveling alone. This tropical paradise of a country welcomed me with delicious food, warm people, and fascinating sealife.

    Part 1 of my adventure was Bohol and Malapascua. Balicasag in Bohol is among the best diving sites I have ever experienced. The corals and fish storms overwhelmed me with their vibrance. Likewise, waking up at 4 am for sunrise dives in Malapascua was a struggle only until I saw my first glimpse of the long, slender tail and graceful gliding of the thresher sharks. Malapascua is one of the ...

  • Malapascua Island

    Malapascua Island

    This little island North East of Cebu island was our first encounter with the "real" Philippines. This tiny little islet is 1 km long and less than half a kilometer wide and is surrounded by shallow turquoise blue water. It has a super laid back atmosphere, where life evolves at its own pace and where nobody seems to have a worry on their mind.

  • Daanbantayan: Understated But Awesome

    Many travelers hear only of Daanbantayan as a jump-off point to Malapascua. And it's not even Daanbantayan per se that they hear of - but Maya, a barangay in the town of Daanbantayan. In a way, Daanbantayan is understated. These past months, the town only gets good mention when it comes to bad things.

    But not because Daanbantayan's treasures are not frequently mentioned does it mean that the town doesn't have them. For example, the tourist islet of Malapascua itself belongs to the town. And yet Malapascua is not the only awesome thing about Daanbantayan.

    Daanbantayan is located at the no ...

  • Dive Sites In Central Visayas Pushed As Key Tourist Destinations

    Dive sites in Central Visayas are among the prime tourist destinations being promoted by the Department of Tourism.

    Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental, Bohol, Malapascua and Moalboal in Cebu and Siquijor Island are among the dive sites to be visited by the participants of the upcoming Dive Resort Travel (DRT) Show Philippines this coming September 7-9 in Manila.

    The DOT is looking to tap new markets for the country's thriving dive tourism as it opens business opportunities for stakeholders attending the event.

    The DRT Show is one of the largest international diving exposition where D ...

  • Ultimate Guide To Exploring The Central Visayas Philippines

    Ultimate Guide To Exploring The Central Visayas Philippines

    The Philippines has over 7,000 islands you can explore! We totally understand if you find that a little overwhelming, we felt the same way. One really great way to get a taste of the Philippines is to explore the Central Visayas region. The biggest city to fly in to is Cebu City and the region includes Cebu Island, Bohol, Siquijor, Apo Island, and Malapascua.