Monad Shoal Sanctuary

Daanbantayan, Cebu

The number-one dive site of Malapascua Island 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.

Malapascua Island is a Philippine island situated in the Visayan Sea, 6.8 kil ...

ometres 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 gardens 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.

Monad Shoal Sanctuary News

  • Ninja Sharks The Thresher Sharks Of Malapascua Island Philippines

    Ninja Sharks The Thresher Sharks Of Malapascua Island Philippines

    Monad Shoal, a large seamount off Malapascua Island in the Philippines, is the only place in the world where pelagic thresher sharks are consistently seen. They're amazing creatures.

    Pelagic threshers are a large shark, growing to almost 4 m in total length, including their oversized tail. That tail looks a little odd in photos, but most people who've seen them underwater rate threshers amongst the most graceful and balletic of all sharks.

    While I can sympathise with that point of view, and they're certainly no danger to people, I personally prefer to think of them as deceptively violent ...

  • Tresher Sharks At Monad Shoal Malapascua Island PH

    From my diving trip on Malapascua Island, PH. Various sights of Tresher Sharks at the dive site Monad Shoal, including a rare sight of three at once. Also catched a manta floating by. Filmed by the great DMs of Sea Explorers Philippines.

  • Summit Urges Protection Of Sharks For Eco Balance

    Summit Urges Protection Of Sharks For Eco Balance

    Close to 100 policymakers, advocates, government officials and shark enthusiasts called for the national protection of sharks as they gathered in Silliman University for the 2nd Philippine Shark Summit last November 10-11.

    Anna Oposa, executive director of Save Philippine Seas, said that in shark and ray management and conservation issues, "we need to engage various stakeholders, from policymakers, scientists, advocates, and youth. Their issues reflect the ocean's issues, which need to be tackled from various entry points.

    "We are honored to host the country's second Shark Summit, and we ...

  • Groups Call For National Protection Of Sharks

    Close to 100 policymakers, advocates, government officials, and shark enthusiasts gathered on November 10-11 in Silliman University for the 2nd Philippine Shark Summit and made a call for the protection of sharks at a national level.

    Building on the critical milestones of the 1st Philippine Shark Summit held in Cebu in 2014, the Summit convened by Save Sharks Network Philippines (SSNP) is part of Shark Conservation Week, an awareness campaign to highlight issues on the conservation, management, and utilization of sharks, and to engage various stakeholders toward the passage of a shark and r ...

  • Sharks Are Helping The Philippines Recover From A Typhoon

    Sharks Are Helping The Philippines Recover From A Typhoon

    At dawn on Friday 8 November 2013, exactly three years ago, the Philippines was struck by the deadliest typhoon in its history: Typhoon Haiyan.

    The first point of impact was the eastern province of Guiuan. From there the 370-mile-wide storm travelled west across the country, devastating its picture-perfect islands before moving on to Vietnam and Laos.

    As the 195mph winds struck the shore, palm trees crunched into two, buildings were ripped apart, and cars were swept up and piled on top of one another. Over the course of the next 48 hours, more than a million homes were destroyed and more ...

  • Thresher Shark Fuchshai At Monad Shoal Malapascua Island Philippines

    Thresher shark (Fuchshai) at Monad Shoal, Malapascua Island, Philippines, investigating me and coming closeDivespot = Monad Shoal, Malapascua Island, Philippines.