Come dive the Philippines with us

Departure Date

14 Mar

Duration

12 days

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Maximum Seats

10

Ever wanted to dive with Thresher sharks??

R33 000.00 pp sharing Includes:

50% deposit secures!

Return flight OR-Tambo to Cebu (Current: R11000)
Airport Taxes
Return airport transfers
1 night B&B accommodation in Hong Kong.
9 nights in deluxe AC room, en-suite accommodation
Daily breakfast, lunch and 3 course dinner.
Free water refills - take your own water bottle. (reduce the use of plastic)
9 day dives and 1 night dive - tank and weights
All dive equipment hire
Daytrip to Kalanggaman
All marine and conservation fees

The Philippines

The Philippines (Filipino: Pilipinas) is an archipelago in South-East Asia of more than seven thousand islands located between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea at the very eastern edge of Asia. The Philippine archipelago is divided into three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

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What is the diving like?

Malapascua (the island we will be staying on) is known for daily sightings of the famous Thresher Shark at Monad Shoal, but also incredible macro diving. There are wreck dives like the Dona Marilyn and Mogami Maru and also colourful reefs as well as deep and shallow dives.

All of this together is what makes Malapascua the best all around dive location in the Philippines!!

See below some of the dive sites available.

Monad Shoal

It’s a dawn dive and it is the most popular excursion in Malapascua. We do day dives here to see the Manta Rays who swoop in for a good clean. For our deep diving customers we do day dives here between 30m and 100m where we encounter the Threshers by ourselves over the side of the plateau. SO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ATLEAST ADVANCED QUALIFY!! Head over to Reef Divers for more information on the Advanced Open Water diver course.

Kimud Shoal

This is Monad’s Shoal’s little brother. Here we can have day time encounters with Threshers away from other divers. For our Tech customers we also do dives between 30m and 100m where we have personalized encounters with Thresher Sharks. And schooling Hammerheads. Yes Hammerheads – so no boring deco stops here.

Gato Island

A sanctuary and protected breeding location for the beautiful Sea Krait (sea snake). We’re almost guaranteed to see the resident White Tip Reef Sharks. This island is alive with nudibranchs, Harlequin Ghost Pipefish, Pygmy Sea horses and an endless amount of other macro surprises. Gato is always tough for photographers – macro or wide angle? We recommend diving Gato at least twice – one with each set up!

More dive sites such as

Evolution’s House Reef, the Dona Marilyn, the Tapilon, Lapus Lapus, Bugtong Bato, North Point and Bantigue

 

 

Thresher Shark

Malapascua is about the only place in the world where recreational divers can encounter Thresher Sharks on a near daily basis.  Thresher Sharks are natural deep dwellers, spending the vast majority of their time at depths well below recreational and often Technical diving limits.

There are three species of Thresher Shark, distributed around the globe.  In Malapascua we see The Pelagic Thresher Shark (as opposed to Bigeyes or The Common Thresher Shark).

Where will we stay?

The rooms are the newest construction and are built to exacting western standards. They are located approx. 75m from the water and there’s white sand all the way there.

The room is en-suite with hot showers, a fan and a personal terrace.The beds are handcrafted mahogany, with high-end mattresses; the bathroom is split with a spacious, open sink area with granite countertop. These rooms give you the comforts of home.

What is Included and not Included?

Included

  • Return flight OR-Tambo to Cebu
  • Airport taxes
  • 1 nights b&b accommodation in Hong Kong
  • 9 nights en-suite accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and a 3 course dinner meal
  • 9 day dives and 1 night dive.
  • All equipment hire.
  • All transport.
  • All marine park and conservation fees
  • Kalanggaman daytrip

Excluded

  • Food & beverages not on plan
  • Travel & diving insurance.
  • Crew gratuities. (+- R500 per person)

PLEASE NOTE: Prices are subject to availability and currency fluctuations. 

Trip Overview - Dive trip schedules are tentative, weather permitting.

Thu, 14 Mar

Departing JHB

Depart OR Tambo at 12:30pm. Be at airport 2 hours prior departure. Dont want to miss your flight!!
Fri, 15 Mar

Hong Kong

Arrive Hong Kong at 07:05am. The rest of the day will be spend at the Regal Aiport hotel. Breakfast is included. If you wish to spend the day visiting Hong Kong, email us for more information.
Sat, 16 Mar

Arriving Cebu, Philippines

After breakfast, we will board our flight to Cebu at 8:30am. We land at 11:15am and will be transported to our accommodation in Malapascua. Check in and spend the rest of the day settling in and get ready for the most spectacular sunset!! Briefing will be held to discuss all dive logistics for the following days diving.
Sun, 17 Mar to Wed, 20 Mar

Diving days

After some coffee and breakfast, two dives before noon. If we are diving with the Thresher shark, it will be a 5am start.

The afternoon is free to explore the island. Relax at the restaurant with a beautiful view with some cocktails. Nice calm water to go for an afternoon snorkel or kick off your slops, relax and read your book. After all, you are on holiday!! So not doing anything is also fine.

*Departure times and trip locations vary based on ocean conditions. Trip duration is typically 3 hours.
Thu, 21 Mar

Daytrip to Kalanggaman Island

We will take a trip to this beautiful island. Do two dives with a surface interval spend relaxing, swimming and enjoying the beach. After the dives we will have a BBQ lunch right on the beach. As soon as everyone had their fair share of beach and chilling, we will take the boat back to the resort.
Fri, 22 Mar to Sun, 24 Mar

Last days on Malapascua

These are free days.

You are free to explore the island, do some extra daytrips, snorkel or just pull out your book and jump into a hammock. Malapascua has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world!! You are welcome to even add some extra dives, just keep in mind the NO-fly times.
Mon, 25 Mar

Leaving the Philippines

We will have the whole morning to relax before our long journey back home. After lunch, we will get transferred back to Cebu for our flight out at 20:00. Arrive Hong Kong at 22:45 and spend 55 minutes in transit. Our flight back to OR-Tambo is at 23:40.
Tue, 26 Mar

Arrive OR-Tambo

Arrive home at 18:45

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Hi, Manie here, to answer any questions you have about the dive trip!

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Manie Eksteen

Dive & Travel Guide

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