Dive in Malapascua

Malapascua Island surrounded with a variety of mountains, forest with coconut trees and the best attraction is the white beaches and sand surrounds the entire island.

Dive Sites In Malapascua

Chocolate Island

A peaceful and among the loveliest attraction regarding diving activities in Malapascua Island located in Cebu is the Chocolate Island. Chocolate Island is a unique form of diving site because of its rocky surrounding underwater named the chocolate island. It is being called a chocolate island because of the presence of the larger rocks surrounds the entire diving sites. The entire diving sites have full of coral heads with the charming and exquisite soft corals. Chocolate Island is a peaceful and lovely diving site in Malapascua Island that seemingly attracts to the divers and the nature lovers as well because of the different sea creatures and specie that are rare and seen in this site.

Aside from the soft corals and different reefs with a large numbers of small reef fish that are being present in which corals and reefs use as their home. In order for the small fishes to be safe and harmless when danger came they lived in corals and reefs. Another sea creatures living in chocolate island is the eagle rays with a different variety of sizes. It is being called q unique diving site not only on the rocks around but it is a shallow type of diving site unlike the other diving sites in Malapascua Island. There are different sea creatures and specie seen in Chocolate Island even it is a shallow diving site one.

Another captivating attraction of Chocolate Island is the distinctive sea snakes around the diving site. Snake eels can be found in Chocolate Island. Cuttlefish which include flamboyants, seamoths (Pegasus), large crabs and batfish were being present in this particular diving site. Even Chocolate Island is a shallow type of diving site but still many sea creatures and specie grow and live this site because of the peaceful and alluring site. Aside from peaceful and alluring site in Chocolate Island, this is a clean diving site.

Macro which includes nubibranchs, flatworms, shrimp, shells and cowries are in the chocolate island as well. Chocolate Island is a photograph enchant because of the captivating and rapturous sea creatures and beautiful coral and reefs that are being seen around the chocolate island. An example of the perfect tourist destination either form local or foreign people worldwide. If you visit Chocolate Island as your destination to your diving activities, I can assure that you experience the most unforgettable and most spectacular experiences in chocolate island diving site.

Access: Boat Entry
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Maximum Depth: 17m
Average Visibility: 10m-30m

Deep Rock

The new discovered diving site in Malapascua Island and belong as one of the tourist destination when it comes to diving activities. This particular diving site surrounds with a different variety of rocks underwater. This certain diving sites were diverse several of sea creatures and specie underwater. There are lots of corals and reefs which were being use as a home of almost sea creatures living in this site. This diving site surrounds with different rocks in which all rocks were being surrounded by the different corals and reefs. Like with the other diving sites in Malapascua most creatures living and seen this site was rare and really amazing.

Some of the creatures will be seen here are the groups of frogfish that catch the attention who ever seen the frog fishes living in the entire diving site. Nudis and pygmy seahorse with different colours can be also seen in this diving site under the coral and reefs. Rocks in the deep rock diving site will helpful and important to them as their protection and as well as their home. Strong ghost pipefish are expected to be found in some deep areas in deep rock. You can discover the variety of fishes in deep rock. Juvenile batfish that is uncommon to be seen were being present.

Aside from the several fishes above, harlequin sweetlips and dotted leather coral cowries that are bigger especially the black cowries that is the most awaited part in the part of the divers. Also it is a photograph enchantment because of the several fishes that are not remarkable and unusual to be seen. Coral and reefs in this diving site is one of the best desirable things that divers wanted to see and also discover things are not frequent. It is belong to the best diving site in Malapascua since deep rock is among the famous diving site. With the presence of many rocks that are being surrounded it certainly add appeal to the divers.

Family of fishes like batfish, scorpion fish, zebra fish, zebra crabs and whip coral shrimp are living also in this diving site. Rocks in deep rock are surrounds with soft and hard coral that really amazed and catch the attention of every diver. This is not a large diving site and no so lots of reef fishes. Even it is a small are in diving but it seems beautiful and peaceful to in taking diving activities. Experience and enjoy diving activities the deep rock diving site in Malapascua Island.

Access: Boat Entry
Average Depth: 5m
Maximum Depth: 22m
Average Visibility: 10-30m

Gato Island

Gato Island is one of the hottest dive spots in the Philippines. Its abundance of marine life makes it one of the best marine havens around Cebu. Macro Photographers and Diving experts consider it as an underwater paradise for it hosts tons of unique and exotic aquatic species.

Gato Island is also a popular breeding ground for sea snakes. It is one of the only three sea snake breeding spots in the Philippines. The breeding season is held during the months of March to September. Species of snakes here include the black and white banded sea snake, gigantic moray eel, silver eel and other poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. One local poisonous snake is the Balingkasaw. These snakes are caught for their skins. The skins are eventually turned into bags and shoes in Danao City. Moreover, its meat is used as an aphrodisiac by the Chinese people.

Other species to watch out for are frogfish, scorpionfish, shrimps, shells, cuttlefish, pufferfish, tuna, mackerel, squids, stingrays, snappers, nudibranchs and pygmy sea horses. The site is also rewarded for sightings of sharks such as the white tip reef sharks and bamboo sharks that are usually seen sleeping in the cave and sometimes lurking around the exit.

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Light House Wreck

Wanted to see another wreck form Japanese World War II, then light house wreck is the answer for this. Besides form pioneer Japanese wreck, light house also come from Japanese during World War II. Lighthouse is located in a shallow part with an average of 3 meters above sea level. As you can notice plenty of rocks being surrounded but the truth that is the cement to be used during the World War II by the Japanese soldiers. They said that it was being bomb before the wreck were being landed. Through that happening wrecks will become divided into two and until now wrecks are present as a home of the different sea creatures and specie living in the light house wreck.

Inside the light house wreck many creatures will prefer to live because it is safe and they are being protected through the wrecks also the corals and reefs inside the wrecks. Mandarin fish are the first family of the fish that will be seen in the light house wreck. Sea horses, scribbled and banded pipefish are also found in the light house wreck diving site. Unlike form the pioneer Japanese wreck that is located in a deep part of Malapascua Island, light house are in the shallow part but still lots of creatures to be found.

Young sweetlips, stripy sea snakes, sea stars, and giant crabs, shrimp and occasionally frogfish are now in light house wreck. Divers were certainly enjoyed seeing the beautiful and wonderful sea creatures living in the light house wreck diving sites and the light house itself. Even nubibranchs and cephalopods are present like bobtail squid, reef squid, and starry octopus. Occasionally exquisite octopus especially those blue-ringed ones and scuttle fish are in light house sometimes, it depend the condition and weather underwater.

Aside from that, hermit crabs, yellow trained barracuda, pipefish, octopus, young harlequin sweetlips and sea snakes living inside or outside the light house wreck. Your entire diving activities in light house wreck can truly satisfy in you. With the family of different fishes with various colours and shapes, the soft coral and reefs and the light house wreck certainly your diving experience will be cherished and treasured. You won’t forget how light house wreck made your happiness in your entire life.

Access: Boat Entry
Average Depth: 5m
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Average Visibility: 10-30m


Lighthouse is the spot near Gato Island where you can find the most beautiful fish in the world—the rare mandarin fish. The best time for spotting the rare and psychedelic mandarin fish is in the late afternoon when sightings of them are 100% guaranteed. You should keep an eye for the exotic mating dance of the male mandarin fish and their female mates.

Although there are only few who dive during dusk, it is one of the best moments to sight many marine species such as seahorses, juvenile sweetlips, banded sea snakes, banded and scribbled pipefish, crabs, sea stars and frogfish.

In the night, you must watch out for species of nudibranch, reef squid, bobtail squid, starry night octopus and the rare blue-ringed octopus.

Moreover, you should also not forget to drop by the small WWII wreck near the site.

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North Point

Diving is one of the best sports and challenging activities underwater. Every diver wanted to see and experience the different spectacular diving destination located at Malapascua Island in Cebu and one of the amazing diving sites in the north point. North point was a great and lovely site when it regards to any diving activities. It surrounds with the various corals and reefs in which oral gardens used as a home of the different creatures and species can be seen that made your diving experience unforgettable.

Distinctive nubibranchs seen nearly in the oral garden in which they tend to be as a home. There are numerous numbers of small shoals of catfish living in wonderful and different colours of coral and reefs around the diving sites. Around the entire diving site reef fish and different kinds of rays, cuttlefish and huge crabs can be found. North point is include as a great diving site in Malapascua Island because of the different colours and types of sea creatures and species living that are most noticeable and can astonish in every diver. This is one of the example and a good site to all photographers whom searching a good sites about different creatures and specie living underwater.

Divers who already experience diving underwater in the north point suggest that it is much better to dive at night because mostly sea creatures and specie will be seen at night at the coral garden as their home. Divers describe the north point diving site as a wonderful, lovely and peaceful diving site due to the presence of the various fishes with different colours, sizes and shapes. Soft corals and reefs are numerous and perceivable to the divers. Another attraction when it comes to diving activities in Malapascua Island named the north point diving site.

Even frog fish with different colours, fire urchin hikers were being found also in the north point diving sites. Various fire urchin hikers include candy crabs, zebra crabs, and nubibranchs will captivating and fascinated to the eyes of the every diver. Another attraction in Malapascua Island in north point that mostly endure people especially to the divers and sea lovers because of the astonishing and marvellous things to be seen underwater include different corals and reefs and huge numbers of heterogeneous sea creatures and species living and growing under the north point diving site. Wanted an unforgettable and animating feeling, visit and relish the north point diving site.

Access: Boat Entry
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Maximum Depth: 23m
Average Visibility: 15m

Nudibranch City

Nudibranch Cirty is another Gato dive site known for having an abundance of nudibranch species. At the average depth of 22 meters or 72 feet, you will be able to see large numbers of species of nudibranch and this moment will give you a lasting impression to the site.

Here are also lots of other unique and rare critters aside from the nudibranchs. Critters include scorpionfish, hermit crabs, seahorse, squids, puffer fish, cuttlefish, lobsters, porcupine fish, mantis shrimp, frogfish and pelagic species as well.

In addition, there is also a good coral growth here. The corals as well as the sea whips and fans serve as the homes of many tiny fish. Rock formations are also excellent, giving you some swim-through’s to explore.

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Pioneer Japanese Wreck

A deep type of diving site in Malapascua Island in Cebu that divers required and allowed here are the experts divers that have the abilities and capabilities in diving deep underwater. This is one of the most dangerous diving sites if you don’t have enough knowledge and trainings in diving deep diving site. You must be a professional diver for you to experience diving under the pioneer Japanese wreck. This kind of wreck is from the Japanese wreck during the World War II. Pioneer Japanese wreck is among the tourist destination to all the divers in Malapascua Island either from local or foreign people because they wanted to see the Japanese wreck from Japanese during the World War II.

As you can see the Pioneer Japanese Wreck, some equipment used during World War II is still being there like the guns pointing upward. The wreck made as a home of different small fishes not only small fishes but also big kinds of fishes and other sea creatures living and growing in Pioneer Japanese Wreck. Lot of corals, soft and hard coral are also been found in the wreck. Propeller and anchors are also present under the wreck. The entire pioneer wreck is surrounded by different coral and reefs. This is a inimitable attraction in Malapascua Island except the distinctive fishes and specie but the pioneer Japanese itself.

Massive scorpion, eagle rays large groupers are also been living in the pioneer Japanese wreck. Even sharks are also in this diving site. There are plenty and abundance fishes in different variety and colours that seemingly attractive and lovely to see while you are diving. Shoals of barracuda tuna and snappers are included with these attractive creatures. Big creatures and specie prefer to live and remain to grow and grow because the diving site was keeping them away from danger. The deep of the diving site was made diver to be challenge and exciting to their part.

But not all the time they can dive it immediately, there are times that this particular site were unpredictable maybe because of the deep of the water above the sea level. They made sure before diving that no danger will come and a peaceful site so that jeopardy will be avoided. If you are one of the professional divers and wanted to dive with a matchless diving site, the pioneer wreck best for you.

Access:Boat Entry
Average Depth: 42m
Maximum Depth: 56m
Average Visibility: 10-30m

Shore diving

Diving site located at Malapascua Island in Cebu which is a wonderful and a fantastic one because of the different sea creatures and fishes living and become greater as time goes by this is the shore diving. Aside from chocolate Island, shore diving is another shallow diving site that can swim for only 200-3m above sea level. Despite the shallow type of this diving site many divers wanted to experience diving at shore diving site. This certain diving sites in not a huge area unlike the other diving sites in Malapascua, it is narrow one. The entire shore diving found many sea grasses that sometimes use as a home specifically the small fishes.

For 100 m under Sea Level, Sea grasses are being seen in which star fish, puffers are being found. Even pipefish, nudibranchs are being present in shore diving. Mostly small family of fishes were growing and been live in the sea grasses and sometimes small fishes got food coming from the sea grasses. Small octopus and juveniles were be seen in shore diving. But mostly bigger sea creatures and specie are rarely found in shore diving because of the shallow are and limited space in this site.

A mixture of sea grass that will turn some of them into soft and hard corals that made into home for the small fishes and other sea creatures. House to groups of cardinal fishes are the soft and hard corals from the sea grasses. Except for cardinal fishes, sergeant majors and damselfish will be shown in shore diving sites. Many desirable things are being seen under the diving site in shore diving. With the presence of this sea creatures and other specie divers have a desire to dive even in a shallow and limited site.

Moray eels, lionfish and sea hares found in shore diving. Shore diving are known in Malapascua Island as a stunning and extravagant diving site because of the corals in various sizes and the presence of the fishes and other sea creatures to be found. Blue ringed octopus and eagle rays are the most anticipated part for the divers. Wanted to sea amazing sea creatures in a shallow part of underwater, come and get pleasures from diving in shore diving.

Access: Shore Entry
Average Depth: 5m
Maximum Depth: 30m
Average Visibility:10-30m

The Cave

The Cave, also known as The Tunnel, is one of the most unforgettable sites around Gato Island. With a maximum depth of 32 meters, the tunnel serves as a home for numerous common cave dwellers.

Here you can see species of crab, lobsters, cardinal fish, giant puffer fish, some species of nudibranch, frogfish and scorpionfish as well.

In the corners of the cave you will be exhilarated by the sightings of white tip sharks. You are lucky if you find them circling near the exit and still lucky if you spot them sleeping behind or under the giant rocks of the cave. You will also find bamboo sharks and cat sharks here.

There are some overhangs and swim-through’s at the exit of the cave. Although swimming-through here is only advisable for experienced divers, beginners can still enjoy their encounter with the baby white tip sharks in the cave.

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The Guardhouse

The guardhouse is another astonishing dive site around the island of Gato. It is famous for having lots of the rare pink and yellow pygmy sea horse.

Like the rest of Gato dive sites, the Guardhouse also highlights a spectacular and protected marine life. It is a haven for large groups of cuttlefish, nudibranches, lionfish, pufferfish, lionfish, spider crabs, sting rays, sea snakes, banded boxer shrimp, whip coral shrimps, squids, tuna, mackerel, moray eels, snappers and shellfish.

Aside from the rich marine life, the site also has an abundant growth of colorful hard and soft corals and sea whips as well.

You are lucky to spot species of sharks sleeping in the corner of the cave or hiding under huge rocks. You are luckier if you see them patrol around the exit of the cave.

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White Tip Alley

White Tip Alley, as the name suggests, is the best spot for sighting the majestic white tip sharks. It is one of the five dive spots around the area of Gato Island and like all the others; it also has an abundant marine life.

Sightings of white tip reef sharks are 95% guaranteed. They are commonly spotted sleeping under the rocks or in the corner of the cave. You are lucky to find them circling around. Other than sharks, you can also see schools of beautiful fish such as cuttlefish, pufferfish, seahorses, scorpionfish, lionfish, spider crabs, frogfish, banded boxer shrimp, nudibranches and whip coral shrimps.

The dive here in White Tip Alley is easy yet spectacular. You will not only enjoy your encounter with the marine species but also the overall condition of the site. The current is usually low, surface conditions are calm and the visibility is excellent. Thereby, you will have a superb diving experience her e in White Tip Alley.

Access: Shore Entry
Average Depth: 20m
Maximum Depth: 30m
Average Visibility: 14m

Dive Sites In Malapascua

Wanting some attractive, alluring, lovely and peaceful Island where you can relax and enjoy? Malapascua Island is what you are searching for. Malapascua Island is located at the north tip of Cebu with the population of almost around 4,000. People are friendly, humble and welcoming.

Some people live in Malapascua Island have a livelihood more on tourism, fishing, boat building and coconut. Malapascua Island surrounded with a variety of mountains, forest with coconut trees and the best attraction is the white beaches and sand surrounds the entire island.

In Cebuanos, Malapascua island is called “bad Christmas” according to their legend. This certain island was being discovered by a foreigner named Freddy for almost 25 yrs ago. As Freddy discovered the Island, he immediately made a resort because of the lovely and peaceful place in the entire Island. Years later he planned to open different diving destinations and sites because of the shimmering corals and different variety of sea creatures and specie that can be seen underwater which include the thresher sharks. Tour in the whole Malapascua Island consume almost two hours.

There are different attractions in Malapascua Island includes waterside tower cemetery, light house wreck, pioneer wreck and any other diving sites and lookout up near Los Bamboos. Probably Malapascua Island is a beautiful, untouched and sleepy island, with sandy beaches that is surrounded with lush green palm trees. It is a peaceful island because you can’t hear voices coming from any cars with a building with only one high floor. Being in Malapascua Island certainly you can enjoy because of the different attractions and the creatures living in the entire island.

Some events happen in Malapascua Island are fiestas, basketball, cockfighting, swimming pool at Kuan Ba, lovely beaches, sightseeing the beautiful place in the island, snorkelling and diving. Aside from the lovely beaches and attractions, Malapascua have an excellent restaurant with great and delicious foods with a bar that you are going to choose from that you probably like and love it.

Best Diving Season: September
Weather: Rainy season from July to December and dry season from January to June
Water Temperature: 24-26 degree celcius
Marine Animal Highlights:  thresher sharks, hammerhead sharks
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Transportation: Pick up and transport from Cebu to Thresher Shark Divers through private taxi and private boat.

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