Shark diving in Malapascua Island

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Shark Diving in Malapascua Island

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  • Clyde B
    10 contributions
    For reference, we are Padi AOW and Rescue divers. We dive in quite a few places around the world. We did many dives on this trip with Sea Explorers. Without taking anything away from the great experiences we've had in other areas, Sea-Explorers have no equal in Malapascua and can outclass most shops worldwide. They know their reefs, nothing is too great or too small, they spoil you, they have fun and they take great pride in what they do. The whole team is friendly and knowledgeable. The boat is superb. The Nitrox blend is spot on everytime, and the establishment is topnotch. They have great systems in place, plus they'll shuffle the itinerary to suit your requirements as you would like. The thresher shark dive is the highlight, and it does not fail to disappoint. The location is superb and if you're staying at OceanVida with these guys down below, you'll just fall out of bed and into the boat. There's really nothing serious to fault. We met a German on our trip who has dived with them yearly for many years. He's an avid photographer with high tech kit, and he keeps returning. Their motto is "Dive with a smile", and you can't help but join them in that.
    Written 28 August 2022
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  • Sofie R
    3 contributions
    We did 3 boat dives at Monad Shoal to look for the thresher sharks, 3 boat dives at Gato Island and some night dives with Fun and Sun. The people are super nice, chill and ready to help accommodate our diving wishes as best as possible. Thank you Charise for always being helpful and flexible with planning our dives, and helping me getting a nasal spray from the mainland for my sinus issues. Also thanks to Leo and Luwil for being excellent diving guides! We enjoyed your company very much!
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • dreamer
    Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
    I went to Malapascua and chose Dive Society to go diving with.
    Everyone is very helpful and you recognize that they care. Also safety is not just a word for them, they mean it. They have oxygen just in case. Most equipment was new and they maintain it. They offer best brand rental equipment.
    The boat (bangka) is big and very convenient and they also have a nice speedboat with a roof. It feels like home or good friends when you stay there! They care, they are funny and the dives are awesome! On the boat, in the water and underwater
    and beside diving they are a great team. The DM are searching for the animals you want to see. The instructors know what they do and are very patient. They love their job. Thank you Dive Masters, thank you Dive Society. It was awesome!
    Written 13 October 2019
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  • Anna
    2 contributions
    I did my open water certificate with Momo without ever doing any test dives. I guess the fact that I then also did my advanced open water certificate with him (which I haven‘t planned) says it all.
    I felt really safe and comfortable with him under water and he always made sure that I have the best experience possible.
    He also knows the island and all the dive sites really well and I can only recommend going diving with him, no matter if it‘s for fun dives or any kind of certificate.

    Thank you so much for everything, Momo!
    Written 24 March 2020
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  • Sagi E
    Beersheba, Israel11 contributions
    We do 3 dive at gato and shark zone
    Is it great price per dive
    All the equipment was good and dive master was good also
    We like rayen he was great and do for as great photos
    We recommend about this dive center
    Written 7 May 2017
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  • Salim A
    Brussels, Belgium19 contributions
    French ( English below) :

    Expérience exceptionnelle avec un super staff !
    Magnifiques plongées sur Monad shaol et Gato island avec un instructeur super professionel ! # Master Tong 🙏🥹

    Ma compagne était hésitante à replonger , l’équipe de MTD a su lui redonner goût à la plongée grace aux merveilleuses rencontre avec les requins ( renards, white tip…)

    Club tenu par des locaux et à recommander !

    English :

    Exceptional experience with a wonderful staff !

    Wonderful dives on Monad shoal & Gato island with a really profesionnal instructor !
    # Master Tong 🙏🥹

    My wife was hesitating to dive again, but thanks to MTD team and all the times she saw sharks ( threshers, white tips…) She’s now into scuba diving again !

    Club runned by locals that I recommend a lot !
    Written 11 August 2022
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  • Natasha P
    Minato, Japan5 contributions
    I went here on a short break with friends and tried the scuba introduction lesson. Kerrin was a great instructor who inspired confidence, especially as I was a bit nervous he always put things in perspective. Before you knew if I was out in the open water on my 1st dive. It was such a great experience I completed my Open water diving course and am now hooked on diving.

    I would highly recommend this diving school and diving in Malapascua.
    Written 7 October 2018
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  • Lee0426
    South Korea12 contributions
    Had fun dives with my friends and it was fantastic.
    All crew of Sol are very careful & professional so we spent very confortable diving trip over a week.
    Malapascua is such a small island but the world underwater is limitless. I am sure Sol will guide & partner you perfectly to enjoy the underwater world tour though you should rely on your luck to find Tresher shark.
    Written 24 September 2017
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  • michaelstott1989
    Manchester, UK1 contribution
    It was a great experience diving with Johan Dive Center. After not diving for over 6 months I did my refresh course with Sarah, Johan's instructor she was patient and guided me well.

    I did 3-4 fun dives after my refresher also with Sarah. We saw plent of marine life around the reef and I also got to see white tip reef shark and a HUGE thresher shark.

    This little dive shop is just as good as the crowded bigger ones in Malapascua, on the plus side you get more of an intimate service here. Also, their equipment was in excellent condition and so was their boats, and the staff are fun and friendly. What more could you ask for?

    5 STARS for Johan's Dive Center!! Thanks Sarah!!
    Written 13 June 2017
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  • DiverMiguelito
    Dublin, CA169 contributions
    SEADOORS REVIEW

    Boarded the Seadoors live-aboard at the Cebu Yacht Club on Mactan Island near Cebu City. The Seadoors has been in operation as a live-aboard since about 2012. This was a nine-night trip, the last one before the vessel went into dry dock for several weeks.

    The original itinerary was to take us over to Leyte for 3 days but due to some very bad weather it was necessary to change our route. As planned, we headed North to Malapascua for 2 days of diving. Here we did 3 dives on Monad Shoal for thresher shark encounters. The diving at this site is very early, 5 AM, and no dive or video lights are allowed. The dives are also quite deep – 90’-100’+. So the dive conditions are not conducive to very clear, close sightings. We did see some threshers passing in the distance appearing as outlines and shadows. At Malapascua, we also dived Gato Island. The night dive here was quite good.

    Then, instead of going to Leyte, we headed South diving Kalaggamann and Capitancillo Islands. The next day, we motored to Bohol where we dived several sites about Cabilao and Panglao. The diving here was challenging to the weather conditions – high seas and strong winds. My dive buddy and I had to abort one dive due to very strong currents. With a DM, we had to wait about 20 minutes at the surface in 5’-6’ seas before being picked up by the skiff.

    After diving the Bohol area for 3 days, we motored down to Apo Island for 4 dives. Then we were off to dive the black sand at Dauin at Negros Island. Here we had very good macro-photo opportunities. Next stop was Oslob for a whale shark encounter on SCUBA. We had a nice hour of close-up action with the large creatures. We finished the trip with dives at Sumilon Island and another dive at Panglao.

    The crew of the Seadoors was very friendly and helpful, always available to assist and lend a hand. The food was plentiful, tasty and varied. All meals were served buffet. With the first dive usually set for about 6 AM, there was no early continental breakfast just cookies (sometimes with roaches), bananas and coffee – no toast, no cereal, no yogurt, etc. The Seadoors had local and Belgium beer on board with a very limited selection of wine. The Belgium beer was priced at $6 USD per bottle so none was consumed by any diver.

    The cabins are spacious with lots of storage space and hooks. There are limited electrical outlets. The head has an open shower in it so the toilet tends to get wet. The A/C was usually dripping even when the thermostat was at the recommended temperature. No TP is allowed in the toilet due to the boat’s sensitive plumbing system. The head was usually a gathering place for many ants and gnats.

    The Seadoors has very limited camera space. The camera table was sufficient for this trip because there was only one large camera rig. But there is really only enough space for 2 large rigs. There are plenty of outlets for charging batteries. There was a leak on the camera table from the ceiling above coming from the shower in a cabin on the upper deck.

    The dive deck is a bit small; at times it was congested on this trip with 7 divers; the boat can take 12 divers. Nitrox is available. The dive routine was to board and unload from the skiff without gear on. Such was donned on the skiff. During the 2 days of choppy water, it was a real challenge making the transfer from big boat to the skiff. The dive briefings were fairly thorough but not always understandable due to the limited English of the trip director.

    In addition to his poor English, the trip director at times seemed to be just going through the motions; the dive guests were not his priority. Perhaps this was because we were on the last trip before dry dock. The trip director insisted on sticking to a nonsensical early dive schedule. The first dive of the day was usually set for about 6 AM. This was the schedule even when not diving with threshers. The next dive was usually at about 9:30 AM (after a real breakfast). Then the next dive wasn’t until about 2:30 PM with a night dive at about 6:15 PM. Several divers asked the Trip Director for a more reasonable dive schedule that did not unnecessarily require such an early start to the day. Incredibly, the trip director’s response was that too much sleep puts divers in bad moods. Really??!! He was totally inflexible in this regard.

    Clearly, the top priority for the trip director was his U/W photography. He would often have the local dive guides on the trip find critters for him. He would often take photos before guests and monopolize photo ops. This was very inconsiderate and unprofessional. Even the boat’s dive crew commented negatively about this. The local dive guides were always helpful and wanting to give the guests a positive experience. They were excellent at finding photo subjects.

    The boat itself is in need of lots of fixing and repairs. There are lots of insects and leaky walls and ceilings. One cabin even lost the porthole in its head during the rough weather. This occurred about 3-4 days into the trip. The trip director did not take action to patch up the opening for the remainder of the trip.

    In summary, the Seadoors has very good local dive guides, good food and good dive locations. However, clearly the boat is in serious need of repairs and upgrades. The trip director should be replaced or receive some comprehensive training. I can’t see myself taking a trip on this boat again and certainly cannot recommend it especially when there are other options available.
    Written 5 August 2019
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