thresher sharks plus world class reef diving.
Malapascua, Philippines. (Pick up from Cebu Island)
Intermediate. Some dives below 30m/100ft
December 5th to
Single or Double occ.
2014 THRESHER SHARK EXPEDITION TRIP
Dive with Thresher Sharks!
Join us for a week of diving with thresher
sharks at Malapascua in the Philippines. Monad Shoal is the
ONLY place in the world where pelagic thresher sharks can be
reliably encountered day after day.
Each morning, just after sunrise, pelagic thresher sharks
rise from the depths to be cleaned by reef fishes. Up to a
dozen or so sharks can sometimes be seen cautiously
approaching the cleaning stations and then stalling in the
water column with their long tails pointing slightly
downwards in an unmistakable signal that they are ready for
the cleaner fishes to attend them. Lucky divers
may even see a bigeye thresher shark swimming among their
pelagic cousins. Monad Shoal is a very unique dive site that
you have to see to believe.
And, enjoy a week of World
Class Reef Diving in the Visayan Sea.
magical days of diving on the amazing soft and hard coral
reefs around Malapascua and its surrounding islands. Take
the opportunity to do up to 20 dives throughout the week.
Remember to bring a macro lens because many of these dives
will focus on the classic species that this region of the
world is famous for. Expect to see pygmy seahorses,
blue-ringed octopuses, ornate ghost pipefish, mating
mandarinfish and a myriad of other exotic species.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES:
7 nights accommodation in a deluxe cottage
6 days of boat diving: 20 dive package
including six thresher shark dives and two night dives.
Marine park fee/tax.
Monad Shoal marine protection fee.
Calangaman Island marine park fee.
All extended trip fuel surcharges (Dona Marilyn wreck,
Calangaman Island and Kimud Shoal Trips).
Transfers to/from Cebu City including group shuttle and
private boat to Malapascua.
Flights. Nitrox. Hotel in Cebu City. Personal diving equipment,
Meals and crew gratuities.
DIVE MONAD SHOAL - THRESHER SHARK CAPITAL
OF THE WORLD!
10am Pick up from Cebu City. Group shuttle to the north end
of Cebu Island (about 3 hours) followed by a 45 minute boat
ride across the Visaya Sea to Malapascua Island. Settle into
your deluxe ocean view cottage and explore Malapascua's lush
jungle trails or snorkel on the house reef.
Days Two to Seven:
Sunrise Thresher Shark Dive on Monad Shoal
followed by an epic two tank day trip to some of
the best sites within reach of Malapascua Island. On two of
these days we will conduct a night dive at Lighthouse
Reef to see the mating manadarinfish or search for
critters on one of the other shallow sites around the
10am boat and shuttle back to Cebu City. Final
fairwells or join us on a follow-on trip elsewhere in
Southeast Asia (TBA).
JUST A FEW OF MALAPASCUA'S
WORLD CLASS DIVE SITES:
Thresher Shark Central! Monad is an underwater
island on the edge of a 200m drop off, and is famous as the
only place in the world where thresher sharks can be seen
everyday. Giant manta rays are a common sight year round and
the shoal attracts other pelagics such as devil rays and
eagle rays. Monad Shoal is best dived on Nitrox to increase
bottom times with the sharks.
Dona Marilyn Wreck
The Dona Marilyn was a Cebu-Manila passenger
ferry that sank in a typhoon over 20 years ago. It was a
huge disaster and many people lost their lives. The wreck is
around 100m long, and now lying on its starboard side,
amazingly still all in one piece. Long lost fishing nets
encrusted in coral are draped all over it.
Marble rays, blue-spotted rays and whitetip sharks live
under the bow and eagle rays and devil rays sometimes pass
through. The wreck is covered in a healthy growth of soft
coral, and the resident fish grow to a large size. Expect
large cuttlefish and scorpionfish are common as well as
nudibranchs and flatworms. A giant moray eel is living in
the wreck. You can also see many of the beautiful purple
fire sea urchins, accompanied by their resident zebra crabs
and Coleman's shrimp. Penetration is possible for qualified
divers. There is lots to see inside as it has remained
They say that "You come to Malapascua
to see the thresher sharks, but you leave
remembering Gato". Gato is a marine reserve and sea
snake sanctuary. It has at least five dive sites
with a huge diversity of marine life.
At all sites you can see such things
as banded sea snakes, cuttlefish (often while
mating), seahorses, nudibranchs, frogfish, scorpion
fish, porcupine fish, and smashing mantis shrimp.
Away from the reef you can see schools of squid and
big-mouthed mackerel attracted by the baitballs.
There are many whitetip sharks in residence at Gato,
as well as bamboo and cat sharks. The coral is in
good condition and the rocky island has many
interesting underwater rock formations, overhangs,
A shallow site (usually dived at
night) where psychedelic mandarinfish are guaranteed.
Do not miss the exotic mating dance of the male and
his adoring females.
We regularly see seahorses, scribbled and banded
pipefish, juvenile sweetlips, banded sea snakes,
colorful nudibranchs, many varieties of shrimp and
occasional blue-ringed octopus and frogfish.
shallow dive site and a macro photographer’s
delight. The healthy soft coral is home to a large
variety of life including sea snakes, snake eels,
moray eels, cuttlefish (including flamboyants),
seamoths (Pegasus), large crabs and juvenile
subjects includes scores of different nudibranchs,
flatworms, cleaner and coral shrimps, shells and
cowries. Flatworms are common and if you are lucky
you will see them performing their jaw-droppingly
beautiful shimmery mating ritual!
is an underwater pinnacle, very near Malapascua.
There is a large school of batfish is residence as
well as squid, mackerel, nudis, scorpionfish,
lionfish, zebra crabs and whip coral shrimp.
wall dive where you can often find large pelagic
schooling fishes as well as macro subjects such as
the beautiful white mushroom coral pipefish, ornate
ghost pipefish and candy crabs. And, the very
special Denise Pygmy seahorse which are often in
residence on the Calangamman's enormous orange sea
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