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Dive Sites Malapascua

Dive Sites Malapascua

Monad Shoal

Distance: 45 min.            Min. Certification: Advanced
Min. Depth: 24 meters     Max. Depth: 27 meters

Description:
The top of the shoal ranges from 24 meters to 27 meters, with a drop-off exceeding recreational dive depths. the famous thresher sharks can be seen year round at this site. Thresher sharks are regular visitors to the many cleaning stations found on the top of the reef. depending on the season you my also encounter white tip sharks, silver sharks, devil rays and giant manta rays. other regular visitors to the cleaning stations include lionfish,sweet lips, octopus and batfish. we follow strict diving rule at Monad, to minimize the impact of divers and to increase the chance of a shark encounter. Please adhere to all rules explanied by your divemaster during the dive briefing. For the more experienced diver.

Kimud Shoal

Distance: 1 hour             Min Certification: Advanced
Min. Depth: 10 meters    Max. Depth: 30-40 meters

Description:
A sea mound situated near the island of Leyte, the top of the mound is covered in soft flower corals, barrel sponges, and small outcrops of hard coral. The reef beging in 10 meters with one side gradually sloping down to 29 meters before becoming a severe drop off and the othersidecreating a stunning wall. Both sides are encrusted with an array of soft corals and sea fans. Yellow fin tina and unicorn fish thrive in the rich waters and the infamous thresher shark has also been spotted here. during the winter months of November - February this site is famous for the schooling hammerheads that can be seen in the blue waters off the mound. For advanced divers it is possible to arrange a blue dive to look for the hammerheads. 

Nunez Shoal

Distance: 2 hours             Min. Certification: OWD
Min. Depth: 10 meters     Max. Depths: 30-40 meters

Description:
Situated adjacent to Calanggaman island, this wall dives offers a little bit of everything. Hard corals and barral sponges cover the gently sloping top of the reef creating an ideal environment for sea stars, frogfish, nudibranches and reef fish to hide within. The walls drop down to a plateau in 40 meters, with further drop to well below recreational limits. Encrusted with sea fans, soft corals and sponges an array of the reef fish can be seen, moray eels and you never quite know ehat you will see off the wall into the blue. The topography of this dive sites makes it suitable for all levels of divers.

Calanggaman Island

Distance: 2 hours           Min. Certification: OWD
Min. Depth: 5 meters      Max. Depth: 30-40 meters

Description:
Calanggaman Island is a small remote white-beached paradise. The top of the shoal lies in 5-12 meters and is covered in giant barrel sponges and sea fans. The southern section offers sloping reef walls covered with soft and hard corals, hiding within are lionfish, moray eels, nudibranch and scorpion fish. The northern sectionoffer spectacular wall dives encrusted with gorgonian fans and giant barrel sponges. Schools of snappers, fusiliers and anthias can be seen congregating off the large drop offs. The deep walls offer every possible chance to encounter large sharks and rays. A good day trip for all levels of divers. 

Gato Island

Distance: 40 min            Min. Certification: OWD
Min. Depth: 3 meters      Max. Depth: 17 meters

Description:
A small island situated between Malapascua and Cebu Island, this site is a gentle relaxing dive. The island walls gently taper towards a sandy bottom, elephant ears, barrel sponges, sea fans and soft corals cover the reef creating an ideal habitat for nudibranch, sea horses, spanish dancers and hairy frogfish. In recent times the constant bombardment of dynamite fishing in the nearby villages of Tapilon and Maya, stopped us from diving this site. However due to popular demand we are once more diving this lovely site. A great dive site for any level of divers. 

Dona Marilyn

Distance: 2 hours          Min. Certofication: Advanced
Min. Depth: 19 meters   Max. Depth: 32 meters

Description:
"Dona marilyn" is a Filipino passenger ferry that sank on the 23rd of October 1988 in Typhoon Rudy. The 98 meter long ferry now lies intact on her starboard side in 32 meters of water, creating a unique artificial reef. Beneath the bow and stern you can find Marble rays and large White tip sharks sleeping. cuttlefish can also be seen lurking around. The wreck itself is covered in hard, sort and black corals. Other fish life includes scorpion fish, puffers, batfish, sweetlips and various nudibranches. For certofied, "wreck divers" it is possible to penetrate the passenger wlakways on the port side og the wreck and those intersted in completing the wreck specialy course can explore the hulls and lower decks. For the more experienced diver. 

North Rock

Destance: 20 min.            Min. Certification: Advanced
Min. Depth: 15 meters      Max. Depth: 25 meters

Description:
Situated off the northern tip of Malapascua this dive site offers a little bit of everything. Subject to strong currents a luscious soft coral garden thrives here, creating an ideal home for array of different marine life. a small coral encrusted wall starts at 15 meters and drops down to 24 meters creating shelter for many varieties of nudibranchs, flatworms and lionfrish. The sloping reef at the top of the wall is home for sea anemones, gorgonian sea fans and diant elephant ears that harbour a wide range of frogfish. A good dive site for the more experienced diver. 

North Point

Distance: 20 min.             Min. Certification: Open water
Min. Depth: 6 meters       Max. Depth: 27 meters

Description:
A constant favorite amongst divers this  site is subject to stong currents creating a perfect habitat for soft, which grow in an abundance creating a magical color garden. Even without  the strong currents this site is normally always dived as a drift dive to maximize the stunning rock formations and canyons, which creating ideal hiding places for scorpion fish, frogfish and lionfish. The sorft corals house many verieties of nudibranches and flatworms. Sea horses have also been seen hanging off the coral branches. Other marine life includes angelfish, batfish and moray eels. A great dive site for alle level og divers. 

Light House Reef

Distance: 20 min.            Min. Certification: Advanced
Min. Depth: 5 meters       Max. Depth: 10 meters

Description:
The perfect sunset dive, this site is almost a sure be to see the colorful mandarin fish performing their mating dance. The most prolific time of the month is around the full moon, but the activity can bee seen virtually every night. The first 20 minutes of the dive are spent observing the Mandarin fish; Then it is time to move on and explore the remainder of the reef. Sea horses of varying shapes, colors and sizes are a common occurrence amongst the hard coral branches as are spiny stumed cuttle fish, blue ringed octopus, flamboyant cuttle fish and a wide array of crabs of  differing shapes and sizes. A nice dive site and a great dive for first time night divers. 

Dakit - Dakit

Distance: 10 min.            Min. Certification: Open water
Min. Depth: 5 meters      Max. Depth: 12 meters

Description:
A gently dive site created by a scattering of small islands formations, some below the surface some above. The site is prone to strong currents, creating a beautiful soft coral garden. Nudibranches heaven is what this site if often refeered as. it is also possible to see many different flatworms, pipefish and sea horses hiding within the sorft corals. Sardines and baitfish can be seen schooling within the relative safe of the small islands, and moray eels hide with the overhangs and crevasse. This is an ideal dive for all levels of divers especially those who need to refresh thir diving skills. 

Chocolate Island

Distance: 40 min.               Min. Certification: Open water
Min. Depth: 3 meters         Max. Depth: 17 meters

Description:
A small island situated between Malapascua and Cebu, this site is a gentle relaxing dive. The island walls gently taper towards a sandy bottom, elephant ears, barrel sponges, sea fans and sorft corals cover the reef creating an ideal habitat for nudibranch, sea horses, spanish dancers and hairy frogfish. In  recent times the constant bombardment of dynamite fishing in the nearby villages of Tapilon and Maya, stopped us from diving this site. However due to popular demand, er are once again diving on this lovely site. A great dive site for any level of diver. 

Ka Osting

Distance: 10 min.             Min. Certification: Open water
Min. Depth: 3 meters       Max. Depth: 12 meters

Description:
A small sorft coral reef that with a mini wall of only one meter. this site is an interesting dive that offers a little bit of everything. The small reef is covered in colorful sorft corals, that house a veriety of marine life including nudibranches, flatworms, pipefish, actopus and cuttle fish. The mooring sits away from the reef in a sandy area with outcrops of hand corals, sea fans and barrel sponges. This area is worth spending some time in as array of weird and wonderful critters can be found hiding amongst the coral bommies and buried in the sand. A good dive site for students and those who have been dry for a while. 

Bantigue

Destance: 15 min.            Min. Certification: Open water
Min. Depth: 3 meters        Max. Depth: 12 meters

Description:
A muck dive without the muck is the best way to describe this shallow dive site. A small reef with pristine soft corals hiding an array of marine life including pegasus sea moths, cuttle fish, scorpion fish, nudibranches and lion fish, Time spent in the sand is not wasted at this site as many different varieties og gobies, wasp fish, razor fish and pipefish can be found for those who have a good eye. A great chech out dive site for those who have been out of the water for a while. 

Deep slope

Distance: 20 min.              Min. Certification: Advanced
Min. Depth: 16 meters      Max. Depth: 30 meters

Description:
The flat top of this sunken island lies in 15 meters. Resembling an upside down cup, the sheer walls drop down to 30 meters where the sandy bottom hides an array of weird marine life, including cuttlefish and giant sea stars. The reef walls are covered in stunning soft corals, sea fans and house a wide variety of macro life from nudibranches to flatworms and frogfrish to the pipefish. The site itself is relatively small so it is best to dive it in small groups and wait for the other boats to finish thir dive before jumping in. The depth of the site makes it suitable only for the more experienced diver. 

Bugtong Bato

Distance: 20 min.             Min. Certification: Open water
Min. Depth: 12 meter       Max. Depth: 30 meters

Description:
An interesting site with sloping reef in 12 meters, joining a mini wall to 20 meters reaching to a sea fan garden tapering down to 30 meters, so a little bit of everything. The mooring is set within the middle of the reef creating two distinct dive sites. Soft corals, sea fans and sponges cover the intire site. schools of anthias, butterfly fish and damselsm can be found living within the soft corals and hiding in the large crevasse found below the morring. Nudibranches, frogfish and pipefish can be seen throughout the intire site and harlequin shrimp can be found hiding along the wall. A good dive site for all levels of divers. 

Quiliano

Distance: 15 min.             Min. Certification: Open water
Min. Depth: 12 meters     Max. Depth: 22 meters

Description:
An underwater pinnacle situated at the northern end of the island. The flat top starts in 12 meters and gently slopes to 13 meters creating a shallow soft coral encrusted plateau. The sheersides create a beautiful wall dive; pristine soft corals and sea fans cover the entire wall and house a wide veriety of macro life from pygmy sea horses and frogfish to the colorful and often strange nudibranch. Reef fish such as fusiliersand anthias find shelter around the wall from the sometimes-strong currents. This is a beautiful and interesting dive site suitable for all levels of divers.