If you are contemplating your first trip to Malapascua its probably because you want a personal encounter with our famous Thresher Sharks. Well that’s no problem, but please don’t forget that apart from near daily sightings of mesmerising Threshers we have so, so much more. Contact us now for our latest rates.
Like all diving we need to be mindful of currents, tides and weather but if you stay one week with us you can expect to sample all of the following.
Dive Monad Shoal
Monad shoal is a large sunken island which means we have over 10km of wall to dive between 20m and 120m. So we are still exploring some areas. Here’s a few of our current favorite spots for deep dives on Monad Shoal:
The traditional spot to see Thresher Sharks and Manta Rays at the north of the shoal never fails to offer a great dive no matter what depth you dive at. A nice ledge at 45m is full of sea fans and home to a giant school of vertical swimming shrimp fish, we often get surprised by a shark or a ray sneaking up on us while we enjoy this area. If you drop over the ledge you will find 2 small caves about 100m apart on the wall, one between 58-65m, and a deeper one between 70-80m. Not much penetration in them, but fun places to look around and find shrimp, crabs, and rare deep water gobies. Keep going down the wall to as much as 120m if you want a fantastic trimix wall dive. As you end your dive and ascend, expect to see large Pelagics during deco.
As the name implies this central dive site is home to a large school of Bannerfish that color the reef with their yellow, white and black stripes. Now also commonly dived to see Thresher Sharks, the deep boulders between 30-80m make an amazing topography for exploring, and whitetip sharks are common in this area. If you’re lucky you can also have close up encounter with the resident school of jacks which probably numbers up to 1000 individuals and generally hangs out at around 60m.
Named after one of our regular visitors and friends, Macklin’s Mound is a deep water pinnacle with it’s top at 45m descending down to 65m. Covered in undisturbed corals and marine life it is a beautiful site, which also happens to be a cleaning station for sharks and rays. Dive it at 5am and expect to be ducking from the multiple sharks as they approach at speed from all sides and above and below you. As you leave this site you can ascend past another cleaning station at 35m and then find your way to the main wall to finish up your deco on the top of the shoal at 12m and shallower.
The west side of Monad Shoal remains virtually undived by anyone other than Evolution, and we’d still like to explore there more. Our favorite site brings you to a large open cavern which opens at 45m and beckons you in. Although not going too far into the wall of Monad shoal the large opening can reveal sleeping whitetip sharks, and a host of other fish hiding in the darkened area. This side of Monad shoal is also a great spot to see eagle rays and marble rays, so don’t miss out when you make your trip here!
The beach from Evolution slopes gradually down to 35m, and then drops dramatically into the abyss between Malapascua and Monad Shoal. We are yet to determine the full length of this wall as we just don’t have enough hours in the day to dive it! So far we have three favorite spots that we like to visit, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy them too. This wall is just 800m from the diveshop, so quick and easy and even dive able if the conditions are rough.
One of the first spots we discovered is directly in front of the diveshop. Descending to the top of the reef at 38m you see a small cut in the wall, and as you descend over the edge of the wall you see the cut continues down the wall and opens up into what looks like a large wound…hence the name. A long thin opening from 50m at the top spreads down to 65m at the sand. Once you enter this cave you’ll see a few areas where you can explore further back into the darkness but so far we haven’t found any passages going very far. Every now and then a sea snake is sleeping on the bottom of this cave, and look out for the resident eagle rays which can be seen cleaning in pairs along the nearby sections of wall.
About 200m along the wall from The Gash is a shallower cave, quite small, but big enough for a large turtle! More than half the time we visit this divesite we bump into “Tiny” who is one of the largest turtles we’ve ever seen. Other than this friendly resident, you can expect to see schooling sardines, lots of nudibranchs, and quite possibly some sweetlips and angel fish who live in the area.
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