Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort | Dive Philippines

Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort | Dive Philippines

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Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort

(Far East - Philippines )

from: £1245 inc. flights*

*Based on Deluxe Room (B&B) 7nights, transfers, 6 dive package

  • Great for Threshers
  • Endless white beaches
  • 5 star PADI facility
  • Breathtaking Macro
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Malapascua Island has an impressive reputation for such a small location. Tucked away on the northern most point of Cebu itself, the endless white beaches and lush tropical groves of Malapascua are only a short 30 minute boat ride from Maya jetty, which itself is about 3 1/2 hours from the international airport. Step ashore and forget your everyday stresses and strains. Take in the crystal turquoise waters that surround the Exotic resort and relax into a slower pace of life. With everything you could ever need on site, your every whim is catered for. So splash in and see for yourself why divers come back year after year to the Exotic Resort.

The Exotic Resort is small and has not lost any of its charm as it has grown to provide an increasingly high standard and service. There are only 29 rooms on site, ranging from the simple standard rooms with private bathroom and balcony to the stunning super deluxe suites that can sleep up to 4 people in 2 rooms. Don't miss out on the spa which offers every kind of massage treatment. And the restaurant serves a mouth watering selection of dishes, lovingly prepared by the excellent chefs. Exotic Resort also boasts wifi internet and 24 hour power supply - both of which are hard to find on Malapascua!

The dive centre is a 5 star PADI facility that has been recognised for the outstanding levels of service and teaching they provide. Keen conservationists, they are also the proud recipients of an environmental achievement award from the Philippines government. Teaching all levels of diver - from day introductions to instructor courses - the dive team are experienced and passionate about sharing the beauty of Malapascua. Dive on the house reef or further afield from the comfort of any of their 5 boats, including the only speed boat in the region!

The diving in Malapascua is most famous for its thresher sharks. With their wealth of experience, the Exotic Resort has an exceptional track record at getting the best sightings of these elusive and shy sharks. See them even breech! Hammerheads also school at Monad Shoal, alongside manta to come in to be cleaned. This is not all Malapascua has to offer though. The macro life is brilliant and blue ringed octopus, Mandarin fish and frog fish live amongst the soft coral gardens. You can even find sea snakes or flamboyant cuttle fish! Every day brings a new adventure at the Exotic Resort and with this winning team to hand, you are guaranteed a trip of a lifetime.

Resort Facts

  • Rooms: 29
  • Fridge: Yes
  • Room safe: Yes
  • A/C: Yes
  • Pools: 0
  • Restaurants: 1

Dive Centre Facts

  • Dive Centre: On site
  • Dive Courses: PADI
  • House Reef: Yes
  • Boat Diving: Yes
  • Shore Diving: No
  • Nitrox: Yes
  • Tech Friendly: Yes

General Facts

  • Season: All year
  • Air Temp: 23 - 29 C
  • Water Temp: 27 - 29 C
  • Visibility: 15 - 30m
  • Airport: 150 Km

Malapascua is a tiny island in the Philippines with a big reputation that is all too well deserved. A diving holiday in Malapascua mixes up big fish sightings with macro and muck diving against a backdrop of flourishing soft corals. The star of the show are the thresher sharks. Normally shy and elusive, the Exotic Resort has a proven track record for getting you closer and witnessing behaviours seldom seen before! Hammerheads and manta can also be seen. When you are not looking for the big fish, spend an hour or two on one of the many gorgeous reef dives.

Exotic Resort are proud to have been the first centre on the island to regularly dive with Malapascua's famous thresher sharks. They have even created a specialty focusing purely on these beautiful sharks. The dive centre has been recognised for their conservation efforts by the government and given a prestigious award to mark their hard work. Exotic Resort are the island's only 5* PADI IDC centre as well as well as being a fully technical resort with nitrox on tap too. So no matter what level of diver training you need, the hard working team will take you through to certification with a smile along the way.

  • 5* PADI IDC centre
  • DSAT Technical training
  • Thresher Shark distinctive specialty
  • House reef
  • Fleet of bancas & speedboat

Most divers will take their first breaths underwater at Malapascua on the house reef. Here there is plenty of marine life, with a gently sloping seabed. Dotted around you will find jeeps and artificial reefs that only draw yet more fish in. Soft corals grow in abundance. Certified divers will then normally move onto boat diving, with Monad Schoal and the lure of the thresher sharks calling. There are 6 boats on the ever expanding fleet. These are a range of traditional and stable bancas and speedboats. Dive sites are on average under 50 minutes from the resort but there are special trips arranged to the more remote Calangaman Island or Nunez Shoal.

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Diving Rates & Prices

If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort.

Daily Diving

  • 1 days diving from: £35 (2 boat dives, 12ltr tanks and weights)
  • 3 days diving from: £106 (2 boat dives per day, 12ltr tanks and weights)
  • 5 days diving from: £177 (2 boat dives per day, 12ltr tanks and weights)

Scuba Diving Courses

  • PADI open water referral from: £(inc. full equipment hire, cert card)
  • PADI open water course from: £(inc. full equipment hire, manual. cert card)
  • PADI advanced course from: £(inc. full equipment hire, manual, cert card)
  • Nitrox Specialty from: £ (inc. manual and cert card)
  • Other courses available on request

Dive Equipment

  • Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): Price on request

These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.


January 2012

Amazing, excellent, fantastic!!! Malapascua is my idea of a desert island hideaway! Carol

January 2012

The package put together by yourselves was as usual excellent, thanks very much for your time and effort. The help received from Georgina in dealing with the \"cold water\" issue once we had arrived at Malapascua was prompt. The rest of the holiday; diving, food, accommodation, staff and location were amazing. All ready looking on the website for our next trip!!! Philip

May 2011

Just wanted to drop a quick note to say many thanks, everything was smooth as always, fantastic diving and amazing trip in general. Thanks again, Ed Poltavskis

March 2010

Another fantastic visit to Exotic. Is there anywhere else in the world where everything just comes together to make the perfect holiday. Good helpful friendly people , in the dive guides..and not forgetting the wonderful massages given by Wilma, a not to be missed experience.White beaches..hammocks what more could one want. Can`t wait to return for our third visit. Jen

April 2009

Spent a fantastic 4 nights at Exotic as part of our honeymoon - best stop of the trip! Excellent dive tuition from Zoe and Tim. We hope to return in the not too distant future. Lynn & Jonathan

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From time to time the resort and dive centre hosts a unique one off dive event. These will focus on a specific area of diving, covering a wide range of topics from underwater photography, technical diving, explore wrecks or conservation themed.

These special events are a brilliant way to learn from the accompanying experts (often a famous face!), improve your knowledge, develop new dive skills and of course, get to dive some of the most exciting destinations out there.

Make your next dive holiday that bit different!

We are also able to offer some discounts on specific dates if available - Those will show in red

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