Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort | Dive Philippines | Scuba Travel

Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort | Dive Philippines - Far East

  • 60 guests over 29 rooms
  • 6 room grades available
  • 1 Restaurant and Bar with Sea Views
  • Wide range of local and international dishes served in the Restaurant
  • Pioneering dive resort
  • Daily scheduled thresher shark dives
  • Daily reef dives and PADI courses available
  • Free Wi-Fi at the restaurant

Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort | Dive Philippines

Malapascua Island has an impressive reputation for such a small location. The diving in Malapascua is most famous for its thresher sharks, but it is also one of our staff favourites. Looking for laid back long haul diving at affordable prices? Then look no further! The experienced dive team have an impressive reputation for finding the sharks. Discover beautiful reef diving on the local sites or take a day trip to one of the picture perfect islands of Gato or Calanggaman. Step ashore and forget your everyday stresses and strains as the friendly staff welcome you to their slice of paradise. It's time to relax!

The Exotic Resort is Malapsacua's original dive centre resort, 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, and we recommend the deluxe rooms or an upgrade, with either 1 double or 2 twin beds. Super deluxe rooms are larger with two queen beds. The beachfront rooms are close to the action, whilst the deluxe and super deluxe rooms are set back from the main hotel buildings. All room grades have AC, mini bar, en suite and TV. Hot water in Malapascua can be provided by solar energy. Deluxe rooms grades upwards have a better supply to round the clock hot water.

Exotic resort has a beautiful beach front location. Step out of the dive centre and onto the white beach. The restaurant serves an mouth watering range of international and Asian dishes, so there is something for all tastes. The on site bakery means you really should leave room for desert. Breakfast is served buffet style. Book full board and you will receive a daily in resort credit allowance for lunch and dinner. Divers - make sure to stop for a massage to ease away those aches and pains before heading up to enjoy the sunset from the OneUp bar! So splash in and see for yourself why divers come back year after year to the Exotic Resort.

Tucked away on the northern most point of Cebu itself, the endless white beaches and lush tropical groves of Malapascua are only a short 40 minute boat ride from Maya jetty, which itself is about 3 1/2 hours from the international airport.

Delxue room

The spacious 21-sq-metre room comes with a twin single/double bed (subject to availability), with an individual controlled air condition, a fully stocked Mini bar that offers you snacks and drinks for refreshment while watching satellite cable TV, shower and with sliding doors that open onto a private balcony to enjoy the overlooking of the lush tropical flowers and garden.

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Super deluxe room

The spacious 26-sq-metre room elegantly designed with a comfortable 2 queen sized bed, with an individual controlled air condition, a fully stocked mini bar that offers you snacks and drinks for refreshment while watching satellite cable TV, hot and cold shower and with sliding doors open onto a private balcony to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

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Standard Room with Aircon

The spacious 13-sq-metre room offers twin single, with an individual controlled air condition with an extended private balcony. It's located near the beachfront, restaurant and bar.

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New One Up Bar

Beautiful view, great music, nice vibe, wide selection of drinks and snacks - there is no better place to hangout after a hard day of scuba diving, snorkeling or browsing around Malapascua. We invite all of you to chill out with your friends, socialize with other travelers or just simply relax in the cool breeze at One Up Bar - see you there!

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We have 6 room grades. †-Standard ( 2 rooms ) †-Superior ( 7 rooms ) †-Deluxe ( 8 rooms ) †-Super Deluxe ( 8 rooms ) †-Suite ( 2 rooms ) †-Beachfront Deluxe ( 2 rooms )

Covid Information for Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY MALAPASCUA EXOTIC RESORT

Last Updated: 10th Feb 2022

COVID-19 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY PLAN AND SYMPTOMATIC GUEST MANAGEMENT
Following the instructions of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Tourism (DOT), Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort is implementing new health protocols. The Protocol includes the development of an Action Plan and the development of a Suspected Case Management Plan. The aim of the Action Plan is to prevent the occurrence and effective management of suspicious cases in order to limit the exposure of staff and guests, always in accordance with the current guidelines of the Department of Health. The Action Plan complies with the recommendations of the Department of Health and will be revised according to the developments. The measures described in the Action Plan and the Suspected Case Management Plan are meant to protect our staff and guests and to outline the necessary measures to prevent and protect against COVID-19 disease.

These measures include:
Individual Hygiene Measures & Personal Protective Equipment
The management has taken measures to implement good personal hygiene practices in the workplace and oversees their continued implementation

Specifically: Staff and third parties are informed and encouraged to comply with good personal and respiratory hygiene practices (hand washing, cleaning, nose and mouth covering during coughing or sneezing, etc.).
Appropriate facilities and required materials have been provided to employees and appropriate mechanisms for hand sanitization have been installed at the entrances / exits and in the common areas of the resort.
Staff have been supplied with the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), in accordance with the special instructions of the DOH & DOT.
The adequacy of PPE stocks is regularly supervised.
Staff have been trained how to safely use their Personal Protective Equipment and their proper use is being supervised.
Third parties entering the hotel being supervised and informed to exercise social distancing and to use Personal Protective Equipment.
A program of rolling staff arrivals and departures has been implemented to avoid congestion and to ensure social distancing.
Staff have been informed and trained on the COVID-19 suspected case management plan.
Staff have been informed and trained on specific cleaning instructions in the event of a suspected COVID-19 case.

Specifically:
The person is asked to remain in their room with the door closed.
Is immediately given a simple surgical mask and tissues.
If a companion wishes to stay close, a simple surgical mask is provided to them and a recommendation is made to wash hands meticulously after each contact and not to touch their face.
It is forbidden for staff members to enter the room and only one member of the staff deals with the guest's requests.
Used personal protective equipment is discarded in a sealed bags immediately.
After the disposal of the protective equipment, hands are meticulously washed.

Accommodation File & Event Book
For purposes of public health protection, we keep a record of staff members and all guests staying at the resort (name, nationality, date of arrival and departure, contact details such as address, telephone, e-mail), so that it is possible to track all the people who came in close contact with an identified COVID-19 case.
All General Data Protection Regulations are adhered to and all guests and staff are informed that records are kept for the protection of public health.
The hotel records and updates an Event log book COVID-19.

Staff
Each member of the hotel staff strictly adheres to the basic protection measures against COVID-19. In particular, employees practice the following personal and respiratory hygiene practices:
Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 40 seconds, before and after
contact with money (gloves needed) or guests' items, before eating, before and after work breaks, after a visit to the toilet and careful hand drying with disposable paper towels and disposal in bins.
Covering nose and mouth during coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the inner part of the elbow.
Disposal of paper towels or other personal hygiene items used to disinfect work surfaces in a closed bin.
Avoiding shaking hands and close physical contact, keeping a distance of at least two meters from colleagues, guests or third parties in all workplaces, hotel rooms and rest areas.
Avoiding touching the front of the mask or face shield.
Avoiding touching of face with hands.
Informing the management team and associated health officials in case of: illness or symptoms relating to COVID-19 infection or contact with a possible or confirmed case.
Staying at home in case of illness and informing the resort and associated health authorities.
Returning to the workplace only if the laboratory test is negative and after 14 days after close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Reception
Exotics staff takes the necessary hygiene measures, keeps a distance of at least 1.5 meters from the customers and adheres to the following hygiene rules:
When requested, Exotic: informs visitors about the accommodation policy and the measures taken to deal with any incidents.
provides useful information about health providers, public and private hospitals, COVID-19 reference hospitals and pharmacies in the area.
Provision of special equipment (medical kit) in the event of a COVID-19 case, such as gloves and disposable masks, antiseptics, cleaning wipes, apron, long-sleeved robe, laser thermometer.
Training of staff to recognize guest symptoms and report them directly to the management.
Provision of hand sanitizer.
Regular disinfection of the reception surfaces.
Appropriate configuration of the reception, installation of floor markings at a distance of two meters indicating where guests should stand.
Implementation of electronic check in / check out procedures to reduce waiting time and overcrowding. Credit cards are deposited in a special box for use by the receptionist and antiseptic is provided for disinfection after use.
Accommodation expenses are paid electronically and bills, invoices and receipts are sent by email.
Disinfection of keys.
During the time between each check-in and check-out between different guests the room is cleaned, thoroughly disinfected and adequate natural ventilation of the space follows.
Non-residents are forbidden from entering the rooms.
Health Declaration Form will be filled out by each guest:
Record and analyze from countries that have reported confirmed cases of the current disease.
Complete confidentiality is given to each guest.
Any persons showing symptoms are required to notify BHERT.

Housekeeping
The housekeeping staff uses simple surgical masks, gloves and disposable waterproof robes.
Once the Personal Protective Equipment has been removed and disposed of in a closed
bin, hands are thoroughly washed with soap and water.
All hard surfaces are cleaned and disinfected with disposable cloths / fabrics or cleaning paper and sponges with detachable heads.
Discarded equipment is treated as a contagious contaminant and discarded in sealed bags.
Housekeeping services are being strengthened in all public areas, especially in "high risk" facilities.
Thorough cleaning and good room ventilation is applied during the period between stays.
The proper operation of dishwashers and washing machines in terms of the temperature used and the dosage of detergents is regularly monitored.
When using disinfectants, the space is well ventilated. Splashing and spraying during cleaning and disinfection is avoided.

In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case:
All surfaces and objects that may have been contaminated are washed and disinfected according to the above instructions.
Housekeeping staff uses a surgical mask, face shield and gloves .
Touching of the face with hands is avoided.
After the protective equipment has been removed, it is properly disposed of and hands are thoroughly washed with soap and water.
Discreet monitoring of guest symptoms.
Housekeeping services will not be provided during a guest's stay unless otherwise indicated by the guest during the pre-registration process or check in. Should these services be requested, guests are informed that they must leave the room before the housekeeping staff can enter in order to avoid overcrowding. Turn down service is provided only under special circumstances and after a formal request at the reception.

For departures, 2 protocols apply:
Normal cleaning and waiting 24 hours before the room is available to a guest or Meticulous cleaning - disinfection of the rooms and bathrooms for same day use.
TV and air conditioner remote controls are disinfected after use.
Fabric surfaces are cleaned with with appropriate detergents and temperatures.
Doors and windows are opened daily for natural ventilation of spaces.
Sanitization packs have been placed in all rooms.

Kitchen
All kitchen staff are required to strictly adhere to DOT, DOH and resort rules.
Goods are received by a specific member of staff who is always required to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.
Implementation FIFO procedure (first in - first out).
Kitchen staff are required to keep distances according to the guidelines set by the health authorities.
Unauthorized personnel is prohibited from entering the kitchen.

Restaurant
Restaurant staff are taking all the necessary hygiene and social distancing measures.
Commonly used multi-purpose items have been removed.
The maximum number of customers allowed in the restaurant is defined by the ratio of 50% of total seating capacity.
The minimum distances between the tables have been applied depending on the layout of the seats.

Common Areas
Common areas include the reception area, seating area, outdoor seating, dive centre and classrooms and the following measures apply:
Common areas are well ventilated. Hand sanitizers have been installed in all common areas of the resort.
Signs have been installed to remind customers to practice social distancing.
Furniture has been removed to avoid overcrowding in public areas.
Multiple-use objects have been removed.
All surfaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected.
Overcrowding in toilets in public toilets is prohibited.

Air Conditioning & Ventilation
Air re-circulation is avoided.
All outdoor areas are adequately ventilated.
The replacement of filters for Air Conditioning Units will be done according to the maintenance schedule taking all protective measures.
Air Conditioned rooms will be kept at a consistent temperature of 25 degrees Celsius.

Environmental Measures
All workplaces are adequately ventilated and air conditioning systems are regularly maintained.
All workplace surfaces, common areas and equipment are regularly cleaned.
In the event of a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19 infection, all areas will be disinfected according to the instructions of the Department of Health.
Covered waste bins have been installed, where all disposable Personal Protective Equipment or other means used to disinfect work surfaces can be disposed of immediately after use.
Work clothes and Personal Protective Equipment are frequently cleaned and safely stored.

COVID-19 SUSPECTED CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN
If a guest shows symptoms relating to COVID-19, the following procedure is followed:
The hotel's health manager will contact the local Barangay Health Emergency Response
Team (BHERT) who will be in direct contact with a Municipal Health Office official.
If necessary, the suspected case will be transferred to the nearest testing facility and a COVID-19 test will be performed.
The guest will be asked to remain in their room with the door closed, until the lab results are returned.
Patients who show symptoms of respiratory infection, will receive a simple surgical mask and tissues immediately.
All surfaces and equipment that have come into contact with a patient are thoroughly cleaned.
If the patient has a companion who wishes to stay and take care of them, they will be given a simple surgical mask and be advised to wash their hands every time they come in contact with the patient.
Members of staff are advised to avoid entering the patient's room unless absolutely necessary, in which case a member of staff will be selected to deal exclusively with the patient.
Used protective equipment is discarded in a covered waste bin and is not reused.
After discarding the protective equipment, staff are required to wash their hands thoroughly.
If the COVID-19 test returns positive, the case will be reported to the Department of Health who will then provide further instructions.
Staff shall not employ any discriminatory actions against sick guests.
Full New Normal report on number of guests who are ill and their respective transport facility.

If an employee exhibits symptom relating to COVID-19, the following procedure is followed:
The hotel's health manager will contact the local Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) who will be in direct contact with a Municipal Health Office official.
The member of staff will be asked to remain in their home in isolation, until the lab results are returned.
Patients who show symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, sneezing, runny nose), will receive a simple surgical mask and tissues immediately.
All surfaces and equipment that have come into contact with a patient are thoroughly cleaned.
If the COVID-19 test returns positive, the case will be reported to the Department of Health, who will then provide further instructions.
An investigation is then carried out to determine the possible exposure of other employees or guests, who will then be asked to follow the instructions of Department of Health and Department of Tourism.
Staff shall not employ any discriminatory actions against other sick employees.
Full New Normal report on number of staff who are ill and their respective transport facility.

Cleaning & Disinfecting a Patient Room
All surfaces that have come into contact with a patient are thoroughly cleaned.
Housekeeping staff are required to use a simple surgical mask, gloves and a disposable waterproof robe.
After removing their gloves, staff are required to wash their hands thoroughly.
Fabrics are cleaned with the appropriate detergents and temperatures.


Country Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here

From 10 February 2022, fully vaccinated British passport holders are permitted to enter the Philippines. You will be permitted to enter the country visa free for an initial period of 30 days and will not be required to undergo facility-based quarantine providing you meet the following requirements:
Six months validity on your passport and holding return or onward tickets
Proof of vaccination status
present either a negative RT-PCR test taken within forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines; or a negative laboratory based Antigen Test taken within twenty-four (24) hours.
Obtain, prior to arrival, travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs with a minimum coverage of USD 35,000 for the duration of your stay in the Philippines

have registered for a Bureau of Quarantine One Health Pass prior to your arrival. You will receive a unique QR code which you will need to present to your airline prior to boarding and on arrival at your airport in the Philippines

Fully Vaccinated travelers do not need a Test for domestic flights

The Philippines will accept the UKís proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record.

You are no longer required to observe facility-based quarantine but must self-monitor for any COVID symptoms for seven days from your date of arrival in the Philippines.

From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
do not need to quarantine when you arrive
This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

It includes people who are transiting through England.
Updated 7APR 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

The Philippines is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK. Although composed of 7,107 islands (7,108 at low tide), with a total coastline longer than that of the USA, most of the population of the Philippines lives on just 11 islands. Most travellers will enter the Philippines through Manila (MNL) or Cebu (CEB) airports. The reefs are spectacular in the Philippines, with plenty of fish list buzzing around. Moalboal, Bohol and Puerto Galera are all super locations for reef divers. Snorkel with whalesharks in Oslob. Thresher sharks have made Malapascua famous whilst Sangat is wreck heaven. Love macro? Make a beeline for Anilao or Dumaguete. The selection of critters rivals anything you could find in Indonesia.

Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here

From 10 February 2022, fully vaccinated British passport holders are permitted to enter the Philippines. You will be permitted to enter the country visa free for an initial period of 30 days and will not be required to undergo facility-based quarantine providing you meet the following requirements:
Six months validity on your passport and holding return or onward tickets
Proof of vaccination status
present either a negative RT-PCR test taken within forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines; or a negative laboratory based Antigen Test taken within twenty-four (24) hours.
Obtain, prior to arrival, travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs with a minimum coverage of USD 35,000 for the duration of your stay in the Philippines

have registered for a Bureau of Quarantine One Health Pass prior to your arrival. You will receive a unique QR code which you will need to present to your airline prior to boarding and on arrival at your airport in the Philippines

Fully Vaccinated travelers do not need a Test for domestic flights

The Philippines will accept the UKís proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record.

You are no longer required to observe facility-based quarantine but must self-monitor for any COVID symptoms for seven days from your date of arrival in the Philippines.

From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
do not need to quarantine when you arrive
This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

It includes people who are transiting through England.
Updated 7APR 2022

Weather and Climate

The dry season in the Philippines runs from December to April, making it a popular time for divers. May and November are transitional months with air temperatures climbing. June to September is the wet season, as the weather becomes stormier. The Philippines dive resorts are typically well sheltered from the worst, but you can expect to experience rain showers.

Travel

Flight options

Our holidays to the Philippines can be quoted with most major airlines. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for the Philippines include Cathay Pacific, Singapore airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Malaysian, KLM and Etiad. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to the Philippines, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

With a huge range of airlines to fly with, you can easily build in a stop over either on your way to or on your way back from the Philippines. Simply talk to your travel consultant about adding a stop over into your itinerary.

Arrange before you go

Regular Entry Requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Your covid proof of vaccination must match your passport name and flight ticket name. Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on updating your NHS details or for other travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will also be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in your Philippines destination, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

If you have a hotel en route please follow any specific instructions in your travel documents. Where possible, you will be met by a representative who will assist in taking you to your hotel. If using a shuttle service, please arrange your return shuttle time back to the airport at the hotel check in. Domestic flights are common in the Philippines and run frequently. Manila airport is a large airport with several terminals. If you have to move between terminals, please allow between 30 and 60mins to allow for local traffic. Please ensure you leave plenty of time for check in or transit between flights (usually 4 hours min). Domestic flights can typically only be booked with a 20kgs hold allowance as standard. Excess baggage costs around $2-$5 per kg per way. Hand baggage limits can be strictly enforced on domestic flights. Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. On leaving the Philippines there is an airport tax of 750 PHP which must be paid in cash.

Info

Tipping

Please ask for a quote to add international flights from the UK to your holiday. We can book most major scheduled airlines including regional UK departure points

Currency

The peso is the national currency however in resort, US Dollars, Euros, peso (local currency), Visa and MasterCard can all be used. Please be aware you may be charged a surcharge to pay by card transactions. USD notes should be in smaller denominations, new and in good condition.

Phone coverage

Phone coverage is generally very good around this area - please check with your phone provider about any applicable charges for the Philippines

Plugs and electricity

All rooms are fitted with two round pin sockets (European standard) and the electricity is 220v

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally

Extras

PADI dive courses can be arranged - please ask for more information about pre-booking

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

Nitrox/Gas

Available

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Malapascua is £500-£800 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. If you would like a pay by link to complete check out via email please let us know and it can be set up for you. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 3% surcharge. We do not take AMEX. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions or personal cheques.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our loyalty discount is all about! If you have booked directly with Scuba Travel, on your 3rd full price holiday you will automatically be eligible for a loyalty discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction. We are always happy to offer discounts as described below but these are not cumulative and we do not offer further discounts on special offer prices.

5% off for loyalty customers
Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

Your holiday includes international flights from the UK, airport transfers, 7 nights deluxe room (full board, 2 people sharing). Full board works on a tab system. Breakfast is buffet style. You then have 1350PHP to cover lunch, dinner and soft drinks.
As standard 10 boat AIR dives are prebooked - please ask to prepay for additional dives or nitrox
A return transfer from Cebu airport to the resort is included

Excluded

Any additional services in resort (spa, land tours, additional dives, kit hire, private guides, nitrox and special trips) are paid for in resort. Alcohol and some soft drinks are an extra charge. Local park fees 150PHP per day can only be paid in peso

Special day trips, night dives, kit rental and any applicable nitrox or local park fees are paid locally.

Please ask for a quote to add international flights from the UK to your holiday. We can book most major scheduled airlines including regional UK departure points

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.


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 at Monad Shoal. Normally shy and elusive, the Exotic Resort has a proven track record for getting you closer and witnessing behaviours seldom seen before! When you are not looking for the big fish, spend an hour or two on one of the many gorgeous reef dives. The macro is impressive and particularly good for nudibranchs in all colours, schooling cat fish, pygmy sea horses and even frogfish

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
  • Dailiy trips to Monad Shoal Thresher Shark distinctive specialty
  • Super range of macro life on soft coral bommies and walls
  • Incredible night dive packed with critters and beasties on the house reef
  • 2 and 3 dive trips to Gato and Calanggaman islands
  • Fleet of bancas & speedboat
  • Sidemount Diving available

Most divers will take their first breaths underwater at Malapascua on on of the nearby local reefs - North Point, Dakit Dakit, Buntong Bato. There is plenty of marine life, with a gently sloping seabed. Soft corals grow in abundance. Start your day 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, Gato Island and Chocolate island.

House Reef

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 10 | Max Depth: 15

Exoticís own protected area where the fish are plentiful, House Reef is not to be missed. Starting at 5 meters and gently sloping to 13, itís a great place to work out the kinks after some time out of the water. Amongst the scattered coral and patches of sea grass, a wide variety of fish and macro life can be found. Artificial structures are everywhere, including coral encrusted jeepneys, large concrete and wire structures and a few old boats. This is an excellent night dive. In February 2008 Exotic House Reef received the Environmental Achievement Award issued from Project Aware.

Lighthouse Reef

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 5-10 | Max Depth: 15

This site is ideal to see the beautiful mating dance of Mandarin Fish. The best sights tend to be around the full moon, but the can been seen every night. Blue Ringed Octopus and sea horses can be found on the surrounding reef. This sloping coral garden a perfect to end the day with an incredible night dive.

Chocolate Island

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 6-12 | Max Depth: 20

A small island situated between Malapascua and Cebu, this site is a gentle relaxing dive. The undulating island walls gently taper towards a sandy bottom, elephant ears, barrel sponges, sea fans and soft corals cover the sloping reef creating an ideal habitat for nudibranch, sea horses, Spanish dancers and hairy frogfish, a nice gentle dive suitable for all levels of divers and a most for photographers.

Bugtong Bato

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 30

A gently sloping reef from 8-12mts leads to a small wall dropping to 20mts where once more sloping reef continues to 30mts where a sandy bottom stretches outward. A wide variety of macro life can be found here including sea horses, frog fish and nudibranchs; a great dive for any level of diver and photographers.

North Point

Skill level: Guided | Ave Depth: 5-10 | Max Depth: 15

The currents that wash this site creates a perfect habitat for soft corals, which grow in an abundance creating a colourful garden. Stunning rock formations and canyons create ideal hiding places for scorpion fish, frogfish and lionfish. Sea horses, nudibranches and flat worms can also been seen nestling within the coral branches. An interesting dive to suit all levels of divers.

Gato Island

Skill level: Guided | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 25

Gato Island is a protected marine sanctuary. An almost guaranteed site to encounter sleeping sharks and sea snakes. Spectacular coloured soft corals cover this undulating dive site sheltering frogfishes, sea horses and nudibranchs. The area offers a great opportunity for both macro and big fishes. Advanced divers can dive the tunnel that runs beneath the island and where you can find sleeping white tip sharks.

Calanggaman Island

Skill level: Guided | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 30+

Calangaman Island is a small remote white-beached paradise. The southern section offers sloping reef walls covered with soft and hard corals, the northern sites offer spectacular wall dives encrusted with black corals, 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 great two-dive day trip is the way to enjoy this site. This is a special trip arranged locally.

Small Beach

Skill level: All levels | Ave Depth: 8 | Max Depth: 15m

Small island formations make up Dakit Dakit. some are below the surface where others can be seen from above. Stronger currents feeding a stunning coral garden and making a home for Nudibranchs, flatworls, pipefish and seashorses. A real Macro enthusiasts playground.

Monad Shoal

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 24 | Max Depth: 40

Monad is a massive pinnacle coming up from great depths up to 20. Here there is a good opportunity to see thresher sharks all year. The sharks visit the cleaning stations found on edge of the drop off at around 24 mt. Depending on the season you may also see manta and devil. The thresher encounter are normally between 22 and 27 meters making Monad Shoal a site suitable for Advanced divers only.

North Rock

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15-20 | Max Depth: 25

Situated off the northern tip of Malapascua this dive site offers a little of everything. Subject to strong currents a luscious soft coral garden thrives here, creating an ideal home for an array of different marine life. A small coral encrusted wall starts at 16 meters and drops down to 24 meters creating shelter for a variety of nudibranch species, flatworms and lion fish. A great dive for underwater photography.

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A single Restaurant and Bar offering amazing dishes and unique cocktails. Relax in the Coffee Corner or enjoy homemade pies and breads from the Bakery

The Resaurant

An extensive range of incredible local Philippine and International dishes. A famous breakfast menu offering homemade pancakes, croissants available all day.

The Bar

The first draft beer on Malapascua, served alongside special cocktails, fruit shakes and other beers and spirits. Happy Hour from 5 - 7pm!

Coffee Corner

Treat yourself to a fresh cappuccino, latte or even and iced coffee whilst chilling out in front of the stunning sea views.