Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort | Dive Philippines | Scuba Travel

Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort | Dive Philippines - Far East

  • Guests 60 (29 rooms)
  • Rooms Chose your perfect room grade
  • Restaurants On site serving a wide range of tasty international, Asian and European dishes
  • Food and Drinks Happy hour in the OneUp bar with sea views
  • FacilitiesThe pioneer dive resort on Malapascua
  • Diving Daily scheduled thresher shark dives plus several reef diving options plus a night dive!
  • Diving Extras Kit hire and PADI dive centre
  • Internet Access Free Wi-Fi at the restaurant

About Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort

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 as standard, 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.

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.

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.

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!

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

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2019-12-11 10:02:11

The resort was well organised and the staff were a delight. The beach in front of the resort is kept clean and wonderful for the kids to play on, as well snorkel and swim. Water shoes would be helpful as there are sea urchins further out! The food at the restaurant is excellent and well-priced - we ate elsewhere and realised it wasn't worth it. The dive team are great and the guides know the sites well and make it enjoyable too. We would definitely return! The diving with thresher sharks was unforgettable


2019-07-06 12:04:19

Great clean friendly hotel and very low cost. Great base for Thresher Shark diving trips. Food menu as extensive and plentiful. a good mixture of European ands Asian. Staff are friendly and fun. Nothing was too much trouble and always with a smile. I highly recommend this hotel for a great low budget trip.


2019-06-14 20:21:46

I had a wonderful time at this resort. I had a beachfront room with a beautiful view of the sea. The hotel room was simple but nice and quite spacious. The hotel and restaurant staff were all friendly and helpful. The restaurant menu has a wide range of food including Filipino, Malaysian, British, Dutch and Italian dishes. Everything I had to eat was delicious and I was often spoilt for choice. The real standout is the dive shop. This is one of the best places I have ever been diving. The dive sites are some of the most beautiful Iíve ever visited and the island is known for its thresher sharks but I also saw white tips. The coral gardens are gorgeous and I saw something interesting and new on every dive. The dive shop staff are all friendly and extremely knowledgeable. The dive groups were small and for most dives it was just myself and the divemaster so I was able to go at my own pace and do exactly as I wanted on every dive. I didnít request one to one dives but Exotic keeps all


2018-01-16 09:09:11

The Centre has a new diving manager - Troy he is very friendly. The staff cannot do enough to help. Just back from 13th Dive since arriving - night dive with loads of exotic Nudibranch to do Macro on. Centre can easily cater for dins. Also running Sidemount courses now. Air dryer on Camera bench. Great bar and the best menu for food (at a very reasonable price) we have ever come across. Do bring a rain Mac and even a beanie hat for the rough boat rides. It can get choppy but the guys are great helping Beverley in and out. Thresher sharks seen on every dawn dive this week plus a Whaleshark sighting.


2017-12-05 10:35:15

Just returned from an excellent week at Exotic Beach Resort.Thank you for finding this holiday for us.It was well worth the 24+ hours travelling at each end.†The service was excellent from the airport to the resort and both at the resort and the dive centre.We had a great time.

Sara and Stuart

2017-10-31 13:35:02

This place is fantastic. You need to send more people. I had a big wish list which included, Thresher sharks, mandarin fish, pygmy seahorses. I then added the bob tail squid after speaking to Jim at your office. I am pleased to report we are in day 2 and we have seen all of them and more. The staff are great and this is as close to paradise I have been.


2017-03-15 11:42:01

Diving was excellent owing to a well organised Dive Guide team, good facilities and 5:1 ratio of divers to Dive guides who knew where all the excellent sites with innumerable small creatures and corals to see. Rooms were basic but ample, air conditioning was welcomed and efficient and the food was excellent from a wide choice in a huge menu. Staff were wonderful, sense of humour, friendly, extremely good at their job and attentive to guests.


2017-03-12 10:27:05

Brilliant place, lovely staff , great food , cocktails and excellent diving. Diving with the Thresher sharks even though you have to get up at 4.30am is amazing. Rooms fine , services every day . Beautiful beach outside with white sand and clear blue water. The people on the island are very friendly too.


2017-02-14 14:15:15

A great trip with excellent organisation from the dive centre to overcome weather problems. The resort staff were very friendly, the rooms were large, clean and well equipped and the restaurant offered a wide range of excellent food and drink. Beach location beautiful. The staff in on-site dive centre were friendly and helpful and happy to juggle dive-sites to give me the most variety. Naturally the Thresher sharks were the high spot and I was lucky to see them on 6/6 dives. However, the other dives were also very good with small sharks, sea snakes, glittering shoals of mouth mackerel and enough macro life to please any photographer.† Highly Recommended


2017-02-14 11:42:01

The beachfront resort is welcoming and the rooms are large, clean and well equipped. The restaurant offers a wide range of food and drink but its worth checking how half-board works. It's either just breakfast and dinner or a set expenditure which can include drinks. The onsite dive centre is well run and offers a wide variety of dives, including of course the spectacular thresher sharks. I pre-booked 20 dives but ended up doing 30 as the macro diving was so good and the guides were spotting things I had not seen after nearly 5000 dives. For variety, there are a large number of restaurant/bars along the beach and for cheap snacks and drinks it's worth venturing into the 'village' behind the beach.


2017-02-14 10:35:15

The trip was amazing, truly enjoyed our time in Indonesia. We will definitely consider going back, besides the weather we still got to do loads of diving and make it worth our while. I can't thank you enough for helping arrange the holiday


2017-02-09 14:26:53

If you don't know the meaning of hospitality. Try Exotic Dive Beach Resort. 2 thumbs up. I got a lot of tie-ups, however, they standout!... You will surely love to come back. Aside from the beautiful Island.

Happy Customer

2017-02-09 11:48:53

The first and largest diving resort on Malapascua Island really lives up to its reputation! Dive instructors and guides are really professional. Staffs at the restaurant are friendly and cheerful. Wide array of choices in the food and drink menu. Room is comfy and spacious, satellite tv programmes are available if you just want to chill in your room. The resort is facing east and great to take photos of sunrise if you are not doing the thresher shark dive. I will definitely choose this resort if I go back to Malapascua Island again.


2012-01-23 15:16:32

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


2012-01-23 15:15:52

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!!!

Ed Poltavskis

2011-05-03 09:18:58

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,


2010-03-11 10:35:54

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.

Lynn & Jonathan

2009-04-07 10:35:15

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.

Frequently Asked Questions


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.

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.


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.


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. 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


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


Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly


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.


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


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.


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.


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.



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


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


Hire equipment

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


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


The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site




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. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

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


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


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


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.

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