The thresher sharks of Malapascua

The only place in the world you can see them up close and personal every day!

Malapascua Island is the only place in the world where you can dive with thresher sharks every day. It is a small island with few tourists but it is gaining fame. Malapascua’s thresher sharks have been featured many times on TV including on National Geographic, Monty Halls’ Animal Planet, the BBC, Shark Gordon and in many diving magazines worldwide. Thresher Shark Divers is the premier award winning PADI diving facility on Malapascua Island and can arrange your trip of a lifetime!

Thresher shark, Malapascua

Why are the sharks in Malapascua and nowhere else?

Thresher sharks are usually a deep water shark, but Monad Shoal is home to many cleaning stations. In the early morning, the sharks come up to shallow water for a scrub! Whitetip sharks and devil rays are common visitors, and hammerheads, grey reef sharks and mantas can sometimes be seen. 

Why Malapascua in particular? No-one really knows, but we aren’t complaining! Thresher Sharks are shy, retiring sharks and searching for them on Monad Shoal is akin to going on safari. As you ‘stalk’ them over the reef, the sense of anticipation grows and grows, until finally, one of these magnificent creatures swims lazily out of the ‘mists’ in your direction, huge eyes coming towards you and tail extending forever behind it. You gasp, your heart skips a beat or two, and without realizing it your breathing stops as you gaze in awe at this magnificent creature.

Dive Center

If you want to dive on Malapascua Island, the award-winning Thresher Shark Divers is the place to go. As their name suggests, their focus is thresher sharks!!! Finding you sharks is the reason for their existence! They can arrange a complete package including resort, airport pickup and of course, shark diving! Aside from the thresher sharks, there is a lot of good diving in Malapascua. Whitetip sharks are almost guaranteed at Gato Island. Hammerhead sightings are less frequent now but still possible. There are several smaller reef sharks including a resident population of blacktips just off the beach at TSD’s preferred resort, Tepanee. And the diversity of marine life is incredible with reef, walls, wrecks, macro, muck dives and much more. 

Thresher Shark Divers offers a unique PADI Thresher Shark DIver Specialty Course. This was written by TSD’s owner, Andrea, in conjunction with PADI. It is the only place in the world where you can do this course.

Thresher Shark Malapascua

When to come

Malapascua’s thresher sharks can be seen year round and diving is possible throughout the year. If you have read that sightings are fewer in January and February, that has not been the case for over a decade, and they are evenly seen year round. Also, although it is not a hard and fast rule, there are less sharks around full moon. The sharks seem to be there every day, though they are not always seen by every group. But TSD has about a 90% hit rate, sometimes seeing ten or more on a dive and close up experiences. But to make sure you do not miss them, particularly if you are after that ultimate shark photograph or video, you should plan a few days at least, preferably longer.

Where is Malapascua?

Malapascua Island is located in the central area of the Philippines.It is easily accessible if you fly to Cebu-Mactan International airport – many international airlines have direct flights from countries including Singapore, Hong Kong, Qatar, Emirates, Japan, and Korea. Another option is to fly into Manila and get one of the many daily internal flights to Cebu. You can contact us for more details.