The island nation of Indonesia straddles the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and lies at the heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’ - the epicentre of the world’s marine biodiversity. Nowhere on ...
The pioneering dive resort on the island and the first to discover the now legendary thresher sharks, the resort offers unparalleled local knowledge. With a relaxing resort environment, comfortable rooms, fantastic food and on-site spa, as well as daily thresher shark dives, guests can be sure they are getting the best possible experience.
Having been the first to discover the thresher sharks, and recognising Malapascua’s enormous potential as a diving destination, owner Dik de Boer and his wife Cora created Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort in 1997. Since then, the once small dive centre has now grown into a full resort experience, boasting an increasingly high standard of service without losing any of its laid-back charm. An exotic rooftop spa, renowned restaurant and sea-view bar are just a few of the luxuries on offer.
Year-round thresher shark sightings are Malapascua’s main draw for many divers, but other attractions such as an abundance of macro critters, sea snakes, mating mandarin fish and even a wreck mean this resort can cater to everyone. With over 20-years experience of diving on Malapascua, guests can be sure they are getting the best possible experience.
Set back from the main hotel buildings in peaceful tropical gardens, the Super Deluxe rooms offer spacious and elegant living with 2 queen beds. The private balcony, accessed through a sliding door, is equipped with a table and chairs and provides a pleasant relaxing area. Each room is fitted with hot water showers, air-con, mini-bar and satellite tv. Super Deluxe rooms can accommodate a maximum of 4 people.
Also located away from the main hotel building, the Deluxe rooms offer extra privacy and seclusion and can be taken with either a double or two single beds. The balcony with table and chairs overlooks lush tropical flowers and provides a great space to unwind. Each room is fitted with hot water showers, air-con, mini-bar and satellite tv. Deluxe rooms can accommodate a maximum of 2 people.
Located close to the beachfront, restaurant and bar, these modest rooms include an extended private balcony, air-con and two single beds, accommodating a maximum of 2 people.
The GoPro Lodge, built in 2010, is designed for use by divemaster and IDC candidates, offering quality, on-site accommodation at a great price. These rooms are modestly furnished, have a shared bathroom and are located just a 2-minute walk to the dive shop, classroom and beach.
Malapascua Exotic’s highly acclaimed international restaurant offers a range of dishes, from local Philippine specialities to international favourites while the wide breakfast menu includes fresh, homemade pancakes and croissants. The sea-view bar serves exotic cocktails, fruit shakes, draft beer and more, providing the ideal place to relax. Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort also has a Café boasting the freshest brewed coffee on the island with views of the beach, as well as a bakery preparing homemade pies, fresh bread and cakes.
The resorts newly-refurbished rooftop spa aims to balance mind, body and spirit through holistic healing, with professional masseurs trained in reflexology, Thai massage, Swedish, shiatsu and aromatherapy. A beautiful beach garden equipped with hammocks allows guests to enjoy the palm-fringed sandy beach in luxury. Additional facilities include free wifi, convenience store, 24-hour guards, laundry service and a safety deposit box at reception. Transfers can be arranged with air-conditioned cars and vans.
As the first dive centre on the island, Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort provides unrivalled local knowledge and exceptional service. Boasting the largest fleet of boats on the island, including 4 traditional Banca boats, the resort offers guests a choice of 1-dive, 2-dive or 3-dive boat trips, exploring all of the local dive sites. There is no set dive schedule but daily thresher shark dives are provided. 3-dive trips and dive safaris to remote locations such as Camotes Island and Maripipipi Island can be pre-arranged or organised from the dive centre a few days in advance.
The dive centre incorporates a newly constructed multimedia conference and training room accommodates 20-30 people and is equipped with internet and large flat-screen tv. Other facilities and services on offer include nitrox, wreck and night dives, small dive groups and rentable underwater digital cameras. 12-litre aluminium tanks with yoke valves are used at Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort, with limited DIN tanks and DIN adapters available – guests are advised to notify in advance if DIN connections will be required. Since 2001, this resort has been cultivating its own house reef from man-made objects, creating a space where fish now thrive. A full range of PADI courses is provided by this resort, including their own PADI-approved Thresher Shark speciality.
Since 2001, Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort has been cultivating a house reef from Jeeps, concrete thresher sharks and other man-made materials, creating a space where fish now thrive. In 2008, they were awarded Project AWARE’s Environmental Achievement Award for their work on the reef. Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort was also the first Go Eco dive resort, established in 2007, encouraging ethical volunteering projects on Malapascua. The resort takes part in regular island clean-ups every Thursday as well as clean-up dives.