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- Join daily thresher shark dives at the legendary Monad Shoals
- Outstanding wellness offerings with a full-service day spa, yoga and meditation, and healthy dining options
- Relaxed beach vibes in a stunning setting with lush tropical gardens and a white sand beach
- Romantic couples packages ideal for dedicated divers in love
Located on Malapascua’s beautiful Bounty Beach, Ocean Vida aims to refresh the body, mind, and soul, with tranquil and secluded relaxation areas, soothing spa treatments, and daily yoga classes. Ocean Vida has a long-standing partnership with Sea Explorers dive centre, boasting over 30 years experience diving in the Philippines and ensuring a high standard of service both on land, and underwater. This is the perfect base for diving with the area’s famous thresher sharks, taking a day trip to Gato Island for world-class diving and snorkelling, and exploring Malapascua’s charming beaches and villages on foot.
About Ocean Vida
Located at the heart of Bounty Beach, on the southern tip of Malapascua Island, Ocean Vida lies just a few steps from the region’s incredible diving. Created in 2010, this resort aims to revitalise guests with unsurpassed comfort, deep relaxation, and highly-personalised service - plus, a relaxed setting and plenty of privacy, for a well-balanced tropical island holiday. Just next door, Ocean Vida’s sister resort, Buena Vida, offers luxurious spa treatments and yoga facilities to help you unwind entirely.
Ocean Vida is partnered with Sea Explorers dive centre, giving guests access to one of the leading dive teams in the Philippines, with decades of experience diving around the island. This well-established operator guarantees high-quality facilities for students and experienced divers alike, as well as an expert dive crew of skilled local spotters and international PADI instructors, and a fun, welcoming atmosphere. Plus, guests have instant access to a fantastic sandy beach and multiple areas to relax or socialise. This resort provides remarkable and unforgettable holidays for adventurous couples, intrepid families, and dive groups alike!
Explore the resort
Ocean Vida’s restaurant serves an exotic blend of local specialities, European classics, and wellness-inspired meals. Guests can choose to dine overlooking the beach or on the sand under the palm trees. The resort’s beach bar is open all day serving fresh fruit shakes, cocktails, beer, imported wine, and soft drinks - while beanbags on the sand provide the perfect place to relax and watch the sunset. Next to the bar, you’ll find the Vida Cafe, serving homemade cakes, sweets, ice cream, and delicious freshly brewed coffee.
Just a few metres away, Ocean Vida’s sister resort offers a variety of spa treatments including massages, bodywork, manicures and pedicures. The spa is an oasis of calm, where guests are encouraged to turn off mobile devices, clear their minds, and simply relax. Yoga classes catering to all levels are available, with daily offerings including Vinyasa flow, power yoga, candlelight and yin yoga, and beach sessions. Adventurous guests can make the most of their time exploring the island with kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and snorkelling on offer. Unique romantic packages for couples who love to dive together are also offered by this resort.
Diving from Ocean Vida
The diving at Ocean Vida is managed by its partner PADI 5-Star resort, Sea Explorers. This well-established team has over 30 years of experience diving the Philippines and takes pride in giving each guest an incredible dive holiday experience. Scuba students can take a full range of scuba courses here, conducted by patient and professional instructors in two air-conditioned classrooms. The resort also boasts two newly renovated Bangka boats, perfectly maintained rental gear, facilities for personal equipment, and nitrox for qualified guests. Up to four dives are offered each day, with small groups divided by skill and comfort level.
Malapascua found fame for its regular sightings of thresher sharks, and Sea Explorers offers daily sunrise dives with a good chance of spotting these elusive creatures. All-day adventures at Gato Island are also available, with fascinating macro wildlife, caverns, caves and swim-throughs, as well as sharks. If you’d rather keep the adventure close to home, you won’t be disappointed. Local dive sites here boast various species of rays, whitetip reef sharks and healthy coral reefs swarming with tropical fish. Plus, nudibranchs, frogfish, mating mandarin fish, and other fascinating pint-sized creatures.
- Pack lightweight clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and plenty of sun protection for exploring the island on foot.
- You’ll have to wake up well before dawn to dive with the thresher sharks, but the early start is well worth it!
- Plan at least one dry day for indulging in the day spa’s relaxing massage therapy and bodywork.
- Don’t miss out on a day trip to Gato Island, famous for sharks, swim-throughs, and cool macro wildlife.
Diving in Malapascua
Thresher sharkYear round
Whitetip reef sharkYear round
Devil rayYear round
Giant frogfishYear round
Exotic NudisYear round
Plentiful reef lifeYear round
Caves & cavernsYear round
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Official dive center rating
PADI 5-Star Resort
Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water