Malapascua Diving Courses & Packages

Malapascua Diving Courses & Packages

Go diving in Malapascua, Cebu, and swim with thresher sharks and other vibrant marine life. Book Malapascua diving courses and packages for a hassle-free vacation in the Philippines.
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What is Malapascua known for?

Malapascua, located in Cebu, is renowned for its thresher shark diving activity. The island is also known for its beautiful coral reefs, diverse marine life, and underwater landscapes. It is one of the best diving spots in the Philippines.



Don't miss out on the breathtaking tourist spots in Malapascua that are part of Philippine island hopping tours, such as Gato Island, one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines, and Bounty Beach, one of the best white sand beaches in the Philippines.



Consider booking Cebu travel packages and Cebu tours to make the most of your time on the island exploring Cebu tourist spots, and make sure to include Cebu diving packages for thrilling underwater adventures. If you’re already in Malapascua, make sure to book Malapascua tours, as it offers a range of exciting activities, including snorkeling, island hopping, and exploring the island's stunning Cebu beaches.

How to get to Malapascua?

Arriving at Cebu Airport, make your journey hassle-free by arranging a reliable Cebu airport transfer or a Cebu car rental to Maya Port. From Maya Port, you have the option to board a boat that will take you to Malapascua Island, with the journey to this destination from Cebu typically lasting approximately 30 minutes.


What types of diving courses are offered in Malapascua?

Malapascua offers a variety of Cebu diving courses catering to different skill levels. You can find Philippine scuba diving packages in Malapascua for beginners, such as Discover Scuba Diving and Open Water Diver. Advanced courses like Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and Divemaster are also available.


How long does it take to complete an Open Water Diver course in Malapascua?

The Open Water Diver course typically takes around 3 to 4 days to complete. This duration may vary depending on factors such as the dive center, instructor availability, and individual progress.

Can I take diving courses if I'm a beginner with no prior experience?

Yes, Malapascua is an excellent place for beginners to learn scuba diving. There are courses specifically designed for beginners, such as the Discover Scuba Diving program and the Open Water Diver course, which will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to start diving safely.

What is the minimum age requirement to participate in diving courses?

The minimum age requirement for the Discover Scuba Diving program is usually 10 years old. For the Open Water Diver course, the minimum age is typically 15 years old. However, some dive centers may offer Junior Open Water Diver courses for younger participants, usually starting from the age of 10 or 12, with certain depth restrictions.

What is the average instructor-to-student ratio during diving courses?

The instructor-to-student ratio can vary depending on the dive center and the specific course. However, reputable dive centers usually maintain small groups to ensure personalized attention and safety. A common ratio is one instructor for every two to four students.

Are diving equipment rentals included in the course fees?

In most cases, yes. Dive centers in Malapascua typically include the rental of basic scuba equipment (such as a mask, snorkel, fins, BCD, regulator, and weights) in the course fees. However, you may need to pay extra for specialized equipment or personal gear like wetsuits, dive computers, or underwater cameras.

Can I get certified as a Divemaster in Malapascua?

Yes, you can pursue your Divemaster certification in Malapascua. Several dive centers offer Divemaster courses, which are designed for individuals looking to become professional divers and assist instructors during courses and dive operations.

What are the best times of the year to take diving courses in Malapascua?

Malapascua, one of the best places to visit in the Philippines, enjoys good diving conditions year-round, but the best times for diving and for booking Philippine tour packages in Malapascua are generally considered to be from November to May, when the seas are calmer and visibility is typically better. However, thresher shark in Malapascua sightings are more common from December to April.

Is it necessary to book diving courses in advance?

While it's not always necessary to book in advance, it is recommended, especially during peak seasons or if you have specific dates in mind. Booking in advance helps ensure availability, allows you to secure preferred dive centers or instructors, and allows for better course planning.



Remember to check with individual dive centers in Malapascua for the most accurate and up-to-date information on their Malapascua diving courses, schedules, and requirements.

What is the cost of diving courses in Malapascua?

The cost of diving courses in Malapascua can vary depending on the dive center, the type of course, and the inclusions. As a rough estimate, prices for the Open Water Diver course can range from $300 to $500 USD. Advanced courses and professional-level certifications may have higher costs.


Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in advanced diving courses?

Yes, for advanced diving courses such as the Advanced Open Water Diver or Rescue Diver, you are usually required to have a certain certification level, such as the Open Water Diver certification. Some courses may also require a minimum number of logged dives as a prerequisite.

Can I bring my own diving equipment for the courses?

Yes, you are generally allowed to bring your own diving equipment when diving in Malapascua. Most dive centers also provide rental equipment as part of the course fees. If you have your own gear, it's recommended to inform the dive center in advance to ensure compatibility and make any necessary arrangements.

What languages are the diving courses conducted in?

English is widely spoken and used in the diving industry in Malapascua. Most dive centers have English-speaking instructors and diving courses are commonly conducted in English. However, some dive centers may also offer courses in other languages, such as German, French, Spanish, or Chinese. It's best to check with the dive center or Guide to the Philippines for language options.

Can I combine diving courses with accommodation packages in Malapascua?

Yes, many dive centers in Malapascua offer dive and accommodation packages, providing the convenience of Cebu hotel booking and potential cost savings. These Malapascua diving packages often include a combination of diving courses and several nights of accommodation at Malapascua dive resorts like Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort and Tepanee Beach Resort, making it easier to plan your stay and dive training.

Are there any medical requirements or restrictions for diving courses?

Before enrolling in a diving course, you may be required to fill out a medical questionnaire or provide a medical certificate stating that you are fit to dive. Some pre-existing medical conditions or medications may require a doctor's approval. It's important to disclose any relevant health information to ensure your safety during diving activities.

Can I participate in night dives during the diving courses?

Night dives are not typically included in beginner-level diving courses. However, for more advanced courses like the Advanced Open Water Diver, night dives may be part of the training. Additionally, most dive centers in Malapascua offer night dives as separate guided experiences for certified divers.

Can I continue my diving education beyond the Open Water Diver course in Malapascua?

Absolutely! Malapascua offers various advanced courses, including specialties like Nitrox Diver, Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, and more. You can continue your diving education and gain additional certifications to enhance your skills and explore different types of diving.

Are there opportunities for fun dives after completing the courses?

Yes, once you are certified, you can join fun dives to explore the underwater sites around Malapascua. There are numerous dive sites to choose from, including thresher shark cleaning stations, coral gardens, and wrecks. Fun dives allow you to further explore the marine biodiversity and enjoy the beauty of the underwater world.