To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course, you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
The MDA 5-Star Club is for divers seeking adventure! It includes discounts at all MDA locations, preferred rates on rentals and air fills, special club rates on diving and discounts at our sponsor businesses all over Guam.
Malapascua is known for it’s resident thresher shark population and divers have a chance of seeing the Threshers at their rare shallow-water (65ft) cleaning station every morning. Other popular nearby sites include the Dona Marilyn wreck, Gato Island, Kalanggaman Island and Kimud Shoal to see schooling hammerheads!
When not diving, explore the island on foot or relax on Malapascua’s beautiful white sand beaches.
HOW TO GET THERE
Outgoing (Guam to MNL): Arrive in Manila with time to connect to dive destinations by using Philippine Airlines morning flight PR0111, operating 7 days a week. For the connecting flight to your destination stick with PAL for an easier booking & connection or transfer to Cebu Pacific for slightly lower rates.
Return (MNL to Guam): Getting back to Manila in time to catch an early flight to Guam isn’t possible, so use your last day to relax or do some sight-seeing. Taking a later-afternoon flight on PAL or Cebu Pacific will also minimize your stopover time in the Manila Airport.
MNL to GUM: Flights depart in the evening, around 10pm, and arrive in Guam around 4am the following day. Flight PR 0110 on Philippine Airlines.
When To Go – April and May tend to have the best weather and most visitor traffic. Dry season extends from December – May, with wet season from June – November.
Transfers to/from Cebu City to your resort on Malapascua will be included in your travel package and include about 2.5 hrs by road and about 30min by banka boat. Total transfer time is usually about 4hrs. Due to boat transfers not operating at night, any arrivals to Cebu later than 4pm require an overnight in Cebu City with transfers to Malapascua the following morning (the schedule provided above avoids this).
Permits & Fees
Please be aware of required local permits and airport departure fees.
These must be paid in cash at your destination and are not included in travel packages.
Permits are purchased through the tour operator at your destination. Departure fees are paid at the airport upon departure.
Dive & Land permits
The Philippines’ Marine Sanctuaries provide incredible diving and require small fees for diving and camera use. These are relatively inexpensive and may vary depending on where the day’s diving takes you. Sanctuary fees are paid directly to your dive operator and are not included in dive packages.
There are no departure fee’s required in Malapascua.