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Blanco Beach Resort

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Blanco Beach Resort

3 star hotel
Brgy Logon Daanbantayan, , Malapascua Island, 6013, Philippines
14 rooms
FREE Internet

Thresher Shark Divers

Walking distance
Max 4 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Blanco Beach Resort is a boutique beach resort on Malapascua Island
  • 10 elegantly furnished rooms with a balcony or terrace
  • Beach ber serving fresh buffet breakfasts
  • Thresher sharks, rays, white tip sharks, cuttlefish and more to be seen
  • Directly located on a picturesque tropical beach
  • Island hopping, fishing with a local and yoga on offer
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Booking process


Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot


We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final


You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 30%
  • 30 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 365 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Blanco Beach Resort

Best dive sites in Cebu

Talima – This reef and wall dive is a firm favourite of many Cebu divers due to the healthy, vibrant corals and abundant fish life. Look out for groupers, oriental sweetlips, schooling batfish, jacks and snappers. The remains of the small wreck are teeming with marine life. Nalusuan Island – This marine protected area offers world-class corals, a colourful shallow reef top and a steep slope. The biodiversity is impressive with schooling snappers, trevally, grouper and barracuda as well as a plethora of reef fish. Look out for stingrays, passing sea turtles and even a mermaid statue. This is a stunning dive from start to safety stop. Hilutongan Island – Kaleidoscopic corals, incredible fish biomass, turtles, schooling giant trevally, snapper, jacks and sweetlips are all highlights of this marine sanctuary dive site. The colourful topography, clear waters and calm conditions make this site suitable for all divers and a must for wide-angle photographers. Monad Shoal – Located in Malapascua, in Cebu’s north, this submerged sea mount is one of Cebu’s most famous dive sites and the best spot for thresher sharks sightings. Diving here is either a “swimming dive” or on a stationary line waiting for the sharks to approach. Close encounters with these incredible predators are not unusual. It’s a thrilling dive. Pescador Island - Located in Moalboal, in Cebu’s south-west, this protected marine park is one of the most famous dive spots in the area for good reasons. Underwater, this small island is a diver’s playground with tunnels, caverns and swim throughs. Fish life is abundant here and you’ll find white tip reef sharks, schooling barracudas, sardines, jacks and occasional thresher sharks. The diversity and mass of reef fish is breathtaking.
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Dive Center


  • Thresher Shark Divers is a PADI 5* CDC
  • 15 years experience on Malapascua
  • Thresher shark dives take place every morning of the year
  • Flexible dive schedule (5am - 6pm)
  • Social dive shop with Juice Bar, Oscar's Restaurant, Wilde Beach Bar
  • Small groups, with experienced divemasters (1000+ local dives)
  • Spacious boats with refreshments, safety gear, shade


Welcome to Thresher Shark Divers, the premier PADI Five Star Instructor Development and Scuba Diving Center located in the beautiful island of Malapascua, Cebu - the home of the famous thresher sharks!

If you're looking for an unforgettable diving experience, you've come to the right place. Our highly experienced and knowledgeable dive instructors will guide you through the stunning underwater world of Malapascua, known for its rich biodiversity and unique marine species, including the elusive thresher sharks. We offer daily diving in small groups with experienced PADI Divemasters and Instructors, many of them with 5,000+ dives around Malapascua alone. 

At Thresher Shark Divers, we offer a wide range of courses to cater to all levels of divers, from beginners to professionals. Our PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center status ensures that we meet the highest standards in scuba diving education, equipment and safety. A full range of PADI training is available including Instructor and Technical, with one of the most active dive internship programs in the country.

Our facilities include modern equipment, air-conditioned classrooms, and comfortable accommodation for a hassle-free and enjoyable stay. We also offer customized diving packages, tailored to your preferences and interests, ensuring that you get the most out of your diving experience. Malapascua is the only place in the world where thresher sharks can be seen daily. And there is plenty more on offer: wreck and reefs, wall dives and macro dives, drift dives and night dives. There is a little bit of everything. Group sizes are kept small and courses are often taught one on one. 

But what truly sets us apart is our dedication to conservation and sustainable diving practices. We work closely with local communities to promote awareness and protection of the marine environment, including the thresher sharks, whose presence has made Malapascua a world-renowned diving destination. 

We have spacious Filipino style banka boats as well as a speed boat, offer coffee, tea and drinking water, shaded areas, ample space to set up your gear, and of course we carry first aid kits, phones and oxygen. 

Dive shop facilities include internet, charging stations and a safe for valuables, as well as a retail area. The beachfront is home to the Wilde Bar for coffee, shakes and cocktails. Oscar’s Restaurant is upstairs overlooking the beach, which makes it great for sundowners.

Book your dive with Thresher Shark Divers today and experience the thrill of diving with thresher sharks, while supporting a responsible and eco-friendly diving center.

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Rental Equipment

  • Open-Heel Fins
  • Mask & Snorkel
  • Skin Suit
  • Wetsuit – Shorty
  • Full-Foot Fins
  • Aluminum Cylinders
  • Bcd
  • Boots
  • Compass
  • Dive Computer
  • Regulator
  • Flashlight
  • Children Sizes
  • Camera
  • Gauges
  • Wetsuit – 3Mm

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Chinese
  • Catalan
  • Filipino
  • Other Languages On Request

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc
  • Padi Freediver Center
  • Green Fins

Dive Center Facilities

  • Onsite Classroom
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Retail Shop
  • Waterfront Location
  • Dive Boat
  • Onsite Accommodation
  • Food & Drinks

Resort Amenities

Good for...

  • Good Value For Money
  • Remote Getaways


  • Restaurant
  • Beach Front
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Garden


  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)
  • Cash (Gbp)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Great for families

  • Babysitting/Child Services

Sports & Watersports

  • Fishing

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Massage Services
  • Yoga

Resort Description

Blanco Beach Resort is a small and intimate boutique beach retreat on Malapascua Island. 

The hotel is comprised of 10 crisp and fresh guestrooms, all with air condiitoning, large beds and lots of natural light. There is a beach bar serving homemade breakfast dishes made with fresh, local ingredients.

Your room is no more than a three minute walk from the beach, where you will find sunloungers and beautiful sunsets. 

Divers get the chance to spot thresher sharks, rays, white tip sharks. cuttlefish, crustaceans and many species of reef fish. Dive amongst coral gardens, wrecks, walls, caves and muck diving sites home to a plethora of macro creatures. 

How to get there


  • By Air: The closest airport to Malapascua is the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Many international airlines and domestic carriers fly to Cebu. Several airlines fly directly to Cebu, including Singapore, Emirates, Qatar, Korean and Turkish, and more to Manila, which is an easy 75-minute internal flight. Once you arrive at the airport, you can take a taxi or a private car to the Maya port, which takes about 3-4 hours.
  • By Bus:  If you are coming from the mainland of Cebu, you can take a bus from the North Bus Terminal in Cebu City to Maya port, which is the jump-off point for Malapascua. The journey takes around 4-5 hours, and the bus fare is around PHP 180-200.
  • By Private Car: You can also hire a private car or van from Cebu City to Maya port. This option is more expensive than taking the bus, but it's more comfortable and faster. The journey takes around 3-4 hours, depending on traffic. Once you arrive at Maya port, you need to take a 30-minute boat ride to Malapascua Island.
  • From the island's port, Thresher Shark Divers is located within walking distance or a short tricycle ride away. The port closes at 5pm, so your flight needs to arrive by about 12pm to ensure getting to Maya in time. Slightly later may be possible. If not,  Thresher Shark Divers, can help with accommodation options for the first night; they can also make arrangements for transport to and from other locations and we  liaise with other operators.


  • If your departure is included, we will confirm departure time after you arrive. We can guarantee to get you to the airport by 12 noon, if you need to be there earlier we recommend staying in Cebu for the night. 


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