One of the most reliable destinations for diving with thresher sharks, Malapascua is an island paradise off Cebu, Philippines. Travel by liveaboard to get first dibs on this early morning site.
Malapascua is famous for its thresher sharks, which regularly appear at Monad Shoal, a cleaning station for the sharks. The action occurs on a coral plateau at 65 ft (20m), so this liveaboard route is appropriate for advanced divers. In addition to shark diving, Malapascua offers great macro sites where you’ll find pygmy seahorses and mandarinfish. Blue spotted stingrays and black corals can be found on the Dona Marilyn and the Tapilon, the area’s wrecks. Most liveaboards visit Malapascua on a larger itinerary involving several Cebu hotspots, giving you the most diving for your dollar. Typical itineraries are 7 to 10 days, and the best time to dive in Malapascua is from November to June.