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Malapascua Island - A Diver's Paradise

Malapascua Island - A Diver's ParadiseMalapascua Island is a tiny island situated in the middle of the Visayan Sea, located across a shallow strait from Cebu Island's northernmost tip. It is only about 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) long and 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) wide. You can easily walk round the island in 2 hours.

According to locals, the island was originally called Logon. The "Malapascua" name is said to have been given by Spaniards whose ship got stranded in the island on Christmas Day, December 25, 1520, due to bad weather. From then on the Spaniards and the non-locals would refer to the island as Malapascua.

The island boasts of wide white sand beach (called Bounty Beach), beautiful coral gardens and breathtaking underwater attractions that have become popular dive spots only in recent years.

While it has been called the "Next Boracay," the charm of Malapascua Island lies on its laid back and uncrowded atmosphere. It only has the most basic of facilities and offers a unhurried, quiet and relaxing holiday. Even during peak season, the island never feels congested with visitors.

Most people come to Malapascua Island for the diving. The most famous dive site in Malapascua is the Monad Shoal, a natural cleaning station for fish located about 30-35 minutes from the island. It is best known as the only place in the world where thresher sharks can be seen regularly before sunrise. The sharks use the area as a cleaning station for wrasse to remove parasites from their skin and clean their gills and mouths.

Apart from thresher sharks, the shoal also has other pelagics, such as devil rays, eagle rays and manta rays are regular visitors. Hammerhead sharks are seasonal visitors.

Snorkeling, fishing and swimming are other popular activities in the island. Local women also offer massage while you relax in the beach.

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