Cebu Travel Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort Philippines Accommodation

Written on November 22, 2009 – 4:59 pm | by Etravel |

Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort is set on the southern side of Malapascua Island and to the eastern end of Bounty beach. It is secluded to day traders and other tourists but close enough to the public beach if guests want to mingle with the locals. The natural lush foliage fronting the resort is complimented and highlighted by the white sand beach and the crystal clear waters.

The resort offers four kinds of accommodations to its guests. These are the Super deluxe rooms, Deluxe rooms, Standard rooms and the Fan rooms. All rooms are well-maintained and well-appointed with private toilet and bath with hot and cold shower, 24-hour power supply, satellite TV and a private balcony that offers a great view of the sea and its lush surroundings. All rooms also have air-conditioning except for the fan rooms which have ceiling fans and electric fans. Most of the rooms can accommodate two guests with the option of adding one mattress.

Dining and wining at the resort is catered by the in-house bar and restaurant which offers a spectacular view of the sea and the white sand beach. It serves favorite local as well as international dishes made from fresh ingredients. The breakfast menu offers a wide selection of homemade pancakes to freshly baked croissants, pastries and bread which is also available throughout the day. The coffee corner serves freshly brewed coffee and favorite coffee mixes such as cappuccino, latte and iced coffee in a very relaxing garden setting. The bar is well-stocked with favorite local as well as international alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Large group catering is accepted by the restaurant with set menus like buffets or a la carte packages. Special functions and barbecue boat trips can also be accommodated by the restaurant.

Services that are offered by the resort include 24-hour security, travel assistance and laundry services. Amenities include safety deposit boxes, internet cafe, telephone and fax services, convenience store, credit card facilities and foreign exchange. The resort can also arrange guests transfer needs from the airport or hotel in Cebu to the resort or from the resort to other destinations. Cars and vans are always available for hire. Situated above the dive shop is the resort’s newly constructed multimedia conference room and instructor development classroom. It offers a magnificent view of Bounty beach and can seat uo to 50 persons. It is equipped with internet access, large flat screen TV with DVD and projector. The resort boasts of its newly-refurbished Exotic Spa locate at the rooftop which is the ideal place to relax and unwind. The professional masseurs are well-trained in reflexology, Thai massage, Swedish massage, Aroma therapy and the house specialty which is the Exotic combination massage that combines a full body Swedish massage with pivotal shiatsu pressure points.

Malapascua Island is famous for thresher sharks but is it is also teeming with other underwater life like soft corals and a wide variety of fishes such as pygmy sea horse, mandarin fish, nudibranch, pipefish, frog fish ,cuttle fish, sea horses, sea moths, octopus and gunards among other fishes. Malapascua is known for some of the best shark diving in the Philippines, famous for the thresher sharks, which can be seen at any time of year at Monad Shoal. This is reputedly the only place in the world where these sharks can be seen within recreational diver limits on a regular basis.  At other times of the year it is also possible to encounter schooling hammerheads and giant manta rays that also frequent the cleaning stations at Monad Shoal. Gato Island is another famous shark site where it is practically guaranteed that you will see white tip sharks sleeping within the caves and crevasses and if you have a good eye, bamboo sharks nestling in the cracks.

Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort is the first to dive with the thresher sharks in 1997 and the first dive shop in Malapascua to be established. It is the only resort in the island to earn a 5 star from PADI IDC with Nitrox filing station, technical dive facility and only Go Eco dive resort on the island. The dive shop uses 12lt aluminum tanks with INT valve and has only a limited supply of DIN adapters for rent, so divers are advised to notify the resort if they require this service. The average yearly water temperature around Malapascua is 25degrees minimum. Most divers are comfortable in 3mml full suits with a hooded vest for those colder deeper dives. The salinity of the water around Malapascua is not too high, especially in comparison to the Red Sea and Thailand. Over weighted divers are in danger of damaging coral and putting themselves at unnecessary risk. The dive shop offers diving courses from beginner courses to combination courses and instructor development course. Non-diving specialties like Aware coral reef, Marine resource management, Project Aware, Gas blender and DAN oxygen provider are also offered. Other specialty courses are also available.

Getting to Malapascua Island and to the resort is easy as there are many modes of transportation available. Guests can arrange with the resort their transportation needs.

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  1. One Response to “Cebu Travel Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort Philippines Accommodation”

  2. By Soren Knudsen on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    To learn more about Malapascua, you are also welcome to visit go to malapascua dot com – an independent online travel guide to Malapascua. Everything the above article says about Exotic holds true though.

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