Malapascua is a wonderful tropical dive location sites with something to suit everyone's tastes. You can find seagrass muck dives full of macro life, remarkable night dives with a lot of curious creatures, shallow reefs with healthy corals, dramatic drop-offs, a couple of good wrecks and some outlying islands to explore. However, what makes it stand out from most other Philippines destinations, and makes it arguably one of the very best dive spots in South East Asia, are its thresher sharks. They are what put Malapascua on the map.
The pelagic thresher shark
This Indian and Pacific Ocean species is about three metres long, and almost half of that length is made up of its spectacularly long tail. Any pelagic shark is a stunning sight but the first time I set eyes on a thresher shark, using lazy tail swishes to glide effortlessly water, I was filled with awe. It is hard to imagine a sleeker or more perfectly evolved animal to its environment — if I had to choose one creature to represent the strange, beautiful and alien world of the ocean, this would be it.