Welcome to Malapascua Exotic Island Dive and Beach Resort
If you are thinking of diving or staying in Malapascua consider us your first choice. We have everything you need for a relaxing, exciting, enjoyable stay with first class facilities and service.
Exotic is the pioneer dive resort on Malapascua. The first dive shop to open on the island in 1998, Exotic has grown over the years and is now the leading dive resort on the island, without compromising its original laid-back charm and outstanding service. Our continued expansion is a result of our customer’s loyalty and desire to revisit and share their Exotic experience with others. Why not come and see what brings people back to us year after year?
If you dive with Exotic Dive Resort, you have a great variety of dive destinations to choose from. From the big thresher sharks and mantas, to the small stuff like pygmy seahorses and nudibrachs, from the impressive wall dives of Calanggaman to the gentle slopes of Bugtong Bato, everyone will have their own favourite site.
Accommodation & Reservations
We have 5 different types of well-maintained rooms, all of which have private bath, balcony and 24 hour power year round. Most of our rooms can accommodate 2 persons though it is possible to add an extra mattress to sleep 3.
The spacious 26-sq-metre room elegantly designed with a comfortable 2 queen sized bed, with an individual controlled air condition, a fully stocked Mini Bar that offers you snacks and drinks for refreshment while watching satellite cable TV, Hot and Cold shower and with sliding doors open onto a private balcony to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
The spacious 21-sq-metre room comes with a twin single/double bed (subject to availability), with an individual controlled air condition, a fully stocked Mini bar that offers you snacks and drinks for refreshment while watching satellite cable TV, Hot and Cold shower and with sliding doors that open onto a private balcony to enjoy the overlooking of the lush tropical flowers and garden.
The spacious 13-sq-metre room offers twin single, with an individual controlled air condition with an extended private balcony. It’s located near the beachfront, restaurant and bar.
Built in 2010 with our Divemaster interns and IDC candidates in mind, these rooms are simply furnished with a shared bathroom. We think they give our GoPro guests the best of both worlds – quality, on-site accommodation with a great-value price tag. The rooms are only a two minute walk to our dive shop, classrooms and beach.
Resort & Restaurant
Our highly acclaimed international restaurant offers an extensive range of mouth-watering dishes from fresh salads and sandwiches served on freshly baked bread to local Philippine and international specialties. Our acclaimed breakfast menu offers a wide choice from homemade pancakes to freshly made croissants and is available all day long. The coffee corner boasts the best and freshest brewed coffee on the island. Treat your self to a cappuccino, latte or iced coffee while relaxing in our garden setting. Or if you prefer sample a draft San Miguel beer from our fully stocked bar, the only place on the island where draft beer is available. Our exotic wok, sizzling dishes and new tabletop grill are favorites amongst our guest.
During high season our weekly buffets are always a highlight. We cater for large groups with set menus; buffets or A La Carte packages, special functions and BBQ boat trips are also possible. We can also cater beach wedding, birthday party, seminars or convention. Dive packages can include breakfast; half board or full board packages
As the first dive centre on the island and the pioneers of the thresher shark encounters, we are proud to offer the following services to our diving customers:
4 large traditional “banka” boats and one smaller boat plus our new speedboat
Small groups of divers led by experienced, qualified guides
Dive schedules to suit all ranges of diver preferences and experience
Quality, well maintained equipment for rental
Underwater digital cameras for rental
Great variety of dive sites
Daily dives to see the thresher sharks
Nitrox, Wreck and Night dives available
Courses from Open Water through to Instructor!
Safety Deposit Box at the Reception
24 hour Security Guards
Travel Service and Assistance
Internet Café & Telephone
Credit Card Facilities VISA/MasterCard
We accept US dollars, Euros and Peso’s
Free Wi-Fi Access at the Restaurant for In-house Guests and Diners
– Distance 45 minutes; minimum certification level – advanced
The top of the shoal ranges from 20 meters to 27 meters, with a sheer drop-off down to 45 meters, and a second drop-off exceeding recreational dive depths. There is a good opportunity to see the famous thresher sharks year round at this site. Thresher sharks are regular visitors at the cleaning stations found on top of the reef. Depending on the season you may also encounter giant manta rays and smaller devil rays. The ideal depth to encounter life is between 22 meters to 27 meters, making Monad Shoal a perfect site for enriched air dives.
– Distance 15minutes; minimum certification – open water
The perfect sunset dive, this site is almost a sure bet to see the colorful Mandarin Fish perform their mating dance. The most prolific time of the month is around the full moon, but the activity can been seen virtually every night. Blue Ringed Octopus and sea horses of every size can be found on the surrounding reef. Situated directly across from the island’s lighthouse this sloping coral garden is a perfect shallow dive to end the day.
– Distance 20minutes; minimum certification – open water
With its strong currents this site creates a perfect habitat for soft corals, which grow in an abundance creating a magical colorful garden. Stunning rock formations and canyons create ideal hiding places for scorpion fish, frogfish and lionfish. Sea horses, nudibranches and flat worms can also been seen nestling within the coral branches. An interesting dive to suit all levels of divers.
– Distance 5minutes; minimum certification – open water
Exotic’s own protected area where the fish are plentiful, House Reef is not to be missed. Starting at 5 meters and gently sloping to 13, it’s a great place to work out the kinks after some time out of the water. Amongst the scattered coral and patches of sea grass, a wide variety of fish and macro life can be found. Artificial structures are everywhere, including coral encrusted jeepneys, large concrete and wire structures and a few old boats, creating a unique habitat for soft coral and sea life to flourish. This exclusive one of a kind dive site suits all levels of divers and is a photographer’s dream.
– Distance 35minutes; minimum certification – open water
A small island situated between Malapascua and Cebu, this site is a gentle relaxing dive. The undulating island walls gently taper towards a sandy bottom, elephant ears, barrel sponges, sea fans and soft corals cover the sloping reef creating an ideal habitat for nudibranch, sea horses, spanish dancers and hairy frogfish, a nice gentle dive suitable for all levels of divers and excellent for the budding photographer.
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Itinerary & Schedule
A typical dive schedule here at Exotic is as follows:
Our usual day starts with a 5.00am dive to Monad Shoal or Kemod Shoal to see the thresher sharks. Yes it’s early but it really is the best time to spot the thresher sharks! The boat gets back at around 8.00am and then we have morning boats leaving at between 8.30am and 10.00am. Some boats go for one dive and are back by lunchtime, others go for a 2-dive trip and are back by 3.00pm to 4.00 pm. We also have one-dive trips in the afternoon too. Then we have our “dusk dive” which leaves at around 5.00pm – the best time to see our mandarin fish as well as other critters such as frogfish and seahorses.
As the largest and most established dive shop on Malapascua we are also happy to offer 3-dive trips or even our dive safaris to remote locations such as Camotes Island and Maripipipi Island, where over the years our dive shop staff have explored and logged the best of these previously un-dived, pristine reefs. These safaris can be pre-arranged or organized a few days in advance at the dive shop.
Highly recommended is a day trip to Calanggaman, and of course a dive or two at Monad Shoal to see the thresher sharks. We have a great wreck, the Doña Marilyn, for those of you who like to wreck dive, which can be penetrated by those Wreck Specialists.