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How best to book Malapascua, Philippines Trip

Discussion in 'General Travel and Vacation Discussions' started by DaviKyle, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. DaviKyle

    DaviKyle Garibaldi

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    Location: WA
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    Hello! My wife and I are planning a trip to the Philippines for December. Usually I enjoy researching and putting it all together, but since Malapascua is pretty remote I figured booking a full hotel/dive package in one would be best. Is PADI Travel the best place to do that or does anyone recommend another agency? Thanks!
     
  2. dlofting

    dlofting DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    If you find a dive shop you like in Malapascua they'll probably arrange everything for you except the flight to Cebu. You can search the forum for recommendations.
     
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  3. whatacoolfish

    whatacoolfish Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
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    I stayed and dove with Evolution Diving Resort. They were very helpful and responsive on email to any inquiries I had leading up to my trip.
     
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  4. DaviKyle

    DaviKyle Garibaldi

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    Awesome! I wasn’t sure how easy they’d be to work with. I’m glad they are. Thanks!
     
  5. diveUAE

    diveUAE Nassau Grouper

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    We just left Malapascua- stayed and dived with Thresher Cove Resort, loved it!

    I booked the flights to Malapascua and a private van transfer to Maya port (4000 php per way, be sure to use the new port). Thresher Cove arranged the private boat transfer (1500 php per way for the boat).

    Everything worked perfectly!
     
  6. Shasta_man

    Shasta_man Loggerhead Turtle

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    Look in the Phillipines section above where someone is posting a trip report as they go.
     
  7. dlofting

    dlofting DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    They're in Sabang Beach. It's on Mindoro and Malapascua is off the North end of Cebu.
     
  8. Tippytoes12

    Tippytoes12 Manta Ray

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    There is no need to do this, contact the resort you like directly and they will arrange everything for you. My husband and I do two dive trips to Asia some years and I am lucky enough to get another. I cannot think of anything major ever going wrong in the ten years we have been doing this.

    Dealing with and paying drectly will put more money into the local economy and hopefully protect the marine life, than if you use a foreign travel agency. The diving world is a small place these days with Tripadvisor, SB and FB.Compagnes that look after their guests do better with return visits and friends recommending them etc.

    There are lots of great dive resorts on Malapascua. We used Sea Explorers who have also shops in other , beautiful locations in the Philippines and put together packages.

    Best fishes x
     
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  9. dktexas54

    dktexas54 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Houston, TX
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    I used sea explorers. Ocean Vida Resort. There 7 nights. Had awesome experience. Did thresher dive twice and was not disappointed. Lots of little things. Beautiful coral away from malapascua itself. Hotel was very nice. The Philippines is very poor. You will be taken aback if you’ve never traveled third world. The people could not have been nicer. Absolutely gorgeous country. Can’t wait to go back.
     
  10. Peter Miska

    Peter Miska Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Australia
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    Evolution is the place to go - they have the nices part of the entire bounty beach and the dive operation is top notch and safe. Great rental equipment and good dive boats & guides. They take pretty good care of their dive spots and follow the rules, which are often broken by other dive centers. You can see that especially diving Monad Shoal.
    When we were on the dive boat with 7 other divers on it it was nice and peaceful while a boat of Sea Explorers passed by with 20+ divers onboard. It would be the same diving in that crowd...
     

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