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Dive Review of Thresher Shark Divers/Cocabana in
Philippines/Malapascua

Thresher Shark Divers/Cocabana, Jun, 2011,

by Martin Roberts, Fordingbridge, GB (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6108.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving indonesia - raja ampat, alor, komodo, wakatobi, lembeh, bali; palau,
australia - GBR & WA; mozambique, egypt, costa rica, ecuador, south
africa, thailand, cuba, belize, grenada, tobago, usa, jordan, tanzania,
caymans
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 27 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 25 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Generally guided dives, dive within recreation no deco limits, max 60 minute dive time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Small rinse bucket on dive boats - local style outrigger. Dedicated tank at dive shop.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Good service from this established dive centre. There is a large scale training operation here including DM & IDC training with many on these courses when we visited.

This was a short visit after a liveaboard trip so didn't dive all of the sites available; spent a week here back in 2007 when we did a large variety of day trips then such as Gato & Calanggaman Islands, which provide great variety. Poor sea conditions due to a tropical depression to he East meant sites were restricted but they always managed to get us out diving worthwhile sites.

The party piece of Malapascua is the cleaning station at Monad Shoal; dives leave early am for best chances of sightings. 1-2 threshers sited on each of the three days we were hers along with giant Manta.
There is also a wide range of other dive sites in the area from reef, wreck to some good muck - personal sightings in 5 dives included several frogrish, many varieties of nudibranch, multiple plurobranch, xenocrab, zebra crab, peacock razorfish, longhorn cowfish, soft coral crabs etc...

Thresher Shark Divers offer great service with good bar & restaurant above (Oscar's). They do not have their own accomodations and can therefore tailor accomodation to your needs / budget and do so efficiently. Note this is not a "luxury" destination but a very laid back island..

Highly recomeneded.
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