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    Smile Malapascua Island, Philippines : wrecks and thresher sharks

    Hello!

    I stayed at Evolution Diving on Malapascua island in October 2014.
    Nearest international airport is Cebu / Mactan - you can fly there from Singapore, Seoul, Manila etc (although I understand avoiding Manila is preferable with expensive and delicate dive kit like rebreathers).
    Transport to island is about 3 or 4 hours in a car / van / minibus / bus / coach and then about another 30 mins on a ferry boat to the island itself.

    Rebreather friendly dive centre, the only limitation is that they don't have a booster pump, so can only decant oxygen into rebreather tanks at 100 BAR.
    Unless you are doing a course, with lots of O2 flushing drills, this is not a problem in practice even on deep / long dives, or all day expeditions.
    But they have helium and sorb available, as well as a selection of 2 and 3 L tanks, plus various stages for hire too.

    Here is why most people go to the island in the first place
    Thresher sharks, seen here with more or less no bubbles, about 0530 to 0630 each morning...

    http://youtu.be/ccV666AMDKA

    No music version is here in case the music is blocked in your country ...

    http://youtu.be/TOUuHr-aRX4

    And there are some great wreck dives too nearby, from recreational depths (ie 25-30m, some mid range stuff like Mogami Marui in 50m, a Japanese WW2 minesweeper? And some much deeper stuff like 110m).
    Evolution diving can arrange trips to all these places, and even provide support divers for the deeper dives - quite an impressive operation overall.

    Here is a 110 m wreck dive on a ferry that sunk in 1960s
    With music
    http://youtu.be/UsPyqQBmGh4

    Without music
    http://youtu.be/7E4O-O9uGBo

    Hope you enjoy!
    Its a nice location, peaceful and not too expensive.
    I enjoyed the combination of easy / well lit "recreational" dives and also the deeper tech stuff, including various local "wall dives".

    Look at the Evolution diving web site for more details.

    Jules.

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    Re: Malapascua Island, Philippines : wrecks and thresher sharks

    Great flick thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Malapascua Island, Philippines : wrecks and thresher sharks

    Quote Originally Posted by JulesElliott  View Original Post
    Hello!

    I stayed at Evolution Diving on Malapascua island in October 2014.
    Nearest international airport is Cebu / Mactan - you can fly there from Singapore, Seoul, Manila etc (although I understand avoiding Manila is preferable with expensive and delicate dive kit like rebreathers).
    Transport to island is about 3 or 4 hours in a car / van / minibus / bus / coach and then about another 30 mins on a ferry boat to the island itself.

    Rebreather friendly dive centre, the only limitation is that they don't have a booster pump, so can only decant oxygen into rebreather tanks at 100 BAR.
    Unless you are doing a course, with lots of O2 flushing drills, this is not a problem in practice even on deep / long dives, or all day expeditions.
    But they have helium and sorb available, as well as a selection of 2 and 3 L tanks, plus various stages for hire too.

    Here is why most people go to the island in the first place
    Thresher sharks, seen here with more or less no bubbles, about 0530 to 0630 each morning...

    http://youtu.be/ccV666AMDKA

    No music version is here in case the music is blocked in your country ...

    http://youtu.be/TOUuHr-aRX4

    And there are some great wreck dives too nearby, from recreational depths (ie 25-30m, some mid range stuff like Mogami Marui in 50m, a Japanese WW2 minesweeper? And some much deeper stuff like 110m).
    Evolution diving can arrange trips to all these places, and even provide support divers for the deeper dives - quite an impressive operation overall.

    Here is a 110 m wreck dive on a ferry that sunk in 1960s
    With music
    http://youtu.be/UsPyqQBmGh4

    Without music
    http://youtu.be/7E4O-O9uGBo

    Hope you enjoy!
    Its a nice location, peaceful and not too expensive.
    I enjoyed the combination of easy / well lit "recreational" dives and also the deeper tech stuff, including various local "wall dives".

    Look at the Evolution diving web site for more details.

    Jules.
    Thanks for the review. Is in my list for 2015

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    Re: Malapascua Island, Philippines : wrecks and thresher sharks

    Thanks for the write up Jules.

    Sadly our awesome booster suffered some damage in the supertyphoon last year. It did work for a while after, but then decided it has had enough, so we are currently working on it's repair/replacement.

    So, in short if you're coming in 2015 then you should be able to expect boosted O2 and He.

    Cheers,

    Matt.

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    Re: Malapascua Island, Philippines : wrecks and thresher sharks

    Outstanding video!!!

    Thank you for posting.

    Best regards,
    Chett. L

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