Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort - Buena Vida Resort


Sea Explorers biedt op Malapascua 2 resorts aan:

  • Ocean Vida Beach & Dive resort is centraal gelegen op het strand van Bounty Beach. De 20 kamers beschikken allemaal over een safe, ventilator, badkamer met warm water, en een terras of balkon.
    Er worden 3 kamertypes aangeboden: deluxe, standard met airco enb standard zonder airco.
    Het restaurant bevindt zich boven op het Sea Explorers dfuikcentrum. Aan de beachbar is het lekker chillen met een cocktail of een frisse pint!
  • Buena Vida resort & Spa ligt aangenaam verscholen in de rust van een prachtige tuin achter het drukke strand. Wie van rust houdt kiest beter voor dit resort. De 12 kamers in de tuin hebben een mooi terras met hangmatten. Je hebt de keuze tussen kamers met of zonder airco. Er is gratis wifi in het resort. En maak je geen zorgen: het duikcentrum, die frisse pint of een exotische cocktail aan het sttrand liggen amper op 3 minuutjes stappen...


Deze plaats onderscheidt zich van de andere in de Visayas. Hier zal je met quasi zekerheid groot leven zien. Tresher sharks worden hier heel frequent waargenomen op Monad Shoal. Deze plaats maakt Malapascua dan ook wereldberoemd. 

Ook Gato island is een top-duikplaats met een grotje waar je kan door duiken, slapende wittip rifhaaien, en veel vis. Daarnaast zijn met een beetje geluk ook andere soorten haaien, mantas, of eagle rays waar te nemen op één van de duikplaatsen rond Malapascua.

Ook de wrakduiker vindt hier zijn gading met een japans cargo wrak uit de tweede wereldoorlog, en de Dona Marilyn, een 90m lang cargo-schip dat in 1982 zonk door een typhoon.

Sea Explorers biedt tot 4 duiken per dag aan. Maximaal 4 duikers per duikgids (5 indien 1 van de gasten divemaster of hoger is). De maximale diepte van de duiken bedraagt 40 m.

Beschrijving duikplaatsen:

Monad Shoal
Early morning dive starts between 5am – 6am depending on the weather. In 30 minutes you will reach Monad Shoal. The island has a diameter of 1,5km and a depth of 20 – 28 meters. In Monad Shoal there is a very high chance to see the thresher sharks. In 2015 there was a 80-90% sighting rate. Manta rays and mobulas are also spotted but mostly in the afternoon dives. Dive with a longer smile, dive with Nitrox is highly recommended!

Kemod Shoal
This shoal lies close to the island of Leyte, east of Malapascua and you can reach it in about 45 min. Besides sightings of thresher sharks and devil rays, there is a good chance to encounter hammerhead sharks. The top of the shoal is about 10-12 m deep and is covered in sponges, hard- and soft corals. The south side of Kemod shoal forms a slope which goes as deep as 30m before it turns into a great drop off. The rest of the shoal have stunning walls, covered with sea fans and corals. Yellow fin tuna, unicorn fish, mackerel and barracudas can be seen regularly. Best time for Kemod is between March – June.

Deep Rock
An underwater pinnacle which starts at around 14-16 meter and is reachable in about 15-20min. The fairly small rock is one of the highlights of the divesites around Malapascua Island and a must go for everybody. The entire rock is covered with beautiful soft corals in different colors. In between you easily find 5-10 different nudibranch species, giant and clown frogfish, different crabs and shrimps and depending on the season you can also find pygmy seahorses or harlequin shrimps over there. Nitrox is highly recommended.

A 10 minute boat ride takes you to this place at the northwestern side of Malapascua. A great rock formation down to 20m with beautiful soft corals, small reef fish, frogfish, lionfish, scorpionfish and nudibranches makes it a perfect dive site for beginners to advanced divers.

Lapus II
Lapus II lies right next to LapusLapus and starts with a sloping reef in 12m which turns into a small wall. The bottom here is at around 20m depth and the sandy bottom with a lot of black corals and sea fans is sloping down to a max. depth of 30m. Butterfly fish, damsels and anthias are living between the sponges, soft and leather corals which cover the entire dive site. Nudibranchs, frogfish and a high diversity of different shrimps and crabs made it their home. All in all a good dive site for all level of divers. Currents can be mild to strong.

Only 10-15 minutes boat ride away from the dive center, is a site for night dives. The dive starts with the observation of mating Mandarin fish. Seahorses, Blue ring octopus and an abundance of critters can be found here as well.

Calanggaman Island
This picturesque spot is also perfect for snorkelers and swimmers, reachable in about 75-90min. It’s a beautiful wall dive with great coral growth. Rare longnosehawkfish, nudibranches, and even the odd thresher shark can be found along the wall, amidst the large black corals gardens. Pygmy seahorses can be seen at the deeper fan corals as well. During the dives we often offer BBQ on the beach. This daytrip is an unforgettable experience for all, divers, snorkelers and families. Often we combine this dive site with Nunez Shoal.

Nunez Shoal
This shoal is located south of Malapascua and is a perfect combination with Calanggaman Island. Walls are covered with soft corals, the plateau is covered in hard & soft corals and the fish life is much better than around the waters of Malapascua. With a little bit of luck, blue ring octopus can be spotted here as well.

Gato Island
Within 45 min by boat we can reach Gato Island. Gato is famous for its sea snakes and big whitetip reef sharks, which are resting in small caves underneath some rocks. A very beautiful dive is the tunnel, where you start from the north east and exit at the west side of Gato Island, especially if one or two white tip reef sharks are waiting you at the exit. It’s one of the best locations in the Visayas sea with an unbelievable variety of underwater life. Stunning rock formations, swim throughs and a lot more awaits you at this top dive site.

Doña Marilyn
The ferry became a victim of a typhoon named “Ruby” on the 23rd October 1988. It was a passenger ferry from Leyte to Cebu and a lot of people died on that last trip. To show respect, we do not penetrate the wreck. It’s resting on the starboard side on a sandy bottom at a max. depth of 32m. The top of the wreck is in about 16m depths.The hull is completely covered in a garden of huge black corals. The entire wreck has a high variety of sea life. Here you can find everything from frogfish, nudibranch, whitetip reef sharks, marble ray, eagle ray, different pipefish and so much more. Nitrox 32% is recommended.

Maria’s Point
Far away and a great combination is Maria´s Point with the wreck of the Dona Marilyn or Gato Island. A small rock is coming out of the water and it goes down on the west and south side like a pyramid. It is covered with soft and hard corals in a diversity Malapascua can´t offer. There is not much fish neither critters around, but the colorful pyramid makes it a divers dream. Strong currents can be found there but it is still suitable for beginners and advanced.

Evo Reef
A sandy area full of surprises! It is amazing how many critters you can find on a field of sea grass. Hairy frogfish, seahorses and sea moth are residents over there. Plans of making an artificial reef have been implemented and the result can be admired during every dive.

Before a beautiful coral garden, with corals just growing right under the surface and sloping down to a max depth of 12m – perfect for all divers. But sad to say, all these corals have been washed away by typhoon “Yolanda” and we don’t take any divers there anymore.

Deep Slope
A very diverse dive site which offers a unique underwater sand dune, with a lot of garden eels. The bottom is covered in sand and rubble in which flamboyant cuttlefish are sometimes trying to hide. Pygmy seahorses, yellow and pink ones can be seen inside the different sea fans along that reef. The sand dune slowly turns in to a small wall which is covered in soft corals. Cracks inside the wall offer a perfect place for frogfish to hide and to wait for their next prey. All in all a very interesting dive site for beginners and advanced divers.

Lapus Pinnacle
The underwater pinnacle is situated close to the dive site of LapusLapus and can be reached within 15 min. by boat. The shallow part starts in about 12m depth and slopes down to around 15m where it turns into a small wall. Pristine soft corals, sea fans and hard corals cover the wall which goes down to a max depth of 22m and turns into a sandy bottom. A lot of different nudibranchs, frogfish, lionfish, needlefish, pipefish and much more can be spotted on that dive site which is good for beginners to more advanced divers.

Dakit Dakit
The only dive site which can be seen from the dive center of Sea Explorers. Small rocks are coming out of the water and make a stunning atmosphere especially during sunset. Strong currents can be found at this dive site, but during other times of the day it is a perfect dive site for check-up dives, open water and advanced divers. Between those soft corals you will find flatworms, nudibranchs and different shrimps. Schools of small sardines hiding in these waters while tunas and jacks often patrolling the place in hope to find some prey.

A beautiful island located further north of Malapascua. This is a full day trip and the journey to that piece of paradise is only 3 hours away. Visibility is normally better than at other dive sites around Malapascua. Huge sea fans and a slope with breathtaking black corals in different colors are covering the bottom at one of these dive sites. A big diversity of reef fish such as sweet lips, parrot fish, groupers, turtles and much more can be seen here. Also black tip reef sharks are often spotted around Sambawan Island.

A huge volcano lies a little bit further north of Leyte. Dark sand covers the beaches and the bottom of the sea around Maripipi. Muck diving must be absolutely amazing here and can be compared to Dauin. For now we only found 2 great dive spots around this island, but many more are waiting to be discovered. Maybe you will become a Sea Explorer yourself one day.

Blue Corner
The dive site is a training site and located only 5 min. away from Sea Explorers Dive Center at the south western side of Malapascua Island. The bay is very shallow and slopes gently down to a max. depth of 12m. The entire bottom is covered with sand and some patches with sea grass where you can find sometimes seahorses or ghostpipefish inside. Definitely only for absolute beginners to do their confined water skills or their first discover scuba dive.

Data en prijzen

Prijzen geldig tot 31/12/2019 vanaf:
gedeelde 2-persoonskamer: PHP 13.000 (€210)*
single: PHP 23.500 (€395)*

  • 5 overnachtingen in deluxe garden kamer Ocean Vida
  • ontbijt
Niet inbegrepen:
  • Internationale en lokale vluchten
  • Transfert tussen de eilanden en luchthaven.
    Een idee van prijs (transfert steeds vanaf 2 personen): 
      Malapasqua - Cabilao PHP 6.150 (€103)*/persoon 
      luchthaven Cebu - Malapasqua PHP 2.750 (€46)*/persoon
  • Duikpakketten:
    10 duiken te verdelen over de verschillende resorts PHP 18.500 (€310)*
    20 duiken te verdelen over de verschillende resorts PHP 36.000 (€604)*
    extra duiken bovenop pakket van 20 duiken PHP 1.750 (€29)*
    prijzen voor de duiken enkel geldig bij boeking via Wild Water. Duiken op locatie bij nemen zijn duurder !!!
  • Fooien
  • Taksen en vergunningen
  • Persoonlijke uitgaven
  • Maaltijden en dranken

* wisselkoers 27/11/2018

Meer info

Internationaal Reispas nodig, nog minimum 6 maanden geldig op datum terugreis.
Geen visum nodig voor Belgen en Nederlanders (verblijf < 21 dagen)
Indien het verblijf op de Filippijnen langer is dan 21 dagen, dan is een visum verplicht.

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