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“Great diving experience day and night”

Thresher Shark Divers
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10 Dive Package in Malapascua Island
Ranked #4 of 23 Tours in Malapascua Island
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Owner description: PADI 5 Star CDC Dive Center, located on Malapascua Island in the Philippines. Offering daily thresher shark dives, mantas, hammerheads, reefs and wrecks, macro and muck diving, mating mandarin fish, seahorses, frogfish and much more. Small groups with experienced Divemasters and Instructors. TSD offers all the local dives sites, a full range of PADI courses from beginner to Instructor, dive internships and technical diving. British owned and run, professional and safe, with 15 years experience on Malapascua.
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

We have been travelling around Indonesia and the Philippines for months and this was the most professional and best organised dive center we had come across for some time. Very flexible and laidback with a great post-diving atmosphere in the bar.

We turned up on the Island and wanted to dive with either TSD or Evolution but we found it much friendlier here and were not disappointed. We did not like the atmosphere at Evolution.

Diving is excellent, we did see the Thresher Sharks although the visibility was not so good. The other dive sites are great though. in particular the Gato Island trip and Deep Rock. We had a guide called Gibb at Gato Island and he pointed something new and unusual every 5 minutes! The dusk dive is great too with the seahorses and mating mandarin fish.

Rental equipment was in good condition and pretty new. Boats nice. We did ten dives in the end and stayed on the Island for 12 nights as we loved it so much.

Only room for improvement (and really we loved it here, this is just picking at the edges) are:
- i would include a boat briefing so people know what to expect from the day, and where the loos are etc (of course, it doesnt take long to work this out!)
- when there are just local divemasters on the boat there is no-one organising things. For example, when we had a day trip with lunch included we had to wait for them to eat their own lunch at the back of the boat and then someone came after 20 minutes and said here are your sandwiches, help yourself. For such a well run centre the dive briefs are fairly poor too.
- There are too many added extras price wise (although I think this is the same at all the dive centers) and the "BBQ" lunch included in the Calamangan trip is overpriced and poor. (sticks of pork already grilled with plain rice - no BBQ in site and no salad/variety)

Having said that, we turned up at 5am one morning for the Thresher Shark dive and had ordered Nitrox but it wasn't in the book so they had no tanks ready. They quickly sorted this out with no fuss.

Overall it was a brilliant day and night diving experience and we would definitely recommend them.

Thank Angie5678
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

I was in Malapascua for 3 days and I had six great dives with the guys from this dive shop. They also found a great and inexpensive accomodation for me (seaside view from the balcony, mosquito net over the bed, very quiet and tidy). I even saw the famous thresher shark at my first dive! "She" was there with us for 20 minutes, swimming around, very curious about us. Nice dive sites and nice to dive there with somebody who really knows about them. I surely recommend this dive shop!

Thank dncmrc
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Reviewed July 5, 2011

I've led 2 groups to TSD , the first being an "familiarization" trip with 7 others, the second with 17 for 6 days. There aren't too many dive businesses that can really provide the feeling of individualized service to a group of this size. They did it remarkably well.

The food was excellent with a wide variety of styles, the guides superb, and the diving is very, very good. We stayed at the Tepanee Resort, a short 3 min walk from the dive shop and if you want a quiet place in the evening, THIS is the place to stay. All in all, the title says ti all. Going back next year.

Thank Peteguam
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Reviewed July 5, 2011

Used the services of TSD with a group of 20 friends from eight different countries (USA, France, Germany, UK, Spain, Canada, Czech Republic, and Turkey). Despite our size and national variety, TSD met all expectations. Organized services, quality guides, and friendly staff really set the standard for a great experience! ~www.shapesubaqua.com

Thank BooBooSquash
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Reviewed June 23, 2011

Well established IDC development centre which has expanded a lot since our last visit in 2007.

Despite the increase in size service remains high with friendly attentive boat & dive crews. Well guided dives in small groups. Thresher sharks seen on the Monad shoal dive on each of our three days on the island (an add on to a liveaboard trip in the Sulu sea). Highly recomended and good value for the service.

Oscars bar & restaurant above the dive centre does good food, friendly service and is a good place to relax after a days diving; especially good for quick service breakfasts and lunches which can take an age in some restaurants on the island. Reasonable wi-fi speeds included free when diving with TSD.

TSD do not maintain accomodation so can tailor packages to you own needs rather than being tied to one place. Transfers etc all timely & efficient in comfortable vehicles.

Thank martin_roberts
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