I kind of ended up at Thresher Cove after I met the lovely girls again on the beach the day after my arrival, and they took me for a ride and a visit. Then there I was, stuck for about 10 days :) It is a bit far away from the Barrio and Bounty Beach, the 'heart' of the island, but you can get a motorbike anytime and it will only take you a couple of minutes. The good thing is: it is reeeeaaaally quiet and there are no roosters entertaining you at night, plus, there is a private beach AND a really nice and really big pool, that no one else has on the island!
As they are still in the process of bulding the bungalows, accomodation as such is not yet available, but in the meantime they've bought some tents, so if you are a diver you can stay for free until the resort will be officially opening. If you wish so the lovely staff will prepare breakfast and (local) meals for you pretty much any time of the day. What a caring bunch :)
At this moment I believe Thresher Cove is amongst the best value dive shops on Malapascua, more than fair rates for diving, brand new and high quality equipment, a new, very large and very comfortable Bangka to take you out (including a fantastic captain and a very helpful boat crew). Dive spots are pretty cool, and besides the amazing thresher sharks you can see pretty much anything from reef sharks to pygmy seahorses and ma(hoo)sive nudibranchs :) The dive guides Balt and Vic have magic eyes! Trust me, they know their "hood" ;-)
I did my Rescue Diver with (as I understood) co-owner / dive instructor Dario. I would say: sometimes though, but definitely great learning experience!
More than anything else though it is the staff and the other divers I met that made my stay so enjoyable. The ever smiling security guys, the friendly construction workers, the lovely girls all around the kitchen and soon to be resort area, the team at the dive shop, Richard, the man that never sleeps and always makes sure everyone is happy and healthy and generous Dario - that made us laugh a lot :)
After Yolanda, the incredibly strong typhoon in November 2013, everyone on the island is keen on rebuilding and it's amazing to see what devotion everyone puts into this. Visit Malapascua, go diving, see the beautiful thresher sharks and support the people on that lovely island!
I can't wait to go back and see what it will all look like once it's actually 'ready to rumble'!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- DIVE WITH THRESHER SHARKS, MANTAS, HAMMERHEADS, WHITE TIP SHARKS and MANY MORE at Thresher Cove, a specialist resort for divers. We have a mix of accommodation to suit all budgets, from backpackers to luxury travellers. Set in the diver's mecca of Malapascua Island, Cebu, in the Philippines. With large beautiful grounds, we off the chance to relax and dive in peace away from the noise of the public beach. Our private beach is a 100m strip of white sand that acts as a gateway to your diving adventures. Each day we offer you the chance to dive with thresher sharks. But we also dive with manta, hammer heads and white-tip sharks. For those who love macro life and photography then we will take you diving with pygmy sea horses, frog fish and a host of other amazing sea-life. But of course the main attraction is to dive with thresher sharks. For non-divers, we offer snorkelling, our own beach has wonderful snorkelling, canoeing, swimming in our pool, volleyball, badminton, billiards/pool or just relaxing spa treatments. Our restaurant has rapidly gained a reputation for excellent healthy, fresh foods to suit most budgets and tastes, and includes an extensive vegetarian selection. We even make our own bread, baguettes and croissant. Accommodation is designed to look native on the outside but retains inside, everything you expect from a great resort, air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, comfortable beds and pillows, satellite TV, free wifi and a refrigerator. We try to make Thresher Cove your home in the Philippines. So if you just want to relax or to dive with thresher sharks and other amazing sea life then please contact us. We off many special packages for instance free accommodation when you learn to dive with us. We hope to see you soon in Thresher Cove Resort & Dive Centre ... more less
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