Diving trip with Anders Salesjö to Malapascua and Southern Leyte in the Philippines. The trip goes over Easter 2027.
Price from SEK 39 * Date 20 March – 02 Apr. 

Experience - Malapascua and Southern Leyte are located in the central and eastern parts of the Philippines. Malapascua has managed to build a reputation both for divers and backpackers, and mainly the magical fox sharks or thresher sharks have made the place almost mythical. Southern Leyte is not yet that developed for diving and mass tourism has not yet found its way here. The area around Sogod Bay is known for whale sharks in season and other cartilaginous fish are also regularly seen here such as manta rays and sometimes also hammerhead sharks, reef sharks and lots of other fish.

The diving at the various sites is done from a traditional Filipino bangka boat and is simple. Tank and weights are included and we have booked 22 dives in advance with 10 at Malapascua + 12 dives in Södra Leyte* at the various locations. More diving can of course be booked on site. * – of which 2 night dives

One of the world's most beautiful coral walls is here at Southern Leyte and the Napantao dive site, pure magic! The thresher sharks at Kimod shoal in Malapascua are an almost magical experience that should be on every diver's wish list. At Southern Leyte, we will of course follow up on the coral planting project that we have been involved in before and which was very much appreciated. 

Marine biology and UV photo - On the trip, you will dive and experience the animals on the coral reefs. At the same time, you also have the opportunity to learn more about corals and other animals you see. Our ambassador Anders Salesjö will hold regular gatherings where he will show pictures and tell more about the animals below the surface. If you are an underwater photographer and want help with lens selection and camera settings, etc., Anders is always at hand

Your accommodation – At Malapascua you simply live at a diving resort and you have the beach around you most of the time. In Southern Leyte, we stay at a small, simple family-run resort in Padre Burgos. The Ocean View rooms are small and simple and are located directly on the beach in direct connection to the main building. The majority of the time you will not be in your room and the luxury is to be here away from mass tourism. Breakfast is included at both places and we buy other meals on site. 

Ambassador Anders Salesjö - Anders is a marine biologist and underwater photographer and works everyday teaching marine biology. He is extremely curious about the animal life below the surface and can never get enough of being down there with his camera. He is also passionate about communicating his experiences from the world below the surface to others. Anders' view is that it is very important to spread knowledge about life below the surface. 

* NOTE Note  A- The price of the trip is very roughly estimated in February 2024 based on prices we can relate to for 2025. The price may be adjusted before 2027 depending on foreign operators' price changes, flight prices and exchange rates. Only fully paid arrangements guarantee a fixed price

Read about Southern Leyte: >> Travel blog

Features

TRAVEL DESTINATION
MALAPASCUA and SOUTHERN LEYTE

DATE OF DEPARTURE
MARCH 20, 2027

RETURN DATE
02 APR 2027

LENGTH OF THE TRIP
12 NIGHTS

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT
COUNTRY BASED

LIVING
RESORTS

TARGET GROUP
DIVER

WORKSHOP
MARINE BIOLOGY

GROUP LEADER
ANDERS SALESJÖ

MAX NUMBER OF TRAVELERS
16

PRICE PER PERSON
from SEK 39 *

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COMPLETE TRAVEL INFORMATION

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You start your journey by flying to Cebu City and here you will take out your luggage and go through immigration and then have a night there to catch up with the time zone and rest up after a long journey. The next day we take you on to Malapascua and experience the diving at this lovely island. After Malapascua it will be a trip to Southern Leyte and experience the tranquility and the fine reefs and the exciting marine life.

In both places you have breakfast included during the stay and a diving package with 10 + 12 dives pre-booked. After a total of 12 nights of accommodation and hopefully lots of new experiences and filled with new knowledge, we will make our way back to Manila to rebook an international flight and travel back to Scandinavia.
 
During your dive you will have the chance to experience a lot such as thresher sharks, reef sharks, pygmy seahorses, frogfish, ghost pipefish, scorpion fish, nudibranchs, moray eels, octopuses, turtles, beautiful reefs, magical coral walls and lots of other fish. Join me for what I call a bit of the unknown or as yet unexploited Philippines, 

Itinerary – Day by day

Day 1
We leave Scandinavia and fly to Cebu in the Philippines.

Day 2
Arrival and we take you to the airport hotel in Cebu, Share in a double room including breakfast

Day 3
After breakfast transfer to Malapascua by car and ferry

Day 3-8
05 nights' accommodation at Malapscua, part in a double room including breakfast
Dive package with 10 dives incl., tank, weights, guide, boat. Diving one day to Gato island with 2 dives including lunch is included in these 10 dives.
Diving at Kimod Shoal and thresher sharks are included in the diving package. Marine park fees are added on site.

Day 8
Transfer to Cebu port and ferry in the afternoon to Southern Leyte
Meeting and transfer to your accommodation.

Day 8 – 14

You stay in shared Ocean View rooms where breakfast is included. Here you will dive every day in Leyte with Bent where you will experience everything that Leyte has to offer. The package includes 12 pre-booked dives including tank, weights, guide and boat. Marine park fees are added on site.

Day 14
After breakfast, transfer to the airport, fly back to Manila, where we will change flights and then return home or continue the adventure for those who wish to extend.

Day 15
Back in Scandinavia.

Please note!
Our program is only a preliminary plan that is influenced based on the external conditions that the weather gods reward us with, possible flight changes or other external circumstances. This means that we may have to move activities and dive sites to other days and also replace planned activities with alternatives if required. We ask you to be flexible.