Resorts

TEPANEE RESORT AND THRESHER SHARK DIVERS, MALAPASCUA, PHILIPPINES


The Tepanee Resort is a relatively new resort which we believe is the most reliable and best run accommodation option on Malapascua. The resort comprises a small number of air-conditioned cottages which are basic but clean and pleasant with a small balcony and en-suite bathroom facilities. Rooms have small fridges and safes. The resort is tucked away in a quiet corner of the island about a five to ten minute walk away from the dive centre. Should you wish for evening entertainment you may have to wander a little way to find the nearest karaoke hotspot. The Tepanee has no restaurant or food preparation facilities. Meals are normally taken at Oscar’s at the dive centre.

Located on the southern tip of the island is Thresher Shark Divers, owned and operated by British couple Andrea Agarwal and Trevor Holmes who arrived for two days and decided to stay indefinitely! Thresher Shark Divers is an award winning PADI 5 Star IDC centre with an impeccable safety record. Andrea places great emphasis on personal service and has fostered a welcoming and friendly atmosphere at the dive centre, and runs an efficient operation for keen divers and photographers. The dive centre is clean and well organized and your kit will be looked after attentively for the duration of your stay. Up to four dive boats may used throughout the day. Two small flat bottomed shuttle boats can quickly transport divers to and from nearby dive sites. A larger speedboat with shelter is used for day trips. Usually boats depart four times a day, including for night dives.

A small dedicated camera room with charging stations and good lighting is the most recent addition to the dive centre.

The dive staff comprise local guides who know the waters around Malapascua very well, as well as international Divemasters and Instructors, for whom nothing is too much trouble. The staff are thoroughly adept at handling camera equipment, finding subjects for photographers or even modeling.

Rinse tanks are available for dive equipment and cameras. Outside freshwater showers are available at the dive centre for that all important post-dive rinse! A bathroom and changing room are also located at the dive shop. Several Marine Life ID books are available in the dive shop. The dive shop is modest, with a small selection of items to purchase including batteries, t-shirts, rash vests and other small items. Plans are afoot for a dedicated camera room with charging facilities, but for now cameras need to be taken back to your bedroom in order to download images or charge batteries. Dive staff are always very willing to help you back to The Tepanee with your equipment.

Nitrox is available. A full range of equipment is available to hire by pre-booking. For the hardcore diver, Thresher Shark Divers offer technical diving and Trimix. There is even a speciality Thresher Shark course you can take. The PADI Thresher Shark Diver Specialty course is exclusive to Thresher Shark Divers. It was written by the owners of Thresher Shark Divers in conjunction with PADI. The course will teach you many fascinating facts about sharks in general, and specifically Thresher Sharks.

Malapascua Island is about a three and a half to four hour road and boat journey from Cebu airport. There are few shops on the island and it is recommended that you take anything that you think you may need with you as you may not be able to buy items which are readily available at home. It is of great advantage to make the boat crossing from Cebu to Malapascua in the daytime. As such we recommend that you arrive into Cebu no later than 1300 on your day of arrival.

As many of the accommodations on Malapascua do not have dining facilities on-site, Thresher Shark Divers have their own ‘Pub and Restaurant’. Oscar’s has a distinctly British feel to it, complete with British beers and a big screen television showing Premier League football matches! Located above the dive centre, Oscar’s offers a range of international dishes and is a great place to get breakfast before the diving day begins. Great emphasis is placed on hygiene and food safety standards. A small number of other local restaurants are nearby including Angelina’s, an Italian restaurant that will deliver to Oscar’s!

Price: From about £493 (US$666, €579)

Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation on a twin/share basis in an air conditioned room at Tepanee Resort
  • Breakfast daily
  • 10 dives on air
  • dive guide
  • Return road and boat transfers

Upgrades to other room types are available: Please contact us.

Stays can be of any length. Prices above relate to a stay of 7 nights.

Upgrades to other room types are available: Please contact us.

Reduced rates available for non-divers.

Single Occupancy Supplement: Please contact us.

Air Travel: Our in-house IATA ticket agency can arrange your air travel in connection with your holiday from a departure point anywhere in the world, or you may arrange your own air travel if you prefer. We can tailor-make your itinerary to your personal requirements, so if you would like to make a stop-over or two, make a side trip to some other destination, or travel business class rather than economy, we will be happy to assist. Please contact us about your air travel requirements.


The Thresher Shark Divers team (Jeremy Cuff)


Exterior view of the Tepanee Resort (Jeremy Cuff)


The Tepanee Resort from the outside (Jeremy Cuff)


The view from The Tepanee! (Jeremy Cuff)


One of the balconies on the Tepanee (Jeremy Cuff)


Double room interior at the Tepanee (Jeremy Cuff)


Double room interior at the Tepanee (Jeremy Cuff)


Bathroom interior at The Tepanee (Jeremy Cuff)

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