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Underwater Photo Location: Malapascua Island/Cebu

Underwater Photo Location: Malapascua Island/Cebu

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Monad Shoal is about a 15-20 minute boat ride from Malapascua Island. Malapascua Island is found off the northern end of the island of Cebu in the Philippines. It is accessed by ferry from the town of Maya. Monad Shoal is one of the few areas where you can routinely sight Thresher Sharks. It's not a 100% and there can be dry spells. I sighted Threshers in 3 out of 4 dives when made at the right time of day. In late October, early November, that means being in the water around 6 AM. I made a couple of dives later in the morning. No Threshers, but did see a nice octopus on one dive and some nice nudibranchs including a Neon Slug on the other. I made two afternoon dives there. On the first we had a nice Manta Ray sighting. It swooped in over us and just kept circling out and back in. My buddy with the video camera got 18 minutes of footage! On the other afternoon dive I made we didn't see Manta's that day, but I did see a couple of nice stonefish. It's in an exposed are and there can be a current, so something to be aware of. Visibility on a good day can be 60 ft+.... the average is closer to 30 ft. Lots of small fish life... cleaner wrasse, some anemone's and clownfish, saw some nice size batfish on one dive. All in all definitely worth the trip!
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by Juerg Ziegler
Eye to Eye with Devilfish !

by Juerg Ziegler
latest bike-fashion on Malapascua: 74 Year old snorkeling Grandma

by Juerg Ziegler
Crab during night dive

by Juerg Ziegler
Mantis Hammer Shrimp with eggs! Hopy you all like this rare shot...

by Juerg Ziegler
Hi - doyou want to join me in this beautiful anemoune ?

by Juerg Ziegler
beautiful but deadly...

by Daniel Strub
Shot taken during the early morning dive, 6:30 am - and i woke up Mitch :-) - at Monad Shoal, while waiting for the Threshers ... who by the way were also seen :-)) whata great spot, i LOVE it

by Jörg Menge
ZEBRA Zebra Crab (Urchin Crab) - Zebrida adamsii - Zebrakrabbe

by Jörg Menge
Tresher Shark Fuchshai

by Afflitti Gianluca

by Nadya Kulagina

by Brian Law
Taken on my last dive in Malapascua Los Bamboos

by Seania Wing
close up of a crown of thorn seastar

by Jonathan Sala
Chromodoris Coi, Malapasqua Island

by Jonathan Sala
Phyllidia Ocellata, Malapasqua Island

by Lance Teo
Portrait Frog Fish

by Lance Teo
Black and Red

by Lance Teo
Nom Nom Feeding time!

by Lance Teo
Cat food!

by Lance Teo
Shrimp on Feather Star

by Mona Dienhart

by Babula Mikulova

by Henrik Gram Rasmussen
Frog Face

by Jonathan Sala

by Elly Jeurissen
Anemone hermit crab (Dardanus pedunculatus) @ Malapascua, Philippines 2014 Canon G12 in Canon WP-DC34 UW-housing, Inon UCL-165 macro lens, single strobe Sea&Sea YS-01. F8; 1/250 sec.; ISO 80 Only slightly cropped in the upper right corner

by Tommi Kokkola
Threadfin hawkfish at Malapascua, Philippines.

by Tolga Baloglu
Little one on the soft coral

by Taotao Yang
hermit crab

by Taotao Yang
Cat Face

by Jan Morton
Smiley Happy Nudibranch in a Colourful Dream

by Marc Damant
Sometimes at the end of a dive you just have to look up! Finishing with the Thresher Sharks of Malapasqua we started our assent back to the surface and the life above water!

by Tanakit Suwanyangyaun
Going back to reality....

by Irwin Ang
D U A L Soft croal porcelain crab (Lissoporcellana nakasonei) Malapascua Island, Philippines. December 2014

by Jan Morton
Two pregnant Saw Blade Shrimp on Whip Coral

by Stephen Tan
3 Clowns and an anemone.

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Black Frogfish

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Phanerobranch Dorids

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Lemon Nudibranch

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Nudibranch Nembrotha milleri

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Squat Shrimp (Anemone Shrimp) - Thor amboinensis on Tube Anemone

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Honeycomb Sea Star - Pentaceraster alveolatus

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Honeycomb Sea Star - Pentaceraster alveolatus

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Network Lamellaria / Black Velutinid - with litte Brittle Star on the top

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Velvety Sea Star - Leiaster speciosus

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Broadclub cuttlefish - Sepia latimanus

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Banded Boxer Shrimp - Stenopus hispidus

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Juvenile Oriental Flying Gurnard

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Spider Squat Lobster - Chirostylus sandyi (also known as Ch. dolichopus)

by Hansruedi Wuersten

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Spiral Coral - Stichopathes sp

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Tube Anemone - Cerianthus filiformis

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Oriental Flying Gurnard - Dactyloptena orientalis

by Hansruedi Wuersten
Chamberlain's Nembrotha - Nembrotha chamberlaini (before Nembrotha rutilans and Nembrotha purpureolineata)

by Yuping Chen
The Orange Beauty
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