Scuba diving in Gato Island underwater in Malapascua, Philippines

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  • Location:  11°26'49" N 124°1'13" E
  • Number of sites: one site
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • State:   Malapascua                                                                
  • Region:   Malapascua

Scuba diving in Gato Island underwater in Malapascua

As a fan of scuba diving, Gato Island in Malapascua is a great place where you will be able to get an amazing experience in diving. Here you will be able to scuba dive to whatever depth you can according to your own experience and skills. The good thing is that the depth in the Island varies, so even if you are not skilled in scuba diving there are shallow waters where you can enjoy this adventure.

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When you arrive in Gato Island for underwater scuba diving, you will just be amazed by the high number of people you will meet here who come specifically to scuba dive. If you decide to come here during the weekend, this is the time that you will meet a lot of people because this is when most people have free time and enjoy their leisure time here as they scuba dive. The early morning here starts between five to six depending on the weather of the day. Here you will have high chances of seeing the sharks as you scuba dive. These are some of the animals that you may not be able to see when you scuba dive in other parts of the country, so you do not want to miss this great opportunity. In addition to the sharks, you may also be lucky to spot mobulas, hammerhead and manta rays if you decide to take the afternoon scuba dives. The best time to come here for scuba diving is between March to June.

Gato islands is also popular among many tourists because you will be able to see the white tip reef sharks, sea snakes that rest in some of the small caves under some of the big rocks that you encounter here. The best dive you can take is the tunnel, where you can begin from the north eastern side and exist at the western sides of the island. This will be a great experience of two or three tip reef sharks are waiting at the exit if the cave. This spot will also give you an amazing experience because of the wide range of underwater life that you come across here. In addition, there are also amazing rock formations and swim throughs. Other activities you can enjoy include snorkeling or swimming.

This is an island with that has lovely people so, you will also enjoy the interaction that you have with the locals and other tourists from other countries. Every year thousand of visitors come to this island with the intention of scuba diving and enjoy the amazing animals, plants and other features that they see when they are under the water. So, next time you visit Philippines do not miss this adventure and it will just make you relax and forget about your day to day hassles in your country.


When you visit Gato islands for scuba diving, accommodation should not be an issue. There are small resorts, hotels, lodges and even campsites where you can spend your good times at an affordable cost. 

Rakesh Nahak
  • Continent: Asia
  • Country: Philippines
  • State: All States in Philippines
  • Zone: east
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  • Location: Malapascua
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