“I can mention many moments that were unforgettable and revelatory. But the most single revelatory three minutes was the first time I put on scuba gear and dived on a coral reef. It’s just the unbelievable fact that you can move in three dimensions.”
Sir David Attenborough
We are passionate about the marine environment. Indeed, our work on Malapascua has been wholly inspired by our time spent under water. And if you haven’t been already, we have no doubt that you will be inspired also. Experiencing the wonder of the underwater world is a door that can only be opened by learning to scuba dive.
Malapascua has achieved a certain amount of notoriety in recent years. The nearby dive site of Monad Shoal offers intimate encounters with the local population of Thresher Sharks that are hard to experience in other locations in the world.
But the island also has plenty more to offer. To date we have surveyed nine distinct sites around Malapascua. We have visited both sites that are popular diving destinations but also, quite deliberately, others that are less so. What we have found is a diverse range of habitats from stunning soft coral reefs in the north, to expansive and diverse hard coral reefs in the east, and seagrass beds further south. What makes these special is the amazing array of creatures that can be encountered. There are not big schools of pelagic fish, and the reefs have been subject to a number of stresses (most notably two significant recent typhoons), yet the diving will keep you captivated.
Your Health & Safety
Your safety, and that of all our staff, is a top priority on all our expeditions – both while diving and on land. All of our staff are First Aid trained and we we conduct regular training rescue scenarios as standard. Expeditions begin with a thorough brief on all safety related aspects of your stay on the island. Our medical evacuation plans, typhoon evacuation plans and site risk assessments will all be introduced and explained.
Our diving policy has been developed on the back of many years of experience in conducting research diving operations in remote locations. Given that distance of Malapascua from the nearest recompression facility, our diving rules adopt a conservative approach, without limiting your diving experience and enjoyment during your expediton. All People and the Sea diving staff are trained in rescue techniques and management practices. Oxygen and First aid kits are carried on all dive boats as standard.
Diver? Non-Diver? In fact it doesn’t make so much difference to us. Both are welcome. However, if you want to contribute to our marine habitat survey programme, SCUBA training will be required if you have never dived before. Please note that we do accept non-diving volunteers also. Please contact us directly to find out more about what this expedition option involves.
Any required SCUBA instruction will be completed on-site by one of our highly experienced team. Being the most recognised and popular training agency in the world, all training courses are PADI qualifications. We do require that all divers hold a level of PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent from another training agency) in order to participate in surveys.
Your course(s) will involve a self-study element that you will complete at home before flying out to join us. Upon arrival, we will get in to the water as soon as possible to start your journey. The nature of our operational setup allows us to be flexible in our scheduling. We will ensure that we allow you to learn at a relaxed pace that gives you the time necessary to develop into a competent and safe diver.
If you are already an Advanced Open Water diver but would like to further your qualifications, we do offer a full range of courses that you can do while with us. Please get in touch to find out we can offer during your expedition.
Diving involves a lot of equipment. Conducting the habitat surveys requires even more! A lot of this kit can be bulky and heavy. Your expedition fee includes the hire of the following equipment items:
- Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)
- Full Regulator set
- Dive cylinders
- All survey equipment – transects, slates, quadrats, GPS
Of course, if you do already own these items, you are welcome to bring your own along.
As part of our commitment to your safety, we guarantee that all of our rental equipment is serviced by qualified technicians on an annual basis.
Dive computers are considered mandatory on all dives. People and the Sea has dive computers available for rental for the duration of your expedition. The cost of this is 3000 PHP (approx €50) per month, but this is NOT included in the expedition fee.
Not included in the expedition fee are the following items.
- Wetsuit – we recommend at least a full 3mm suit
- Mask & snorkel
- Wetsuit Boots
It is recommended that you invest in these personal items yourself before you depart. Failing that, it is possible to hire these items from dive centres on the island (not People and the Sea). However, the rental fees (between 3-5 Euros per item, per day) can quickly mount up and so rental does not always represent the most economical option!