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Asian Diver (English) - - Editor’s Note - Text & im­ages by Hen­ley Spiers

Text by Roni Ben-Aharon

Im­ages by var­i­ous con­trib­u­tors

Wrecks, muck, wild to­pog­ra­phy – with some­thing for ev­ery­one, Puerto Galera has it all

This world-fa­mous shark des­ti­na­tion of­fers the in­trepid diver a rich va­ri­ety of un­der­wa­ter de­lights

UT­TER THE WORD “MALA­PAS­CUA”

to any­one in the dive com­mu­nity and you will see their eyes widen with ex­cite­ment and hear the words “thresher sharks” fall from their mouths. In the un­der­wa­ter world, there is prob­a­bly nowhere else that is both so small and has at­tained such a sin­gu­lar rep­u­ta­tion. It is in­deed the best place to see the elu­sive thresher shark and a pil­grim­age to Mala­pas­cua sits high on most divers’ bucket list.

I too have re­peat­edly been drawn back to this is­land par­adise in search of threshers, but Mala­pas­cua is about so much more than sharks…

THRESHERS AT DAWN

The quest to see a thresher doesn’t come without a lit­tle pain. These sharks spend most of their time in deep pelagic wa­ters, be­low the reaches of recre­ational div­ing, and their for­ays into the shal­lower wa­ters are hard to pre­dict. In the 1990s, divers first took the plunge at Monad Shoal, a seamount in mid­dle of the ocean and a thresher shark clean­ing sta­tion.

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