3 Stars

17 Hours

Beginner, All

From £1295


Exotic Dive & Beach Resort

The Exotic Dive & Beach is the pioneer dive resort in Malapascua, established in 1998 Exotic has grown over the years and now is the largest dive resort on the island. It offers dive enthusiasts the perfect place to holiday and enjoy underwater delights including colourful mandarin fish, thresher sharks, mantas and pygmy seahorses to name but a few, without compromising its original laid-back charm and outstanding service. This idyllic resort is blessed with a tropical palm fringed white sandy beach and clear turquoise waters perfect for relaxing on and swimming in. It also offers a beautiful beach garden with hammocks for guests too relax in and watch the world go by making it the kind of pacific island paradise you dream about.

The Exotic Dive and Beach resort consists of 30 rooms that can accommodate all budgets including 8 super deluxe, 16 deluxe, 4 beachfront deluxe and 2 standards. All rooms are impeccably decorated and consist of a private bathroom, a balcony and 24 hour electricity supply.

The resort’s outstanding restaurant offers a wide range of delicious dishes to suit all palates. Guests can enjoy an array of mouth-watering delights ranging from fresh salads and sandwiches served on freshly baked bread to local Philippine and international cuisines. The coffee corner boasts the best and freshest brewed coffee on the island or if you prefer to sample a draft San Miguel beer, it is the only place on the island where draft beer is available.

You can now view the resort, the food menu and diving facilities before you arrive > Click HERE to download the app.

The onsite Exotic PADI dive centre is staffed by experienced friendly dive professionals and offers a wide range of courses from open water to try dives including a variety of PADI specialities, as well as the centres own specific Thresher Shark speciality course. Malapascua is known for some of the best shark diving in the Philippines, famous for thresher sharks which can be seen at any time of year at Monad Shoal and Kemod Shoal. This area is reputedly the only place in the world where thresher sharks can be seen within recreational diver limits on a regular basis. The dive centre owns the largest boat fleet on the island enabling them to offer diving experiences that suit guest’s needs and the experienced guides lead small groups of divers ensuring you get the most out of your dive.

Exotic is lucky enough to have its own house reef which is not to be missed. The reef starts at 5 metres, it slopes down to 13 metres and between the coral and scattered patches of sea grass there is a wide variety of macro fish life to be found. The house reef coupled with the amazing artificial structures the resort has been working on for several years including a coral encrusted sunken jeep, a large wire, concrete structures and a few old boats creates the perfect habitat for corals and sea life to flourish. This one of a kind exclusive house reef is suitable for beginner divers right through to seasoned divers; even photographers will love this site.

Board Basis

Bed & Breakfast Daily breakfast
Half Board Daily breakfast and dinner
Full Board Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
Deluxe with Double Bed

Deluxe Room

The 16 spacious deluxe rooms consist of 2 twin beds or a double bed, an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water and sliding doors that open onto a private balcony to enjoy the overlooking of the lush tropical flowers and garden.

  • Mini Bar
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Satellite Channels
  • Mini Fridge
  • T.V.
  • Balcony
Super Deluxe Room

Super Deluxe Room

The 8 spacious super deluxe rooms are elegantly designed with 2 comfortable queen size beds, an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water and sliding doors that open onto a private balcony to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and give you the opportunity to wind down after your day’s diving.

  • Mini Bar
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Satellite Channels
  • Mini Fridge
  • T.V.
  • Balcony

Beachfront Deluxe Room

The 4 spacious beachfront deluxe rooms with air conditioning are spacious and offer twin single beds or a double bed and an extended private balcony. These rooms are located on the beachfront close to the restaurant and bar.

  • Mini Bar
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Satellite Channels
  • Mini Fridge
  • T.V.
  • Balcony
Super Deluxe

Standard Room with Air-conditioning

The 2 spacious standard rooms with air-conditioning offer twin single beds, an individual controlled air conditioner and an extended private balcony. These rooms are located near the beachfront, restaurant and bar.

  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony



Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Tony & Alison B. – 11 Nights at the Exotic Dive & Beach Resort

Diving Holidays at Philippines in Malapascua island staying at the Exotic Dive & Beach Resort with daily diving.

Tony & Alison B. – 11 Nights at the Exotic Dive & Beach Resort

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What Our Customers Have To Say

Reviews from our Clients, Journalists, Photo Pro's and our own Experts

Our reviews and blogs are an additional guide to evaluate of the holiday is exactly what you are looking for or not. Some love an Eco-Resort, some love air-con and a flat screen TV, we aim to ensure you get what you are looking for, at great value for money.

Malapascua and Dumaguete

Our 2 centre diving holiday in the Philippines, organised by Marcelina Jesus from Ultimate Diving, was faultless and well thought out, it was only the local weather conditions, road infrastructures and our lack of speaking the local language that prevented it from being 100% for us. However the centres and Marcelina’s organisation were faultless. The things seen at the diving sites went beyond all Expectations of the diver with the dive guides pointing out small life which could easily have been missed by me.

Morgan R

11 Nights at the Exotic Dive & Beach Resort

The holiday was absolutely great, very relaxing. The location was wonderful, the dive team very professional and the guides excellent. The weather was as could be expected sunny and warm, the hotel very clean and well run and the food in the restaurant brilliant with so much choice. All in all I can’t say enough for the holiday we both had a great time and were very sad to leave.

Tony & Alison

Philippines diving holiday

Chris felt that his holiday to the Philippines was good value for money and that the diving destination was absolutely spot on, no issues what-so-ever. He stayed in the Exotic Dive and Beach Resort, of which he said was “brilliant, really clean and nice, excellent staff” and the Coron Hilltop View resort was also to the same standards. Speaking of the dive centres and hotel experience, he said he found both “First class, absolutely unbelievable, 10 out of 10. The staff were really friendly, really helpful, absolutely spectacular! Legendary!” Mr Lannin also said “The holiday itself was fantastic, I couldn’t have asked for any more of Holly, the girl who put together my holiday, everything she arranged ran absolutely smoothly which helped to make my holiday amazing. I asked Chris to rate us out of 10, 10 being the best and his response was 11, saying that everything was over and above his expectations and that he would most definitely be booking his diving holiday with Ultimate Diving again next year!

Lannin C

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Exotic Dive Shop

Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort

The Exotic Dive Centre was the first 5 Star PADI dive shop on the island and continues to be the leader in service, equipment, guides and professionalism. The centre provides all PADI courses from beginner such as discover scuba and open water to professional dive master and assistant instructor levels. There is also a wide array of specialty courses including their very own PADI approved Thresher Shark course.

The dive shop can cater to both small and large groups of divers as well as individuals with 2 full time instructors, 4 assistant instructors and 2 dive masters at your service and they will do their best to make sure you have a remarkable experience in Malapascua. The dive shop fleet consists of 4 large bancas, 1 flat boat and a new speed boat, all fully equipped with experienced boat and dive crews.

At Exotic Dive the team will ensure you received the best dive schedule suitable to your ability and you can dive once, twice or three times a day on sites close by or up to 2 hours away! The experienced staff will sit down and plan out the following day’s diving with you ensuring all needs are met.

Diving Courses:

All courses include equipment, manuals, certification fees and instructor services.

Important notices:

Dive packages are based on two dives a day. The Sanctuary fee of EUR3 per day is applied on all dive sites. This is for both divers and students. Please also note there is a Monad Shoal Fee of EUR1 and local charges to special trips like the Dona Marilyn Wreck and Calanggaman Island will apply locally. /

Divers who are certified as a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent certification from another training organization are not certified to dive any deeper than 18 meters (60 feet). Malapascua has a number of dive sites which are deeper than 18 meters including Monad Shoal, Ubang Bato and the Doña Marilyn wreck.

Equipment Rental: per dive

PADI Discover Scuba Diving

This course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. If you're short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you.

The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:

PADI Scuba Review

Refresh your scuba diving skills and knowledge. Go over important dive safety concepts.

You’ll go over important dive safety concepts, dive planning essentials and problem management. Your PADI Professional will have you practice putting your gear together and doing a pre-dive safety check with your buddy. In the water, you’ll review all the basic scuba skills with a focus on good buoyancy control.

PADI Scuba Diver

This course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Dive Course. If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, The PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you.

The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:

PADI Open Water Diver

This is the most popular dive program in the world! And can be your chance to have a lifetime of intense adventures.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge Development ( online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

The Advanced Open Water Diver program gives you the opportunity to take your diving skill to the next level through three new areas of diving.
You complete your Deep Dive, Underwater Navigation Dive, Night Dive and two other dives for a total of five to attain your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

This certification includes five dives, including the Deep Diver, the Underwater Navigation Diver and three of the following: You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.

The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.

PADI Online Open Water Diver

This is the most popular dive program in the world! And can be your chance to have a lifetime of intense adventures.

The Online PADI Open Water Course was recently launched by PADI and enables you to complete the theoretical training and knowledge development sessions online and then take the final exam and complete the confined and open water dives in resort.

This is an exclusive opportunity we run with Inmo Divers in Dahab. The cost of the online section is 120USD and can be completed within on the PADI E-Learning website .

From the beginning to end of the course, you will learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including areas such as dive equipment and techniques that will give you the confidence and skill to become a responsible diver.

You attain this rating by completing five pool dives and a number of knowledge development sessions with a final exam (which is not rocket science it’s just diving) and by completing four open water dives.

We also offer this course with 2 days diving for £197.

PADI Adventure Diver

After your Open Water course, why not start a PADI Adventure Diver course and complete some 'Adventure Dives'? You can also take part in just 1 or 2 Adventure Dives if you prefer and these will also count towards the Advanced certification.

To become a certified PADI Adventure Diver you will need to have achieved 3 Adventure Dives with a PADI certified Instructor. These can be completed in as little as 1 day.

A choice of 3 dives of your choice out of a long list of possibilities with an Instructor

PADI Bubblemaker

Experience scuba diving under the direct supervision of a PADI Pro. Take your first breaths underwater in water shallower than 2 metres/6ft. For children who are at least 8 years old.

Bubble makers get a chance to:

Medic First Aid (EFR)

First Aid course - To be completed with Rescue Diver Course unless you already hold a first certificate (please bring this to the dive centre if you wish to complete the course).

This course is to teach you how to administer First Aid to a person. Various skills will be learnt such as CPR, types of injury and bandaging.

PADI Rescue Diver

Become a Rescue Diver. A great level to be. You will have the skills to aid your fellow divers in an emergency.

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

PADI Enriched Air Diver

The most popular PADI specialty course. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session, and two optional (or required) scuba dives, you’ll:

PADI Thresher Shark Speciality

The Exotic Dive Resort offers this exclusive PADI thresher shark specialty covering why the sharks are here in Malapascua, the threats they face, the basic anatomy and cleaning. The course further explains cleaning stations what they are, how to locate them and the importance they have for a healthy coral reef system.

1 to 2 days including 2 dives, manual, certification and use of required diving equipment.

PADI AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

This course helps you appreciate the complexity of coral reef habitats and teaches how you can help conserve these vital systems.

Through classroom discussions, you learn:

PADI Drift Diver

Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating. The course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along.

Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you’ll:

PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy

Observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. Improve the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevate them to the next level.

During two scuba dives, you’ll learn how to:

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer

The most popular diving specialties course. It’s easy and fun to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures.

Through hands-on training during two scuba dives and guidance from your PADI Professional, you’ll discover:

PADI Night Diver

The underwater world changes as day creatures retire & nocturnal organisms emerge. If you've wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, enrol in the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.

Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day. During three night dives, you’ll practice:

PADI Deep Diver

Explore deeper dive sites with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130ft. Learn to manage your gas supply, go over buddy contact procedures, and buoyancy control.

Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

PADI Search and Recovery Diver

Retrieve lost items that have fallen overboard or over a dock. Learn effective swimming patterns and using a lift bag for heavy objects.

Gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you learn. During four scuba dives you’ll practice:

Wreck dive

A trip to the local wreck dives is a must for the experienced diver. It is an amazing experience!

Generally 3 dives (weather dependant)

PADI Sidemount Diver

A sidemount configuration (scuba tanks alongside of the diver) offers more flexibility and better streamlining options. Learn about the many benefits of diving with a side mount configuration.

Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, during one confined water and three open water scuba dives you’ll learn how to:

PADI Divemaster

Be a leader who mentors and motivates others. Gain dive knowledge, supervision abilities, and become a role model to divers around the world.

The PADI Dive master course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, water skills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include: