4-day weekend with friends on Malapascua Island! We stayed at Tepanee Beach Resort (link). The owners are Italian, and take special care to make sure you are comfortable and well-fed for your entire stay. The restaurant at the hotel serves delicious regional Italian dishes, and there are a number of other European-owned restaurants on the Island. I don’t think we had a bad meal our entire stay! But food wasn’t the only highlight. The swimming, diving and beaches were just as amazing. Below – Malapascua Island is the only place in the world where you can predictably find Thresher Sharks. There is a cleaning station about 45 minutes from shore. The sharks feed on giant schools of sardines out in the deep water, and then come in for a nice cleaning. Maybe someday I’ll have the chance to watch the sharks feed. I can’t imagine a more amazing experience. Here’s a video, in case you are curious (link). You must rise well before sunrise to be out on the water early enough to see the sharks. On our way out, we even saw several sharks jumping out of the water as they chased fish! After a day of diving and sunshine, we enjoyed blended mango drinks, great company, beanbag chairs and a nice sunset. Looking back, it was one of those moments where all was right in the world, and you couldn’t ask for anything else.
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