Located in the Philippine’s Visayan Sea, Malapascua Island is said to be so named by early 14th century Spanish sailors who were stranded on it by bad weather on Christmas Day. Despite their unfortunate experience with the island, it is now one of the world’s most exotic dive destinations, bringing in tourism dollars and economic improvement. Just off the island is Monad Shoal, an ocean cleaning station for some of the area’s biggest fish, such as thresher sharks. Plenty of invertebrates and other interesting creatures proliferate the warm, nutrient-rich waters of the Philippines, offering ample photo and video opportunities, like this one we found from November of last year. Not only is the soundtrack not bad, but the species are identified as you go along, which we thought was a nice touch.
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