Basically, Malapascua Island is just a heap of sand and rocks in the middle of the Visayan Sea. Foreigners mix seamlessly with the locals in this charming island. You can get a real slice of Filipino life if you venture outside your resort. The island has been called the "Next Boracay." The reason most people come to Malapascua Island is for the diving. it is beginning to get a worldwide reputation for incredible diving. This means that now is a great time to come, before it gets too famous. It is the only place in the world where you can reliably see thresher sharks and is possible the best place in the Philippines for big fish encounters. It is still a quiet island. Nestled amongst the palm trees along the main beach are the resorts, restaurants and dive shops. There are not so many and so it does not feel crowded at all. Malapascua is a developing island without basic infrastructure. It does not have many of the things we often take for granted in our homes. This means you need to come with an open mind and be ready for things that may make you a little uncomfortable such as salty water, electric blackouts during the day etc. The weather on Malapascua is usually excellent. Typhoon season in the Philippines is from May to December, but Malapascua is rarely affected. The typhoons usually pass to the north and because there are no mountains nearby, it avoids a lot of the rain that tends to fall on Leyte or Cebu. Occasionally, a typhoon will hit but it happens maybe a couple of times a year. Most people do not realize this and come between January and April. If you want a quieter holiday, come during 'typhoon' season. The diving is better at that time as well.