PADI Regional Manager, Jimmy Christrup, visited Malapascua Island this week in support of PADI Members and the local population following the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda. The PADI Dive Centres and Resorts are currently focused on assisting their local staff and extended families with urgent needs including food, water, housing and other essentials. The damage done on Malapascua was severe but the recovery process is proceeding well although there’s still a long way to go.
Most PADI Dive Shops from Malapascua are posting updates with photos on their Facebook pages and some have online donation opportunities if you wish to make a contribution to the recovery. A few PADI Dive Shops have already completed reconnaissance dives taking photos of the renowned Thresher Sharks. You can visit the PADI Dive Shop Locator for a list of the PADI Dive Shops on the island. Many of these PADI Dive Shops are expecting to provide some diving services to their customers by 30th November with the majority of services being available by 20th December in time for the busy Christmas period.