Dumaguete (Dauin)

Dumaguete Dauin Philippines Dive Map Location Scubahive

Dumaguete Dauin Philippines Diving

Description :
The City of Gentle People is the gateway to the natural wonders of Negros Oriental. Dumaguete is a small university town with big city amenities, and it offers a perfect mix of everything a dive traveler would need – a nice town, great resorts, lots of critters, and good wide-angle diving. Closeby is Apo Island, a marine protected area since 1982. Add in the friendliness of the Filipinos, and you have a winning destination.
Where is it :
Negros Island, Philippines
Number of dive sites :
Over 40
Type of Diving :
Guided – shore, boat, deep, drift, night
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
All about the macro, with subjects include the pipefish, mandarin fish, juvenile batfish, seahorses, mantis shrimps, wonderpus, dragonets, squat lobsters, harlequim shrimps, flamboyant cuttlefish and a host of nudibranchs.
Average Water Temperature :
28°C (82.4°F), but can drop to 25°C (77°F) in January and February
Seasonality :
All year round with October to June is the main diving season, with rainy season around July to September
Typical Visibility :
15m (49.2ft)
General Current Conditions :
Mild to moderate
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Limited to relaxing at the resort, visit several historical and cultural in town, day trips to casarodo waterfall
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
Availability of Medical Facility :
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Sahara Deep :
• Maximum depth: 30m
This is one of the popular muck diving spots where hidden in the sandy bottom and amongst the small wrecks of cars and boats, you will find an abundance of macro life. Common sightings include cuttlefish, frogfish, crabs, shrimps, devil fish, nudibranchs and flatworms.
Dauin North :
• Maximum depth: 24m
Begin your dive along a gentle sandy slope dotted with old mooring blocks that are home to a variety of marine creatures including frogfish, ghost pipefish shrimps, crabs, nudibranchs and more. The slope will eventually lead you to a coral encrusted reef that houses damselfish, barracudas, anthias, and snappers.
Mainit :
• Maximum depth: 20m
Due to its currents, this site makes an excellent drift dive, where you’ll glide by yellow patches of sand that are hot to the touch, resulting from a nearby thermal hot spring underwater. During your dive, it is possible to encounter schools of barracudas, spanish mackerel, surgeonfish, fusiliers, and yellow snappers. Also hidden in the sandy slope, you can see a variety of snake eels.
San Miguel Tires :
• Maximum depth: 18m
This site is an absolute critter heaven, reminiscent of muck dives. Your dive will start on a sandy slope which seems bare at first, but upon closer inspection, you will not want to leave. Common sightings include frogfish, squid, nudibranchs, moray eels and crabs. Don’t forget to explore around the car tires covered in hard corals and sponges which hosts a plethora of marine life.
Apo Island Marine Sanctuary :
• Maximum depth: 25m
One of the first marine sanctuaries in the Philippines, this is an enforced zone and is famous for the sheer diversity of corals that create a collage of colors that will leave most divers amazed.
Nearest Airport :
Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport (IATA: DGT)
Notes :
Get an internal connecting flight from Manila Airport (IATA: MNL) into Dumaguete-Siulan Airport, and it’s your gateway to Dumaguete (Dauin) with airport transfers to the dive resorts (~1 hour by car) typically included in the trip itinerary for your convenience 🙂

If you are traveling from Cebu, you can fly in via Mactan-Cebu Airport (IATA: CEB) or take a bus from the South Bus Terminal (~3 to 4 hours) to the Port of Liloan and then a 30-minute ferry ride to Dumaguete, followed by a tricycle to the resort of your choice.

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