As can be seen from the Map below, when deciding upon your Dumaguete diving vacation there are a vast number of dive sites to suit divers of all abilities, from Discover Scuba Diving all the way through to seasoned veterans. Almost all the small dive flags represent Marine Protected Areas - MPA's (marine sanctuaries) whether you wish to dive in Dauin or Zamboanguita areas. There are many others that are not marked on this map but we have the experience of leading divers at.
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Dauin Dive Sites
MAINIT – (MAX 20M)
The name of this dive site means ‘hot’, and refers to patches of hot sand that are yellow in appearance, caused by nearby hot springs. The dive itself is a lovely drift dive for experienced divers owing to the prevailing current. During the dive, you may be fortunate enough to encounter schooling Barracuda, Sweetlips, Mackerel and Snappers. You are also likely to observe Snake Eels, Stingrays, Surgeonfish and Moorish Idols. When you arrive at the yellow patches, take a moment and feel the temperature permeating from beneath.
SAN MIGUEL TYRES – (MAX 18M)
Given its name owing to long ago positioned tires as an artificial reef, the site is a favorite macro dive location. The tires are now encrusted with corals and sponges and host a variety of marine life in the area including Frogfish, Shrimp, Crabs, Lionfish, Moray Eels and Scorpionfish.
SAN MIGUEL REEF – (MAX 20M)
Close to the tires is a pleasant sloping reef that hosts a great number of anemones with resident Clownfish. Look carefully and you may find a variety of Nudibranchs competing for space with Shrimp, Crabs and camouflaged Scorpionfish.
ATLANTIS HOUSE REEF – (MAX 25M)
A varied dive site consisting of Sea Grass in the shallower waters before swimming over a sandy bottom that leads to an aged artificial reef that now boasts plenty of hard corals.
Typical life seen here ranges from the synchronized swimming of Razorfish and Turtle amongst the grassy sections through to Frogfish, Seahorses, Snappers, Moray Eels, Scorpionfish and smaller life such as Nudibranchs and Flatworms.
SAHARA REEF – (MAX 20M)
We like to plan this to take advantage of currents, thus making this another nice drift dive. Schooling Fusiliers, Anthias and Snappers are often seen here and if you take time to explore the sandy areas you may find Frogfish, Nudibranchs, and a host of other pleasing creatures.
SAHARA DEEP – (MAX 30M)
This is a dive for the more experienced diver owing to the depth range involved. A great muck dive that photographers will love as it produces some fantastic subjects. Frogfish, Cuttlefish, Nudibranchs, Devilfish, Flatworms, Crabs and Shrimp are just a few examples of the type of life that can be found here nestled in the sand and amongst positioned wrecks.
DAUIN NORTE – (MAX 24M)
A very popular Dauin dive site owing to the easy entry and sandy slope at the start of the dive. Once you visit here you will quickly understand why many divers opt to return to dive here more than once.
Concrete mooring blocks now house Frogfish, Ghost Pipefish, Nudibranchs, Moray Eels and so much more. Beyond the blocks and further down the sandy slope you arrive at lovely coral reef that boasts Barracuda, Snappers, Turtles, Damsels and Anthias. You may even be lucky enough to happen upon the Blue-Ringed Octopus.
DAUIN SUR – (MAX 20M)
Like Dauin Norte, the dive site consists of a sandy slope that leads to a beautiful coral reef. This means we can once again go critter hunting in the sand before coming to the reef where you can observe some giant Groupers, Wrasse, Nudibranchs, Ribbon Eels and occasionally Barracuda.
CAR WRECKS SHALLOW – (MAX 15M)
This is the shallow water area of the site that leads to the Car Wrecks, and is a muck divers’ heaven. During the dive and with a good pair of eyes you may be fortunate enough to observe Octopus, Waspfish, Dragonettes, Scorpionfish and Seahorses.
THE CARS – (MAX 30M)
With two car wrecks that have been positioned here, the choice of name for the site is obvious. As well as elegant schools of Snapper and Sweetlips the avid photographer will be pleased to know that the site is home to a few niceties. Ghost Pipefish, Dragonettes, Frogfish, Pegasus Sea Moth and Stonefish have all made for great photo opportunities.
GINAMA-AN – (MAX 20M)
Another dive site that results from the construction of an artificial reef made from tires that are now overgrown with sponges and corals. The marine life here can include Frogfish, Shrimp, Anemone Fish and a host of crustaceans.
MASAPLOD NORTE – (MAX 20M)
This site can present different types of dives depending upon tide times. Best dived with a bit of current, divers will be thrilled to glide by schools of Snapper, Sweetlips, Barracuda, Jack and Trevally. Turtles are often seen here, as too are Stingrays, Nudibranchs and Garden Eels.
MASAPLOD SUR – (MAX 20M)
Right next to Masaplod Norte we have the Masaplod Sur dive site. This site is formed by a couple of reefs with a sandy patch between and is home to many varieties of reef fish as one might expect. Special sightings that one might chance upon here include the Flying Gurnard, Ghost Pipefish, Dragonettes and Frogfish.
APO ISLAND DIVING - (MAX 24M)
A short boat ride from Dauin and Zamboanguita, the dive sites of Apo Island are marked in their entirety. Our favorite Apo Island dive site is hard to decide. Maybe it is 'Chapel', 'Largahan' or 'Rock-Point West' on the Western side where one can expect to see turtles nestled amongst the soft and hard corals or swimming gracefully along the walls, accompanied by schools of fish. Alternatively, maybe it is the wonderful drift on the Eastern side starting at 'Cogon', passing big fish until arriving at 'Mamsa Point' and the school of 1000+ Jackfish.
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