Dive Sites in Dauin
Negros Oriental – Diving in the Philippines
Diving in Dumaguete could not be easier. Most dive spots along the coastline are located in Dauin, about a 20-minute drive south of Dumaguete and can be explored via shore entry. All dive sites in Dauin are marine sanctuaries and protected. There is no fishing allowed inside these areas. Any kind of boat traffic is also prohibited in these zones. Therefore, the aquatic life in many of these sanctuaries is simply breathtaking. Be aware that the municipalities are charging a fee for scuba diving or snorkeling. There is no weekly marine park fee, like it is standard in many other places in the world, fees are charged per dive.
Dauin is a location that varies in dive-sites which may be accessed by shore or boat. The coastline of this municipality in Negros Oriental is truly an amazing location to dive. It is good to keep in mind that the gorgeous shallow reefs are the perfect spot for beginners to learn the basics of diving, or to continue the education with one of the dive shops which are associated with the beach resorts in Dauin. The dive sites include quite some man-made spots. These artificial reefs create the perfect environment where you are able to see unique marine creatures; thus, becoming a perfect spot for underwater photographers.
Many of the dive sites are just in front of different beach resorts in Dauin. Therefore, they may carry different names. Some competing resorts simply don’t want to use the neighbors house-reef as a name and came up with their own. As some of you may want to dive or snorkel independently, we use the resort name to give you an orientation about the whereabouts of the Dauin dive sites.
Dive Sites in Dauin (North to South)
While you take cover behind the boulders, you will notice the beautiful and gentle corals, anemones, Linckia Sea Stars and even the colorfully marked Nudibranchs. It is recommended that you follow the directions of your dive guide in order to avoid any problems that may be caused by strong currents.
Without a doubt, the Douin Norte is number one in popularity of the dive sites in Dauin, mostly because it starts with a gentle slope where you can observe different fish species including the Frogfish, Ghost Pipefish, Crabs and Shrimps, and then continues with a gorgeous coral reef that houses marine creatures such as Barracudas, Hued Anthias, Damsel fish and Snappers.
Here, there are also the Hiry Squat Lobsters that are known to live on barrel sponges, and the Yellowtail Barracuda that impressively creates a tunnel around you as you dive. If you happen to see any discarded bottle, check it carefully as you may find small Golden Gobies. The common residents include the Hawksbill Turtles and the Green Turtles.
On rare occasions you are able to see the Blue-Ringed Octopus and the Leaf Scorpionfish that hides between the Lettuce Corals. It is truly a location that must be visited.
The Dauin Sur dive site is extremely similar to the Dauin Norte but it still manages to offer an incredible experience while diving. Due to the fact that there are almost no currents here, you will be able to experience a relaxing dive while observing the wide variety of fish including the Giant Groupers, Ribbon Eels, Crinoid Aquat Lobsters and Green Turtles.
Right at the base of this breathtaking reef, you will be able to observe a few species of Razor Wrasse, Garden Eels, Nudibranchs and on rare occasions the Giant Barracuda and the amazing Dogtooth Tuna.
This location, which in translation means “man made” is an artificial reef created out of used car tires, piles one over another. This location houses different types of crustaceans, corals and fish, including the Harlequin Shrimp, Frogfish, Coral Shrimp and Anemone Fish.
In this location you also have the opportunity of seeing the unique Mimic Octopus that is capable to mimic different marine creatures. Even though there are other fish that can mimic a certain species, the Mimic Octopus is the only one that can actually choose which one she wants to mimic. Among her mimic repertory there is the Lionfish, Jellyfish and Sea Snake.
Masaplod Norte is a shallow water dive site that has a relatively medium reef and currents that will allow any diver to drift easily. While slowly drifting away, keep your eyes open for marine creatures such as Rock Cod, Trumpetfish, Snappers, Green Turtles and their companions, the Blue Trevally.
These are not all the species that can be seen in this location, as there are also Barracudas, Garden Eels, Soft Coral Crabs, Nudibranchs and Batfish. However, the star of this dive site is the Flasher Wrasse, a species that manage to intensify his color while courting a female. Because it is difficult to take a photo of this fish, it is extremely sought after.
The name of this dive site comes from a variety of metal structures that resemble pyramids and cover an area from 15 ft to 80 ft. For those interested is diving here it is important to know that the dive begins from shallow water and slowly enters the sea grass area that is located at 15 ft.
Continuing your descent, you will be able to see a wide variety of sponges, black corals, Xeno Crabs and Banded Tozeuma Shrimps. Going further to the north, you will enter a patch reef that is full of Soft Coral Crabs, Thorny Seahorses, Nudibranchs and Donald Duck Shrimps. It is an interesting dive site for those wanting to take photos.
This unique and interesting dive site is created out of a few piles of car tires and two patches of reed, united by sandy gullies. Being both natural and artificial, there are a wide variety of marine creatures living here, including the Pegasus Sea Moth, Robust & Ornate Ghost Pipefish and the Flying Gurnard.
Other creatures that can be observed hiding among pieces of artificial materials, include Finger Dragonetes, Goatfish, Nudibranchs, Comets and Frogfish. It is a great diving location for macro photographers.