This busy city of Dumaguete is pure Philippines with plenty of heart. The Rizal Boulevard situated along its waterfront is home to upmarket restaurants, bars and food stalls and the city has been tagged as “the City of Gentle People” with about 120,000 calling it home. Dumaguete has plenty of amazing sites to explore including the Bell Tower built in 1754 and other outdoor attractions including trekking in the Twin Lakes National Park, visiting waterfalls, hot springs and surfing. But most of all, Dumaguete is on the doorstep of magnificent muck diving sites with plenty of macro life. The dive sites here are almost all marine protected areas. Alongside the main attraction of muck diving, divers can experience everything from drift dives to gentle relaxed dives around Apo Island which is just a short boat ride away. This is the place to see pelagics, turtles, sea snakes, barracuda, enormous grouper, white tip sharks and pristine hard corals. You are spoilt for choice with the number of dive sites on offer here.
Apo Island: Regarded as a premium dive destination, Apo Island has plenty of dive sites and is just a short boat trip from Dumaguete. It has been a marine protected area since 1982 and its waters are crystal clear. Here you will find walls densely covered with an amazing variety of hard and soft corals and marine life in stunning numbers: trigger fish, parrot fish, pennant fish, moray eels, surgeon fish, snappers, groupers, moorish idols, lizard fish, gobies, bat fish, lion fish, trumpet fish, turtles, schools of jacks, octopus, cuttlefish, manta rays, eagle rays, blue spotted stingrays and sharks… to name a few! It’s the place you get options from drift diving to gentle relaxed dives. Dive sites here range between beginner level to the experienced.
Mainit: This site has a variety of marine life including schooling barracudas, fusiliers and snappers, dogtooth tuna, snake eels and stingrays through to jewel like nudibranch and miniature critters.
Bonnet’s Corner: Muck diving and a gold mine when it comes to unique critters. A must dive site for macro photographers with its range of cephalopods including blue ring, mimic, wonderpus and mototi octopi and flamboyant cuttlefish.
San Miguel Tires: An artificial reef made from old car tyres. This is yet another incredible site for macro photographers and sightings include ambon scorpionfish, mimic octopus, pygmy squid, flamboyant cuttlefish, blue ring octopus, bumble bee shrimp and even striated frogfish. You could even do a night dive here with the chance to see stargazers.
Best Times to Dive
Dumaguete is suitable for diving all year round with a warm climate ranging from 24ºC – 35ºC with the hottest months between April and May.
Visibility: 25-50m | Water Temperature: 26-28°C
- Twin Lakes
- Sight Seeing – waterfalls
- Swimming/diving with Whale Sharks (year round)
- Bird watching
- Quad bike tours
- Day trips to: Apo Island | Twin Lakes | Oslob Whale Sharks (watching & snorkeling) | Dumaguete City Tours | Malatapay Markets
Dumanguete is an easy destination easy to get to as it has daily flights from Manila.
Dumaguete offers a selection of accommodation including resorts located on beautiful stretches of uninterrupted beaches just north east of Dauin. A haven away from home!