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The coastline around Dumaguete and Dauin boasts some of the best macro diving in the region and there's plenty of opportunity for snorkellers and non-diving holidaymakers to enjoy the surrounding area, or simply sit back and relax watching the world go by.

Divers will be amazed by the reef life and the Dauin area is possibly one of the best macro locations around and particularly popular amongst photographers. If you prefer your marine life larger and enjoy a drift dive, head to Apo Island a short sail away and you will find schooling pelagics, turtles, enormous grouper, napoleon wrasse, white-tip sharks and pristine hard corals.

Dumaguete is known as the 'City of Gentle People', so you're assured a warm welcome and first class hospitality!

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, spotted eagle ray, green turtle, flamboyant cuttlefish

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Island Hopping Dive Safari

Choose from five exceptional diving locations in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Enjoy stress free diving adventures as you island hop between them, exploring everything from macro life to pelagics.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,145 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Visayas Liveaboard

These liveaboard trips operate throughout the year to the Visayas, one of the best diving locations in the Philippines. Highlights include outstanding macro life in Dauin and Malapascua's thresher sharks.

  • When to go: Jun-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,395 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Dive Into Luxury Philippines

Experience world-class diving at a beautifully calm pace with this superb trip idea, which combines two of the Philippines’ hidden gems for a diving holiday brimming with indulgence and laid back luxury.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec, Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,645 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Atmosphere Resort & Spa

Located in Dauin, this modern beachfront resort sits amongst an old coconut plantation, in close proximity to some of the best macro dive sites in the region. Facilities include an infinity pool, spa, restaurants and a bar.

Atlantis Dumaguete

Located near Dumaguete, Atlantis is a boutique resort set in lush tropical gardens packed with indigenous plants. Excursions include dive trips to Apo Island, snorkelling, kayaking, plus whale and dolphin watching at Bais.

Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort

This spacious beachfront resort is located in Dauin, just south of Dumaguete, on Negros Island. It was built for divers and offers 27 rooms and bungalows, with an on-site dive centre offering daily boat dives to Apo Island.