Once you have learned to dive, other divers will ask you where you did your course. Why? Because it matters! Now, where there is water, you can pretty much dive. But in some places, the diving is better than average, often for various reasons. But Dauin is better for very specific reasons. It has a great mixture of healthy reef diving and weird funky macro diving. Macro diving, defines the little critters, the smaller fish, the crawlers in the sand, and the hiding stuff on the corals. These little crittes are often ridiculously pretty, but also quite hard to spot. Around Dauin, the sand on the reef banks is black, and a mecca for these little gems. So be prepared to go treasure hunting (spotting) for weird little animals, it is so cool once you figure out what to look for! But, besides macro diving, critter diving, muck diving (call it what you like) the diving around Dauin is really easy and pretty. The reefs are in good condition and you will get to see most of the colourful fish that you would see in a perfect Aquarium! Starting from the beach, your course will be easy, fun and slowly progressing. The bay is calm, the water clear and the instructor is highly professional. A perfect way to start your underwater adventure!
On a more general note... The diving is suitable for all levels of divers, but especially highly recommendable for the geeky diver seeking rare macro sightings! The beginner, seeking easy diving and pretty reefs will love the turtles and the pretty patches of reef, but be aware! The area is very much about diving on the black volcanic sand, looking for the strange life that can be found in this kind of habitat. It is like a treasure hunt, where weird tiny marine life is the pretty gems. If you haven't tried muck diving, THIS is the place to start! And, if you also want to experience the full on coral reef and some bigger marine life, you can always get on a boat and head out to the world famous Apo Island and Sumilon island. (We have to say it again the corals out there are pretty damn fine!). If you want relaxed beach diving with rare and odd marine life, you should dive the coast of Dauin. If you want it all, dive both Dauin Coast and Apo Island and enjoy the wickedness of the Philippine waters.
Above water Dauin is a local town just South of Dumaguete City. Dumaguete City is placed in the middle of The Visayas and is the perfect travel hub to other famous dive destinations. Siquijor, Bohol, Moalboal, Malapascua or Sipalay is less than a days travel from Dumaguete, which makes it a perfect stop on your way around the Philippines…
The diversity of the coast is truly magnificent, and the underwater scenery is as pure as it gets. With the islands cultural attractions on land, the gentle people, dramatic landscape and amazing diving opportunities, it is a combination that is spot on.