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About Scuba Diving Dumaguete

Scuba Diving Dumaguete is suitable for the beginner or the advanced diver, scuba diving Dumaguete has something for everyone.

Few other places in the world rival Dumaguete when it comes to scuba dive sites. This island offers incredibly colorful coral, thrilling walls and drop-offs, and so many unique sea creatures, that you will never want to leave.

The natural splendor of its underwater world makes this one of the most desirable spots for scuba diving and macro photography.

Dumaguete beach

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When is the best time to go scuba diving Dumaguete?

Because the Philippines can be hit by severe storms and typhoons, the best time for scuba diving Dumaguete is between November and May, which is typically the dry season of the Philippines.

The rainy season is typically July through September, and this can take its toll on visibility in the water. Though the water in the Philippines is comfortable all year long thanks to the region’s tropical climate, you can expect warm, clear blue waters that are flat and calm through most of the dry season, particularly in the months of April and May.

The Top Dive Sites Found in Dumaguete

  • Apo Island – If you can make it out to this protected area, you will encounter densely covered reefs full of marine life of all kinds, and you can enjoy this dive site whether you are a beginner or an advanced diver.
  • The Sanctuary – This site offers exquisite views of untouched coral reefs, and is suitable for all divers.
  • The Sunken Island – This submerged seamount can experience rough waters, so it is an adventurous dive for those who are more advanced.
  • Maite Point – The sand here is described as white as snow, and of course abundant coral life can be found, which is great for macro photographers.
  • The Paliton Wall – Some parts of this dive site go as deep as 50m below the water’s surface, but great visibility allows you to really take in the large numbers of fish and very large sea fans and colorful coral.

Marine life found when scuba diving Dumaguete:

You will encounter more marine life than you can imagine when you dive into the waters off Dumaguete. In addition to coral gardens, a variety of fish species call these waters home, including, but not limited to: lizardfish, batfish, lionfish, puffer fish, wrasses, fusiliers, emperors, filefish, trumpet fish, Moorish idols, surgeonfish, groupers, snappers, parrotfish, pennant fish, and trigger fish.

In these waters, you will also see eels, hard and soft corals and sea fans, and a variety of invertebrates including shrimp, and rays, turtles, octopus, and even sharks have the potential of also showing up.

About Dumaguete

Dumaguete is one of the Philippines best-kept secrets. It is the capital city located on the south eastern coast of the island of Negros Oriental. In this paradise, you can enjoy all the natural beauty that surrounds you, as well as the culture of the people residing in this large city.

When visiting Dumaguete City, enjoy The Rizal Boulevard, a strip of wide beachfront property that includes dining, bars, and shopping, all with incredible ocean views. You may also be lucky to run into a street festival.

Though you can grab a boat to other nearby islands, Dumaguete will definitely keep you occupied, especially if you are interested in hiking up nature trails to wondrous waterfalls, high mountain peaks, gardens, and historical monuments.

This island is known for its large sugar plantations, as well as its majestic mountains and volcanoes, so definitely take in its natural sights in addition to the clear waters that surround it.

How to Get to Dumaguete?

You can reach Dumaguete really easily and conveniently from Manila by plane to Sibulan Airport, which should be a short flight, just over one hour. Typically, there are two daily flights, one in the morning via Cebu Pacific Air, and the other in the afternoon via Philippine Airlines.

You can also reach Dumaguete from Cebu. Early morning flights leave on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you choose to reach Dumaguete by sea, a fast ferry lasting about 4 hours from Cebu will get you there, or if you have a lot of time, you can take a 36-hour boat ride from Manila.

Your other option is to take a bus that will travel from Cebu to the town of Bato, where it will board a barge to be taken across the Tañon Strait. Then the bus will take you the rest of the way. This trip will take about 5-6 hours.

Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.

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