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Diving in Dumaguete

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When to go to Dumaguete

Diving here is possible all year round. The average annual temperature is around 26C/78F. The coldest period is from December through February and the warmest is from March through May. The average water temperature ranges from 27C/80F to 31C/87F with underwater visibility varying from 10m/33ft to 30m/98ft.


What to see

Divers can see snappers, sweetlips, scorpion fish, sting rays, mantas, barracudas, batfish, sea horses, pipe fish, shrimps and more. On its western side lies the Philippine's first marine sanctuary, which became a home to sea snakes, turtles, mantas, barracudas, schools of jacks and even whale sharks. This is a wonderful place for observing macro life as well as for underwater photography.

Scuba diving in Dumaguete

The City of Dumaguete is a part of Negros Oriental province, the Philippines. It is the capital, principal seaport, and largest city of the province. To reach Dumaguete tourists need to catch a ferry from Cebu or travel by plane from Manila. Dumaguete is also known as a university town. It houses an artificial reef built from old tires. Diving here is best suited for experienced and novice divers. Snorkeling, scuba diving and deep sea diving is available along its beautiful beaches.


Most popular dive sites

To the south of Dumaguete lies Apo Island, one of the best known diving destinations in the Philippines. Apo Island is a tiny marine sanctuary with a huge variety of marine life including crustaceans, nudibranchs and beautiful corals. There are about ten dive sites around the island, and sites like The Chapel, Rock Point West are among the best. Next to Dauin and Siquijor there are a lot of interesting spots as well filled with various sea life. Also popular dive sites include The Pier, Luca Sanctuary, dive sites of Balicasag Island

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