Dive Sites Dauin
Pura Vida Housereef
GPS Coordinates:9*11’27.28”N 123*16’17.78E
Located just in front of the resort is the Pura Vida housereef. What used to be an underwater “sahara” has now become small oasis for marine life. This artificial reef consists of several wrecks, interesting concrete blocks, and a steel pyramid were lionfish, sea-horses, stingrays, snappers, and batfish are at home. Sometimes rare species are also found here. This site is also suitable for night diving.
GPS Coordinates: 9*11’31.27N 123*16’18.96”E
The closest sanctuary to the resort is the Luca sanctuary which is accessible by a short walk. Here we have a great combination between sand and beautiful coral blocks that make this site very interesting. You can see several stingrays, snappers, eels, morays, groupers, different kind of frogfish, as well as colorful shrimps, and anemonefish. It is an excellent dive site to start your underwater adventure with us.
GPS Coordinates: 9*11’49.44N 123*16’31.46E
One of the oldest Sanctuaries in the area, Sarahs place is made out of old truck tires which over the years transformed into a beautiful reef. Schools of yellow snappers, frogfish, nudibranchs and Seahorses are commonly seen. The maximum depth is around 26m.
GPS Coordinates: 9*11’14.51N 123*16’16.16”E
Named after our very own Crew member, Bonnets corner is a dive site only for the macro enthusiasts. The site consists of sand alone, and no corals. However, in this site, some of the most unique creatures have been spotted, such as mimic octopus, wonderpus, blue-ring, and mototi octopus. Other creatures such as flambouyant cuttlefish, snake eels, and frogfish can also be seen there if your are lucky.
GPS Coordinates: 9*11’10.41”N 123*16’04.96”E
Just around the corner is a special treat waiting for you: Seahorses, ghost pipe fish, sea moths and frogfish are not uncommon in this sandy area. Down the sand slope at 28m to 30m rests an old Philippine made outrigger boat also known as the banka wreck. Although there is not much coral life to see, you will be surprised with the unique marine diversity that is living there. The perfect site for macro lovers, photographers, advanced and nitrox divers.
GPS Coordinates: 9*11’10.79”N 123*16.01.22E
Another great divesite for macro lovers, is the Carwreck. In this sandy area, you can find robust ghostpipefish, unique crabs, seamoths, moray eels, and other interesting creatures. Two Carwrecks are located between 24-28 meters, surrounded by concrete pipes and steel boxes. This makes it a perfect hideout for many creatures. The sandslopes may seem lifeless, but you may be surprised by the creatures that can be found there. Flash-lights and Nitrox are recommended.
Dauin North and South
GPS Coordinates: 9*11’09.10”N 123*15’54.92E
Only a 5 minute boat ride away is the Dauin Sanctuary. This huge coral reef is home to different kinds of anemone fish, small barra-cudas, turtles, groupers, and many other colorful fish. The shallow area is a beautiful hard coral garden which is also nice for snorkeling. Because there is not much current present in this area, it is an ideal site for Open waterdivers, refresher courses and Orientation dives. Max Depth is 18 meters.
GPS Coordinates: 9*10’51.22”N 123*15’34.57E
Ginama means man made. This huge artificial reef consists of numerous truck tires which have been there for more than a decade. Completely inhabited with corals and sponges, this site is an excellent hide out for frogfish, unique shrimps and colorful nudibranchs. A sea grass area is also nearby where you can spend some time in looking for other special things. It is also a great dive site for night diving. Maximum depth is 20 meters.
GPS Coordinates: 9*10’47.71”N 123*15’31.83”E
One of the oldest sanctuaries in the area is the Masaplod sanctuary. Only 10 minutes away with our boats, this sanctuary boasts of its rich marine biodiversity. Big coral formations in the shallow area as well as in the deep area make it home to schools of small jacks, trevallies, sweetlips, and snappers. You can also see stingrays, nudibranch, triggerfish, big turtles, and groupers. Sandy slope is going down to 21m.
GPS Coordinates: 9*04’43.31”N 123*16’15.85”E
One of the highlights in the area is the world famous Apo Island. Our day trips going there usually start at 8:30 a.m. with 2 or 3 dives all around Apo island. There are different dive sites ranging from beginner level to experienced levels . The well preserved condition of the marine life in Apo makes it always an unforgettable dive experience. From fascinating soft coral gardens to sea snakes, turtles schools of jacks and barracudas, Apo island has it all. Depth ranges from 5m down to 30m.
GPS Coordinates: 9*12’58.43”N 123*17’14.08”E
It is one of the larger sanctuaries on a Sandy Slope with big coral blocks all around, lots of soft coral formations, and big schools of fish like barracudas, sweetlips, surgeonfish, and snappers. Usually a drift dive all the way through with a underwater hot spring source at the end of the dive at 5 meters. Maximum depth is around 18m.
GPS Coordinates: 9*11’57.47”N 123*16.41.06”E
A small and very old artificial reef composed of truck tires. The tires are overgrown with soft and hard corals which provide a good hiding place for many creatures. It is an excellent site for a relaxing dive and looking for critters such as frogfish, ghost pipe fish and even harlequin shrimps. Maximum depth is around 20m.
GPS Coordinates: 9*09’40.54”N 123*14’46.57”E
Part Corals, part artificial reef, Panabolon offers a simple dive with interesting highlights such as leaffish, blennies hiding in wine bottles and other critters. At the end of a late afternoon dive, you will be able to see a couple of mandarin fish displaying their act of love in full color. The sandy slope is going down to 17m.
About 10 minutes south of the dive center is the latest addition to our dive sites, Rockpile. This artificial reef consists of small steel pyramids, cars, and steel crates and is home to many critters like Frogfish, ghost pipe fish, seahorses, and even harlequin shrimps have been spotted here. The site is also next to a dry riverbed where large boulders and rocks are gathered together and form perfect shelter for fish, crabs, eels and urchins.
A sandy slope formation with basically no corals but a lot of secrets. But if you look hard enough, you can find many unique critters like tiny frogfish, ghost pipe fish, seahorses, ambon scorpion fish and even octopuses.
South of the masaplod sanctuary is a small area of corals on a sandy slope. It is an excellent site for photographers who want to find new critters. Highlights vary depending on the season from seahorses, to ghost pipe fish, small school of snappers and sometimes even turtles .
The dive site is right in front of the main docking area of the island which is close tothe only chapel on Apo Island. The dive site has a small wall that starts at 5m going down to 25m. Along the wall you can find some nudibranchs, as well as leafish, frogfish and ribbon eels, especially near the small cave at 18m. A beautiful coral garden can be found at the 5m plateau on top of the wall.
This great dive-site can be done in both directions depending on the mild current. In the shallows you will see the best soft coral gardens of the island between 5 and 10 meters deep. For that reason it is the best snorkelling site of the island. After seeing the turtle area in front of the village you can see here the colourful soft corals. Bottom composition throughout the dive is more or less the same with nice hard corals between 10 and 18 meters deep.
Apo Rock Point West
Rock Point West is located on the southern tip of the island. Similar to other sites the slope starts to go down at 7m, all the way to 30m. The interesting part is between 5m to 18m where you can see beautiful coral formations, along with juvenile sweetlips, sea snakes, turtles, and fire clam shells. Current can occur sometimes, but you can easily go with the current. Make sure to bring inflatable signal buoys.
Apo Coconut Point
One of the best dive sites in Apo Island. Entry is at the northern side of the island fronting s small group of coconuts near the shore, hence its name. It is usually a drift dive going heading westwards. The coral slope is filled with colorful feather stars, hard and soft corals. A lot of fish such as parrotfish, red tooth triggerfish, snappers and trevallies can be seen at the beginning of the dive. A school of jacks is usually gathering near a sandy slope in the middle of the dive, depending on the strength of the current. This dive site is recommended for advanced and experienced divers only. Make sure to bring inflatable signal buoys.
Largahan is located on the northwest side of the Island. It is also the exit point for divers coming from Coconut Point. The cliff offers an easy dive with soft and hard corals such as tube anemones, black corals and others. There is also a sandy area near the end of the dive where you can see gas bubbles emerging. Lookout for turtles, seasnakes and also bumphead parrot fish.A real unique experience also suited for beginners.
The small island of Sumilon is a perfect stop in combination with oslob. The island features a beautiful sanctuary In the south with beautiful hard coral gardens in the shallow, as well as a colorful wall. On the north side there is a chance to see black tip reef sharks at around 20m depth, although current can be strong sometimes. Sumilon is around 1.5 hours away from Dauin and can also be a dived at during a transfer to Alona Beach or Cabilao.
The world famous place to see whalesharks is only 1.5 hours away by boat. In Oslob, divers and snorkelers have the chance to get a close up experience with the gentle giants. More than 10 whalesharks daily can be spotted in just a small area. Since the whalesharks are being fed by krill, there has been a 99%sightings rate through the last few years. Ideal depth is around 5m. Trips to Oslob are usually combined with dives in Sumilon
Named after the iconic “Boluarte Rock” of Apo Island, the dive site is composed of a slope with soft and hard corals where you can dive in either direction. There are also gas bubbles emerging from the sand nearby at 18m. Turtles, sea snakes, trevallies, and passing bump head parrot fish can be seen here. Suited for beginners and experienced divers as well.
These are only some of the most important dive sites in Dauin Philippines – there are many more very interesting dive spots around Dauin, Dumaguete. Come and see for yourself!