Dumaguete in a Nutshell - Dumaguete offers the perfect mix of everything a dive traveller would want - great selection of resorts, a nice size town, lots of critters and good wide-angle. Add in the friendly people of the Philippines and you have a winning destination.
Water Temperature: Water temp is generally 27.5C/81F but in January and February this can drop to around 25C/77F. We recommend diving in a 3mm full wetsuit with booties. Many divers choose to wear light gloves and occasionally a hood after several days of repetitive diving. Be sure to bring a light rain jacket, and ample sun protection.
Visibility: Typically 30 - 40ft at Dauin, 60 - 80ft at Apo Island
Weather: Dumaguete has two seasons, the dry and the wet seasons. The average maximum temperature is 34.3 °C and the average minimum temperature is 22.9 °C.
Apo Island is about an hour boat ride away from Dauin. The diving at Apo Island is quite distinct from that of the main island dive sites. Chapel Point, Cogon and The Sanctuary are popular sites. They have gorgeous steep walls with extremely healthy hard coral, large moray eels, clownfish and shrimp gobies were in the sand. You can also see blue ribbon eels, Nembrotha nudibranchs and sea snakes. At Cogon, there is sometimes a huge school of Jacks that will let you enter the school for a very cool experience. There are lots of Anthias, as well as juvenile damsel fish. The visibility at Apo is very nice, more than 30 meters in most spots and it is the place in Dumaguete to go to see big schools of fish, really healthy hard coral walls and a few critters. If you are a wide angle shooter, this is the place in Dumaguete for you.
DAUIN MACRO SITES
The dive sites of Dauin, near the resorts, are generally sandy slopes, that offer easy diving for dives of all levels. The sites can be reached either by boat or shore dives. Here are a few fish that you can expect to see there: triggerfish, parrotfish, moray eels, surgeonfish, snappers, groupers, Moorish idols, gobies, batfish, lionfish, trumpet fish, puffer fish, filefish, wrasses, and trevallies. The area also has several artificial reefs that attract a good number of critters and juvenile fish. These are mainly muck sites, so if you want some reef diving make sure you let the Bluewater Travel staff know so that we can arrange for you to have a few days also at Apo Island.
Weather - October to early June is the main diving season in Dumaguete. July to September can have strong monsoons, so it's best to avoid those months. The critters and rich marine life are found year-round.
Topside & Non-Diving Activities - Dumaguete is relatively limited in terms of non-dive activities. There are no restaurants or nightclubs in the area. 4 dives a day and three meals is a full schedule, especially as an underwater photographer maintaining a camera rig. Bring a book, talk to new friends and take in the amazing sunsets on the days you're not night diving.
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