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Dolphin Watching and whale watching are especially popular around the waters off Dumaguete along the Tañon Strait. Dolphin species are typically bottle-nose dolphins, spotted dolphins and spinner dolphins. Whale species are typically pygmy sperm whales, pygmy killer whales, melon headed whales and pilot whales; whale sharks are frequently seen passing through the area.

The dolphins here are mostly residents of the Philippines while the whales are just passing through. The whales use the Tañon Strait on their migrations from the Pacific Ocean to/from the Indian Ocean via the San Bernardino Strait. The added variety of whales observable off Dumaguete is due to a second migration route, which passes through the Surigao Strait, where some whales use the passage pass North of Bohol Island that joins the Tañon Strait at the southern end of Negros Oriental immediately off Dumaguete.

Dolphin Watching Locations Around Dumaguete

Dolphin Watching around Dumaguete has been pioneered by the townsfolk of Bais, just North of Dumaguete City. From Bais, during the southwest monsoon (April to October), tour boats will regularly go out, usually early in the mornings, taking tourists to observe the dolphins seeking their breakfast and whales just passing through.

Less organized but equally rewarding if you have a little more patience, is watching dolphins playing around Apo Island, just South of Dumaguete City.

Whale sharks frequently pass through the Tañon Strait to/from their annual meeting place at Donsol, off the West coast of Sorsogon.

Dolphin species recorded in the Philippines include: spinner dolphins, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin, common bottlenose dolphin, pantropical spotted dolphin, striped dolphin, rough-toothed dolphin, Fraser's dolphin, Risso's dolphin and the Irrawaddy Dolphin.

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Rent Boats For Dolphin Watching In Dumaguete

Renting a tour boat for Dolphin Watching around Dumaguete is easy, especially in the town of Bais. Elsewhere you will probably have to negotiate with a dive-shop operator or your beach resort to take you out towards Apo Island.

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