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Class 1 Philippine Scuba Diving Destination

Dumaguete has been considered one of the top scuba diving locations in the Philippines for more than two decades. This is largely due to the fact that the Marine Protected Areas, that encompass the waters around Apo Island, were some of the first declared as such in the country.

The habitats surrounding Apo Island, and along other parts of the coast of Negros Oriental, have been the subject of erudite study by universities in Dumaguete and overseas and, through community involvement in these studies, the marine habitats and ecosystems have flourished with the active participation of the people who benefit most from them.

Scuba Diving Highlights In Dumaguete

Whatever your level of scuba diving experience, Dumaguete offers a wide variety of locations for diving enjoyment.

Apo Island

Without question, Apo Island is a simply superb place to dive. The waters around Apo Island offer scuba divers at least 650 species of fish and 400 coral species, as well as sea turtles, sea-snakes, dolphins and whales. Every shape and size of marine creature has found a place somewhere along Apo's reefs and walls or in its caves; every shape and size except, that is, for sharks. If you want to dive with large shoals of bait fish, skip jacks and barracuda or you want to get up close to sea turtles then Apo Island is the place to visit for extended scuba diving adventures.

Mantalip Reef

North of Dumaguete City, but well within reach from the dive shops and dive resorts along the Dumaguete coast is the Mantalip Reef. Because Mantalip Reef has long been a Marine Protected Area the fish are abundant and the predators cruise the reef whenever they feel hungry. Encounters with sharks along Mantalip reef are almost guaranteed

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Scuba Diving Gear Rental In Dumaguete

Renting scuba gear is easy here because there are many quality dive shops along the coast of Dumaguete and on Apo Island. Scuba diving instruction (mostly PADI certified) is available at most dive shops and resorts.

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