Located in the southern Visayas, along the southern coast of
Negros Island, the waters near Dauin and Dumaguete offer one of the
best places on earth for macro enthusiasts and those seeking out
weird and wonderful creatures, often found during what is known as
The dive sites near Dauin consist of sandy, silty bottoms with
the occasional coral reef, but the stars of the show are the rare
and bizarre critters found in this unique, volcanic environment.
From all types of frogfish to flamboyant cuttlefish to ornate
ghostpipe fish, photographer or not, you will be amazed by the
creatures found here.
But it is not all about the muck diving. Yes, these sites are
right on your doorstep but just a 30 minute banca ride away takes
you to Apo Island, a complete contrast to the sandy shores of
Dauin. Apo Island is surrounded by coral walls and sloping reefs
overflowing with marine life. Huge schools of jack are often seen,
as well as turtles aplenty and still the opportunity to see the
occasional frogfish! Currents can be fierce, but this is what
brings in the fish and keeps the corals so healthy.
If you want to explore on land rather than just underwater
(although there is enough to keep you excited here for weeks),
Negros is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and
interesting culture. Just some of the things you can explore
include Casaroro waterfall, the serene Twin lakes and Balanan lake,
which offers kayaking, trekking and man-made plunge pools within
the rainforest itself. If you are feeling a little more active, a
climb up the mountainside offers lovely views over the coconut
This is a fascinating region to visit, both above and below the
waves. Add in some really excellent accommodation and you are most
certainly in for a treat.