The Philippines is an incredible place to start your Scuba diving journey, to upgrade your current diving certification, explore your diving interests, or even become a dive professional. Dauin, situated just next to Dumaguete in Negros Oriental, is part of the Visayas in the Philippines and one of the best diving locations in the country.
The area provides stunning, accessible reef dives for beginners; exhilarating drift dives over corals swarming with fish for the more experienced, and loads of great opportunities for PADI specialty courses such as underwater photography, Nitrox….and the list goes on. Dauin is also home to some incredibly well-appointed and professionally run dive resorts and dive centres. We believe your scuba journey should be one of inclusivity, environmental education, wellness and responsibility. This is why we partner with Atmosphere Resort in Dauin for pretty much any PADI dive course you can think of!
Within the Philippines, we offer scuba diving courses in a few superb locations, and Dauin is one of the best. Accessible by plane into Dumaguete from Manila and Cebu, or by boat from Bohol, then a quick ride in a van, Dauin is easy to travel to. We can give you tips for your travel to Dumaguete and arrange a pick-up for you once you arrive on the island. In Dauin, we offer courses with Atmosphere, an extremely well-regarded, well-appointed, PADI 5-star Resort and Instructor Development Centre.
Atmosphere is located right on a long expanse of beach that has been a marine-protected area for many years and showcases what proper marine protection can achieve. The dive facilities are second to none, with incredible pools for confined sessions, mouth-watering inclusive food, and comfortable, stylish accommodations. Importantly, the resort has a long-running program of sustainability and giving back to the community.
Because here, your safety, wellness and enjoyment are paramount. Atmosphere Resort has won the title of the ‘Best Dive Resort Worldwide’, and your stay here will show you why. Not only that but the scuba diving is incredible! You will encounter rich coral reefs teeming with fish, large schools of pelagics, loads of critters, and the world-renowned Apo Island is just a short boat ride away.
Atmosphere is a 5-star PADI Dive Resort and IDC centre. This means the team has reached a high level of professionalism and is able to offer scuba courses from beginner, all the way to professional levels. If you are considering working in the industry, here is a great place to learn. The dive shop also offers technical diving and a huge range of specialty courses.
Dauin is famous in the diving world for the rich macro life that hides out in the black volcanic sands that highlight the abundant, colourful corals. But not only is Dauin a macro lovers’ paradise. Just off the coast is Apo Island, the longest-running marine sanctuary in the Philippines, home to gorgeous hard and soft coral gardens, swirls of schooling jackfish, stacks of colourful reef life and numerous curious pelagics and sea turtles. It is a fantastic place to not just get scuba certified or upgrade, but do some fantastic diving at the same time.
You are probably very aware by now how important it is to protect the ocean. You may also be aware of the huge, detrimental effect farming animals and fishing have on the oceans not to mention the ethical problems, which are many. For these reasons, the dive resort offers an inclusive, fully vegan full board menu for guests and those curious to try. For more information on the menu, do not hesitate to get in touch.
If you are thinking about trying scuba diving for the first time or possibly looking to upgrade your current certification. Perhaps you are exploring a specialty course or interest; you are bound to have some questions. We have been in the dive education profession for almost twenty years, and I reckon have pretty much heard every question there is. Try to surprise us and get in touch here. Remember the silliest question, is the one not asked 😉
Recommended adventure dives for Dauin are a night dive, fish identification, and peak performance buoyancy. The abundance of marine life and different dive sites make Dauin an excellent choice for scuba courses in the Philippines.
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