Scuba courses in Dauin, Philippines

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!

Dauin Travel Tips (at a glance)

  • International airport: Cebu
  • Language: English | Visayan
  • Local transport: Grab
  • Where to change money: Exchange | ATM
  • Communication: Facebook Messenger
  • Average Temperature: 31C | 87.8F
  • Mobile Internet: Local SIM
  • Visa: Visa on Arrival
  • Food: Vibrant local cuisine

Where We Offer Scuba Courses in Dauin

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.

Why Do We Offer Scuba Courses Here?

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.

The Dive Centre

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.

The Scuba Diving

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.

Vegan | Plant-based | Curious

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.

You Made it This Far, Fire Us Your Questions:)

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 😉


  • Day 1: Arrival day. Transfer from the airport or the port to Atmosphere Resort.
  • Day 2: Go over academics with your instructor in the morning and get introduced to your dive equipment and scuba skills you will be practising. After reviewing your academics, you can jump into the pool for your confined session. The key here is that this is taken entirely at your speed. There will be a break for lunch and a rest; then, your confined session will continue in the afternoon.
  • Day 3: In the morning, you will dive into the ocean for the first time!! You will complete Open Water Dives one and two to a maximum depth of 12 metres. After lunch and a rest, you will complete any of your confined practice that you haven’t yet finished in the swimming pool.
  • Day 4: It is time for Open Water Dives three and four! You will get to dive on some of the incredible coral reefs of Tulamben, maybe spot some remarkable critters, and get down to a maximum depth of 18 metres. After lunch and a rest you will have the chance to take a celebratory dive for completing your Open Water course.
  • Day 5: After breakfast, it will be time to head off to your next destination, or perhaps stay a while longer for some more awesome diving!
  • Day 1: Arrival day. Transfer from the airport or the port to Atmosphere Resort, Dauin.
  • Day 2: Today, you will do three dives. Before each dive, you will go over the knowledge development and skills involved in each dive. Remember you will have two dives you must complete, the Deep dive and Navigation, and three more adventure dives you can choose.
  • Day 3: On the third day, you will do two dives in the morning. Depending on your airport schedule, you may have the chance to do a celebratory scuba dive in the afternoon.
  • Day 4: After breakfast, it will be time to check out and head off to your next destination, or perhaps stay another night for some more diving 😉

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.

  • Day 1: Arrival day. Transfer from the airport or port to Atmosphere Resort, Dauin. Or, if you are already in the area, we can pick you up to check in.
  • Day 2: Your two-dive PADI Nitrox course with academics.

Dive Packages

Open Water Diver 5D|4N
from $1578 USDper person
  • Accommodation with full board.
  • Course learning materials and certification.
  • All required equipment.
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Advanced Diver 4D|3N
from $1170 USDper person
  • Accommodation with full board.
  • Course learning materials and certification.
  • All required equipment.
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Nitrox Specialty 2D|2N
from $725 USDper person
  • Accommodation with full board.
  • Course learning materials and certification.
  • All required equipment.
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