Known as “the City of Gentle People”, Dumaguete is home to around 120,000 locals and has a cozy small town vibe. This friendly destination is ideal for those who want to combine excellent muck diving with the chance to experience the Filipino way of life.
Dumaguete is world-renowned for its muck diving and critter life but it is also home to stunning reefs and passing pelagics including barracuda, turtles, sea snakes, schooling snappers and jacks.
The list of macro critters is almost endless with flamboyant cuttlefish, frogfish, blue ring, Mototi and coconut octopus, seahorses, flasher wrasse, ghost pipefish, nudibranch and soft coral crabs, just to name a handful!
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
There is a small airport in Dumaguete known as Sibulan Airport or Sibulan-Dumaguete Airport. There are daily flights from both Cebu and Manila, making Dumaguete one of the more easily accessible diving areas in the Philippines.