Dauin Coast diving offers a wide array of dive sites for different levels and interests. The black volcanic sand that stretches along the coast creates a perfect habitat for critters and strange creatures making this region one of the best in the world for muck diving. For those of you who do not know what muck diving is, then come on over and give it a go. You will be amazed by the weird and wonderful things you will find living in the ‘muck’.
It is not all about the muck though! The coast also offers some stunning coral reefs, great drift dives, mandarin night dives, turtles, schooling fish and if you are lucky a passing whale shark can all be seen along Dauin Coast. This region has dives suitable for all divers from beginner open water to the more experienced advanced and professional divemaster, there is something for everyone here.
MAINIT – AOW or experienced divers – 20minutes – max depth 20mts
A good drift dive for the more experienced diver, reaching 20mts there can sometimes be strong currents. This site is named after the hot patches of yellow sand that can be seen towards the end of the dive, Mainit literally means hot! The sand is a byproduct of the nearby hot springs.
It is possible to encounter schools of barracuda and Spanish mackerel during the Drift. Also hidden in the sandy slope you can see different varieties of snake eels.
SAN MIGUEL TIRES – OW or beginner divers – 10 minutes – max depth 18mts
A great macro dive site, it starts with a sandy slope reminiscent of muck dives. Hidden in the side are a wide variety of weird and wonderful critters. The site gets its name after all the old car tires that were placed here to create an artificial reef. They are now covered in hard corals and sponges and hold a plethora of marine life.
Common sightings here include frog fish, squid, cuttlefish, nubibranches, shrimps, scorpion fish, moray eels and crabs. This site makes for an amazing night dive.
SAN MIGUEL REEF – OW or beginner divers – 10 minutes – max depth 20mts
Starting at the same place as the tire dive, this site takes you in a different direction towards a gently sloping reef that is covered in sea anemones, inhabited by an array of clownfish. A great dive for beginner divers there are lots interesting crabs, shrimps, nudibranchs and scorpion fish to be found here. This also a great night dive site.
ATLANTIS HOUSE REEF – OW or beginner diver – 10 minutes
This house reef is situated out from in front of Atlantis Resort. There are some old car tires and moorings that are encrusted with soft corals and sponges. As you pass over the sloping sandy bottom you can find many strange critters hiding in the dark sand. Large outcroppings of hard coral are scattered over the reef and are home to a wide variety of fish life. Schools of snapper, mackerel and anthias can be seen swimming around the reefs. Hidden in the hard corals it is possible to find sea horses, frog fish, shrimps, cowries, nudibranchs and flat worms. This is a very popular night dive spot.
SAHARA REEF – AOW or experienced – maximum depth 20mts – 10minutes
An interesting drift dive in the right currents where you can see schools of fish drifting along; green sea turtles are also a regular sight on this dive. At the start of the dive hidden within the sandy slope you can find many varieties of nudibranch, frog fish and an array of weird and wonderful critters. An interesting muck dive with a finishing drift!
SAHARA DEEP – AOW or experienced – maximum depth 30mts – 5 minutes
This is a favorite muck dive for many divers. Hidden in the sandy bottom and amongst the numerous wrecks of cars and boats you can find an abundance of macro life. Cuttlefish, frog fish, crabs, shrimps, devil fish, nudibranch, flat worms are amongst the strange critters that can be seen on this unique deep much dive.
THE CARS – AOW or experienced – maximum depth 30mts – 10minutes
As the name suggests this dive site is situated around 2 car wrecks that house an amazing amount of fish life. Schools of snappers, sweetlips and angel fish are common here and the cars themselves create an ideal habitat for a wide variety of shrimps, crustaceans and other macro life. In the sandy bottom surrounding the cars you can see ghost pipe fish,dragonetes, scorpion fish and frogfish.
SHALLOW CARS – OW or beginner – maximum depth 20mts – 10minutes
The shallow sandy slope that precedes The Cars, is a great muck dive unto itself. This area is home to an amazing array of macro life from seahorses to scorpion
fish; dragonets to wasp fish; octopus to pipefish this site has it all. If you love much diving this is definitely the dive site for you.
DAUIN NORTE – OW or intermediate – maximum depth 24mts – 10minutes
One of the most popular dive sites in the region. The beginning of the dive is a gentle shallow sandy slope that is dotted with old mooring blocks that are home to numerous different marine creatures including frog fish, pipe fish, shrimp, crabs, nudibranch and much more. The slope leads you to a coral encrusted reef that houses a wide variety of fish life including damsel fish, barracuda, anthias and snappers. A must do dive site for all divers.
DAUIN SUR – OW or beginner – maximum depth 20mts – 15minutes
Another favorite dive site and very similar to Dauin Norte, this site starts with a gently sloping sandy reef that leads you to a stunning coral covered reef. The start of the dive is a great muck dive with all the usual critters hiding in the sand. The coral reef is home to a wide variety of fish life and thel is amazingly healthy. Another must do dive for all levels of diver.
GINAMA-AN –OW or beginner – maximum depth 20mts – 15minutes
The literal translation of the name of this dive site means ‘man made’ and that is exactly what the site is; a man made tire garden that has created a unique habitat for numerous marine creatures. Living amongst the tires you can see a variety of shrimps, crabs, gobies, anemone fish, pipefish and of course many reef fishes.
MASAPLOD NORTE – AOW – or experienced – maximum depth 20mts – 2 minutes
An occasional strong current can turn this dive into a good drift dive. During the drift you can see large schools of jacks, snappers and barracudas. Sea turtles are also quite common here. Hiding in the sand it is also possible to see blue spotted stingrays and a heaps of macro life.
MASAPLOD SUR – OW or beginner – maximum depth 20mts – 2minutes
This dive site has been formed by two separate reefs and some old car tires. Sea moths, pipefish, anemone fish and many other reef fishes can be seen at this dive site. The two reefs are covered in healthy hard and soft corals making for a stunning gentle dive for any level of diver.
PANABOLON – OW or beginner – maximum depth 20mts – 20minutes
A popular dusk dive this site is where you can see Mandarin fish every evening dancing around the hard corals. To witness the beautiful mating ritual of these fish you have to be patient. Just sit and watch them hop around the reef before a pair dart upwards rubbing side to side in their mating ritual. Once you have seen the mandarin fish, move on to explore the other creatures hiding in the hard corals as the dusk dive gradually becomes a night dive.
BASAC NORTE – OW or beginner – maximum depth 20mts – 35minutes
A good muck dive, this sandy reef hides a wide variety of critters including dragonets, gurnards, nudibranch and pipefish. If you like searching amongst the rubble then you will love this dive site. It is also possible to find blue spotted stingrays relaxing in the sand.
BASAC SUR – AOW – or experienced – maximum depth 20mts – 30minutes
This stunning coral reef is a change from the regular sandy bottomed dive sites around Dauin and feels more like Apo Island. Living amongst the wide variety of healthy hard and soft corals you can find, schools of sweetlips, snappers and groupers. The regular critters like frog fish, pipe fish and nudibranchs are another common sight on this lovely dive.
LUTOBAN – AOW – or experienced – maximum depth 20mts – 40 minutes
Another great drift dive, this site is covered in healthy hard and soft corals that you can see swaying in the current. Taking advantage of the surroundings you will see schools of barracuda, sweetlips, snapper and many other tropical reef fish nestling in the corals; a stunning dive for the experienced diver.
ANDULAY – AOW – or experienced – maximum depth 24mts – 45 minutes
The most southern dive site before you reach Apo Island, this site is host to some very strong currents, as a result the soft corals are lush and the fish life abundant. It is possible to see schools of barracuda, anthias, snappers and sweetlips as well as many small critters hiding in the corals.
We have great fun diving packages available for all levels of divers. If you send us your muck diving wish list we will try our best to succeed in showing you all the crazy critters that live along the Dauin Coast. Email us for more information on our dive packages.