Best Dauin Dive Sites in Negros Oriental

Dauin, a fourth class town in Negros Oriental in the Visayas Region is a superb hub for divers. The town literally boasts of dive sites teeming with vibrant underwater creatures and landscapes. For many, it’s the best place for muck diving in the Philippines.

Although it’s recommended that you explore all of Dauin dive sites, you may not be able to do so given the limited time, so take your pick from this list.

Dive Spots Dauin

Note: Check out dive spots Negros Oriental too. The province itself and nearby towns are teeming with dive spots that you can also visit.

1. Atlantis House Reef (65 feet)

This reef features hard corals and dark sand with plenty of sea grass where numerous razorfish, hairy frogfish, ghost pipefish, cuttlefish and sea horse thrive.

Dauin Beach Photo by: Cristian Bortes of
Diving at Dauin Photo by: Cristian Bortes of

2. Car Wrecks (100 feet)

There are two car wrecks found in this dive site, hence the name. And the wrecks have blended into the undersea environment, and have turned into a safe haven for pygmy cuttlefish, cockatoo waspfish, lionfish, scorpionfish, snake eels, stonefish, and the queer ringtail cardinalfish. There is also an abundance of crustaceans and shrimps in the area.

3. Car Wrecks Shallow (40 feet)

If diving the depths of the Car Wrecks is too much of a challenge, then the shallows is a great alternative. Still abundant with exotic marine life including threadfin sand diver, seamoths, seahorses, cockatoo waspfish, dragonettes, and flounders.

4. Dauin Norte (80 feet)

This is the most visited dive site in Dauin due to its proximity and gentle slopes. Despite the diving activity in the area, the coral reefs remain protected and vibrant with lots of anthias, damsel fish, frogfish, ghost pipefish, snappers, barracudas and crabs.

5. Dauin Sur (65 feet)

The calm waters of Dauin Sur is ideal for no-frills diving with plenty of opportunities for taking pictures. Some of the exotic sea creatures to encounter here are giant groupers, green turtles, ribbon eels, aquat lobsters, garden eels, and dogtooth tuna.

Dauin Beach Photo by: Cristian Bortes of
Dauin Beach Photo by: Cristian Bortes of

6. El Dorado Reef (65 feet)

The sloping reefs combined with muck in this dive site offer a challenging ride of the currents with glimpses of ghost pipefish, moray eel, scarlet cleaner shrimp and devilfish. The sandy bottoms is home to various crabs, corals and shrimps.

7. El Dorado Deep (100 feet)

Ship and car wrecks are always fascinating to see in a dive exploration. More so if they were adorned by loads of flamboyant cuttlefish, ghost pipefish, emperor angels, pygmy pipe horses, garden eels,  peacock razorfish, coral crabs, and porcelain crabs.

8. Ginama-an

The reef’s name refers to artificial or manmade. Ginama-an was established using piles of car tires and has plenty of anemone fish, coral shrimp, frogfish, harlequin shrimp, and the peculiar mimic octopus.

9. Mainit (65 feet)

Mainit means hot in the local dialect, and this dive site is named as such because of the hot sand and thermal activity in the location. There is an abundance of barracudas, surgeonfish, yellow snappers, dogtooth tuna, snake eels, Moorish idols, and white tip sharks. Currents are strong and challenging, but there is much to see here.

10. Masaplod Norte (80 feet)

A bit of challenge can be had in this dive site with medium current and relative depth. What makes the dive more interesting are the creatures that live there such as rock cod, snapper, trumpetfish, green turtle, blue trevally, barracuda, soft coral crab, nudibranchs, and batfish. There’s also the prized flasher wrasse.

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11. Masaplod Sur (65 feet)

This dive site, a favorite of macro diver photographers, features reed patches and sandy gullies where divers can spot Pegasus sea moth, flying gurnard, ghost pipefish, finger dragonettes, goatfish, comets, nudibranchs, and frogfish.

12. Pyramids (95 feet)

The pyramids that can be seen in this location are made of metal, and the dive is itself a wonderful journey that progresses in depth. Some of the sea animals that thrive here are xeno crabs, banded tozeuma shrimp, Donald duck shrimps, black corals, and sponges.

13. San Miguel North (60 feet)

The sandy slopes of this dive sites plus its relatively shallow waters make it feasible to explore the entire area in one go. Some of the sea creatures to encounter here include ghost pipefish, spiny devilfish, nudibranchs, and the tiny pygmy squid.

14. San Miguel Tires (60 feet)

There are rubber tires deposited in this location and they have become artificial reefs for the sea creatures for many years now. The San Miguel Tires is home to several scorpion fish, moray eels, pygmy squid, lion fish, ambon scorpion fish, striated frogfish, and bumblebee shrimp.

Bottom Line

Dauin in Negros Oriental, Philippines is an underwater paradise and a great destination for divers of all levels. With crystal clear water, abundant marine life, and colorful coral reefs, it’s no wonder why it’s one of the top dive sites in the world. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing shore dive or an exciting deep-sea adventure, there’s something here for everyone. So don’t wait any longer—get out there now and explore the majestic underwater wonders of Dauin! 



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