If you are in doubt of where to do your Advanced Open Water Course, you should look no further! We totally recommend Dauin as the place. The instructors are highly professional and very relaxed. The diving is easy but OH SO very special, and the overall atmosphere in this place, makes you want to stay forever and ever. The Advanced Open Water course is very different from all the other courses. THIS course is all about gaining experience and confidence in the water. During the 5 dives, you will become more independent as a diver, gain more awareness of the environment and generally become more comfortable in the water. Your skills as a diver, will slowly be developed over 5 dives. By the end of this course, you'll be certified to dive to a maximum of 30 meters, and have gained a lot more comfort and control in the water.
On a more general note... The diving is suitable for all levels of divers, but especially highly recommendable for the geeky diver seeking rare macro sightings! The beginner, seeking easy diving and pretty reefs will love the turtles and the pretty patches of reef, but be aware! The area is very much about diving on the black volcanic sand, looking for the strange life that can be found in this kind of habitat. It is like a treasure hunt, where weird tiny marine life is the pretty gems. If you haven't tried muck diving, THIS is the place to start! And, if you also want to experience the full on coral reef and some bigger marine life, you can always get on a boat and head out to the world famous Apo Island and Sumilon island. (We have to say it again the corals out there are pretty damn fine!). If you want relaxed beach diving with rare and odd marine life, you should dive the coast of Dauin. If you want it all, dive both Dauin Coast and Apo Island and enjoy the wickedness of the Philippine waters.
Above water Dauin is a local town just South of Dumaguete City. Dumaguete City is placed in the middle of The Visayas and is the perfect travel hub to other famous dive destinations. Siquijor, Bohol, Moalboal, Malapascua or Sipalay is less than a days travel from Dumaguete, which makes it a perfect stop on your way around the Philippines…
The diversity of the coast is truly magnificent, and the underwater scenery is as pure as it gets. With the islands cultural attractions on land, the gentle people, dramatic landscape and amazing diving opportunities, it is a combination that is spot on.