Liveaboard Diving in Dauin

What to expect On a Dauin Liveaboard

Liveaboards to Dauin offer divers stunning visibility, beautiful coral reefs, and diverse marine life. Set in the islands of the Philippines, Dauin is a beautiful area with around 25,000 locals, and a Dauin liveaboard is a great place to start your trip. This area is said to be named after a majestic tree taller than all others on the island; some, however, claim that the area has spiritual beings seen by only people in need. Whichever story is true, it is clear that here in the town of Dauin, there is an air of peace and majesty. Further afield, past the town, you can venture up to the Geothermal Reserve for even more peace. Dauin switches its quiet nature on the beautiful beaches to be a hub for many large resorts. A place where snorkellers and scuba lovers gather to talk about the beauties that the waters here have to offer. Liveaboard diving in Dauin is very popular amongst underwater enthusiasts. When you look back at Dauin on your liveaboard adventure, you will notice a church with two mound-like watchtowers, which was once a lookout to spot pirates searching for treasures in these waters.

Liveaboard Dive Trips In Dauin, Philippines

Embark on an incredible trip here in the Philippine Islands. This stunning location offers great visibility up to 45 meters. The coast of Dauin is lined with coral reefs, and you can try your hand at drift diving here as well. This coast is also often visited by whale sharks in the correct season, turtles, and the lesser spotted frogfish! The waters here will offer something for professional divers and beginners, so enjoy your Dauin liveaboard experience. Departing from the Island of Cebu, you will be given a briefing about your week of diving ahead and be welcomed by the crew to your home for the next week. Then, following an easy dive to ensure groups are matched in ability and comfort levels, you will spend your week diving, eating, sleeping, and diving some more. Relax on the deck in the sun or the shade between dives as you travel between the dive sites here and enjoy time with your new dive buddies both on deck and underwater.

Here, you will not miss out on the beauties of the ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for the Greater blue-ringed octopus and mimic octopus; nudibranchs and blue-spotted stingrays; cuttlefish with colors that will mesmerize; and often spotted many species of rare frogfish.

Dive Sites and Areas of Dauin, Philippines

Apo Island An island that is surrounded by a coral reef formation. This stunner is easily seen from the Dauin coast, and it takes only 30 minutes by boat to arrive at the dive area. Look out here for Turtles, Horse-eyed Jacks, and much more. Suitable to all diving abilities.

The Cars is a unique site to see here in the clear waters of the Philippines. You descend along a dark sand slope to find as you come to 24-28 meters 2 Volkswagen cars that have become encrusted with coral, and schools of lionfish have made their home here. Expect also to find the more interesting frogfish, skeleton shrimp, mimic octopus, pipe horses, and cockatoo wasp fish at this site.

Mamsa Point Often a drift dive in strong currents, you will be happy to see 10m - 35m visibility here. This is a dive for experienced divers. Descending to a depth of 38m, this site often offers many big fish, Tuna, and Triggerfish. As you reach the reef at the top of the dive, you may spot sea snakes and nudibranchs.

When To Go

Although the diving season is year-round in the Philippines, there are some things to consider when choosing your time to visit. The Philippines sees the monsoon between September and December; from March through June, the weather is warmest, with the best visibility at this time too. Consider what skin protection to wear in the colder months at 23 degrees Celsius, but most will enjoy diving in a 3mm shortie at 30 degrees Celsius in the summer months. If it's whale sharks you are after spotting, then March to May is the time to visit. However, at all other times, you won't be disappointed by the wonders that you find underwater.

Tips For Travellers

The local currency is the Philippines Peso, which is exchanged over 50 to the US Dollar. If you enter the Philippines as a US or UK citizen, you will usually be granted 30 days as a tourist for other citizens; please check your visa requirements on your government's website. It is important to remember to save some cash for your journey home as there is a 750 peso exit charge from Cebu airport. The Philippines uses plug types A, B, and C; be sure to take an adapter to suit your travel needs, as you will need to charge your underwater camera so you can capture photos of your exciting journey.

How To Get There & Ports Of Departure

You will more often than not arrive in the Philippines through the capital's Manila airport. Transfer most shortly and easily from here with Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, or many other budget airlines to the islands of Cebu for departures of the Philippine Siren. Be sure to check your port of departure for your liveaboard; all three, Malapascua (north), Moalboal (west), and Cebu (east), can be reached by taxi or public transport.


The diving here suits all abilities and will bring you great underwater sights. The liveaboards visiting the Dauin location can cost about $150 a day. For this, you can expect to receive all meals on board, excellent accommodation and hospitality, and 4 dives per day. There may be additional National Park fees. Look at the options available to decide what best suits your diving and liveaboard needs.

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Dauin house reef: interesting to see how much life came in this coral plantation !

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