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Once you have learned to dive, other divers will ask you where you did your course. Why? Because it matters! Now, where there is water, you can pretty much dive. But in some places, the diving is better than average, often for various reasons. But Dauin is better for very specific reasons. It has a great mixture of healthy reef diving and weird funky macro diving. Macro diving, defines the little critters, the smaller fish, the crawlers in the sand, and the hiding stuff on the corals. These little crittes are often ridiculously pretty, but also quite hard to spot. Around Dauin, the sand on the reef banks is black, and a mecca for these little gems. So be prepared to go treasure hunting (spotting) for weird little animals, it is so cool once you figure out what to look for! But, besides macro diving, critter diving, muck diving (call it what you like) the diving around Dauin is really easy and pretty. The reefs are in good condition and you will get to see most of the colourful fish that you would see in a perfect Aquarium! Starting from the beach, your course will be easy, fun and slowly progressing. The bay is calm, the water clear and the instructor is highly professional. A perfect way to start your underwater adventure!
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.
Introduction to course
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular diving certificate worldwide. After completing this 3-4 day course you are certified to dive to 18m independently with a buddy. The course consists of five modules of learning. You study via self-study workbook and complete a knowledge review. This process is assisted by videos accompanying each chapter to reinforce what you have learned. The instructor reviews everything with you to ensure that everything are confidently understood. The practical learning consists of pool sessions and four open water dives. Dive one and two are conducted at a depth of max 12m and dive three and four are conducted at max 18m. The final stage of the PADI Open Water course is an exam, which is a multiple choice exam covering all that you have learnt. Remember that the course is performance based and not time based. The course generally takes 3 to 4 days, with the theoretical, the pool and the open water part successfully passed.
Itinerary - 5 days and 4 night
The PADI Open Water Course is performance based. That means you have to understand and pass the theory and perform the in-water skills correctly and with ease. Therefore, the itinerary can vary slightly from course to course. The course will take 3 to 4 days depending on the students enrolled. To give you an idea of what to expect, see the itinerary below:
Upon arrival, have a walk around the area and get checked in. From there, you will be shown to your room and the dive center. Once you’ve settled, you will return to the dive center to fill in all the necessary paperwork, watch the first videos and discuss the course schedule for the coming days.
Theory and confined water sessions
Theory and confined or open water sessions
Exam and open water dives
Relax & check out. Or go fun diving!
After your course, step up your experience with some extra days of diving around the world famous Apo island. We highly recommend, that you reserve the extra nights of accommodation from home, this place is popular!
Your resort Is very different from the rest! It is one of those places where people end up staying for weeks or even months… not kidding! It is beautiful, full of flowers and very cozy! There is a relaxed atmosphere and a homey feeling that you will love, no doubt! Cook your own food in the common kitchen, take a nap in the hammock station, put on a DVD and crash in a bean bag or grab a tank and go diving just 50 meters from the gate on the coolest housereef in the Philippines!. Your room Double or private room with fan and shared bathrooms (but PRETTY shared bathrooms!). The rooms are all made local style, with bamboo, nipah and mahogany wood. There is mosquito nets available on request.
There are several ways to get to Dauin, depending where your arrival is from. Easiest way is to take a local tricycle direct to the hostel/dive center. Usually the price from Dumaguete airport/pier is no more than 300 pesos. The hostel can also arrange a special transfer a private van for 1200 pesos. However, we do recommend the tricycle ride, which is both a lot of fun and really comfortable (if not too many people and luggage is loaded on the same bike). Tricycles is the local way to get around and this method is a brilliant way to see and experience the country.
If you are in doubt of how to get to the dive center, please do use the contact details on your voucher. They have an extended knowledge of local bus, ferries and minivan services and can guide you too the best route.
You need to let the dive center know your arrival time at least one week in advance. You will find the details for the dive center on your voucher.
No food included
Please note: Trips to Apo Island has an extra fee that has to be paid locally. This fee is not included in the packages above. The dive center schedules several trips to Apo Island every week and you can easily upgrade the diving days you want to an Apo Island dive trip by paying the extra fee at the dive center. (the fee will vary during the seasons). If you want a longer itinerary, you can add extra days of diving and accommodation upon booking. Please note Due to ocean and weather conditions, the itinerary can be subject to change.