To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course, you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
The MDA 5-Star Club is for divers seeking adventure! It includes discounts at all MDA locations, preferred rates on rentals and air fills, special club rates on diving and discounts at our sponsor businesses all over Guam.
Dumaguete, known as the “City of Gentle People”, is the capital of the Negros Oriental province in the Central Visayas, located at the southeastern tip of Negros Island. Most ‘Dumaguete’ dive resorts are actually located in the smaller town of Dauin, about 20min south of the capital. This region, and the rest of the Philippines, falls within the famous Coral Triangle, recognized as the world’s center of marine biodiversity. This region is home to over 3,000 species of fish and six of the world’s seven marine turtle species. In Dumaguete you’ll also be a boat ride away from one of the few places it’s possible to snorkel with the ocean’s gentlest giants, whale sharks.
HOW TO GET THERE
Outgoing (Guam to MNL): Arrive in Manila with time to connect to dive destinations by using Philippine Airlines morning flight PR0111, operating 7 days a week. For the connecting flight to your destination stick with PAL for an easier booking & connection or transfer to Cebu Pacific for slightly lower rates.
Return (MNL to Guam): Getting back to Manila in time to catch an early flight to Guam isn’t possible, so use your last day to relax or do some sight-seeing. Taking a later-afternoon flight on PAL or Cebu Pacific will also minimize your stopover time in the Manila Airport.
MNL to GUM: Flights depart in the evening, around 10pm, and arrive in Guam around 4am the following day. Flight PR 0110 on Philippine Airlines.
Diving – Incredible macro and amazing diversity of marine life. Ghost pipefish, cuttlefish, and even blue ring and mimic octopus are among the many rare creatures that can be discovered while diving Dumaguete. Nearby Apo Island is one of the most popular dive spots in the region and is easily accessible from Dumaguete’s beach resorts.
Whale sharks – Trips to snorkel and swim with Oslob’s resident whale sharks can be booked at your Dumaguete resort. The trip is about 2hrs by boat and includes two dives at nearby Sumilon Island. The crossing is subject to ocean conditions.
Culture & Local Customs – Several events and fesitvals occur throughout the year but the Buglasan Festival, the “festival of festivals”, occurs every October. A week-long event of music, costumes, parades, fireworks, live band competitions and dancing in streets.
When To Go – April and May tend to have the best weather and most visitor traffic. Dry season extends from December – May, with wet season from June – November.
Permits & Fees
Please be aware of required local permits and airport departure fees.
These must be paid in cash at your destination and are not included in travel packages.
Permits are purchased through the tour operator at your destination. Departure fees are paid at the airport upon departure.
Dive & Land permits
The marine sanctuaries around Dumaguete provide amazing diving, however there are a few small fees and regulations in place to keep them funded and protected. The Dauin Coast, Apo Island, Sumilon Island and Siquijor Island each have sanctuary fees, there is also a separate fee for camera use. Sanctuary and camera fees vary but are generally less than US$10 per day. Whale shark tours have additional fees and fuel surcharges.
There are no departure fee’s required in Dumaguete.