GPS Coordinates: 9°11’39.8″N 123°16’20.2″E
Dumagat Freedive is situated in Dauin (pronounced as dow-in) in the province of Negros Oriental. 15 kilometers south of Dumaguete city, Dauin’s coast is known for its world class macro diving. Several marine protected areas situated along Dauin’s brown sand coast offer amazing underwater scenery- from beautiful corals to exotic marine creatures. Some of the commonly seen aquatic life forms include the flamboyant cuttlefish, seahorse, ornate ghost pipefish, painted frogfish, devilfish, parrotfish and turtles, of course. The clear waters along the coast is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, freediving and scuba diving. Freediving is done just a short swim away from the center.
Dauin is also the jump-off point for getting to the renowned Apo island, also known for its impressive diving. Dumaguete can be reached by flight from Cebu in less than an hour, and less than 1.5 hours from Manila. From Dumaguete, it takes 20 to 25 minutes to get to Dauin by public transportation or more conveniently, by private drivers. Dumaguete can be reached relatively easy from Siquijor in less than an hour, Tagbilaran (Bohol) in 2 hours, and Cebu in 2 to 6 hours by one of many ferry connections.
From Dumaguete pier, take a tricycle to the bus terminal. Take any southbound bus and ask the conductor to drop you off in Dauin. Small jeepneys (multicabs) also leave Dumaguete every 15 minutes or so by the fruit market (around the corner from the church) along Colon Street.
Dumagat Freedive is roughly within 15 minutes leisurely walk along the sand from where the majority of hotels are. You can also reach the shop by tricycle or passenger motorbike (habal-habal). Dumagat Freedive is at the end of Luka Street in Barangay Lipayo.
Time tables, hopping on ferries, pumpboats, buses, jeepneys, and tricycles take time. Don’t rush. You might as well have fun with the journey or it can get frustrating. When in a major city like Manila and Cebu, I’d highly suggest using the Grab mobile app to hail transport. Departure and arrival times can change due to a number of reasons. Please check the ferry operator’s website for up-to-date schedules and bookings. Keep in mind that transportation changes and delays are fairly common in the country. Be flexible with your travel arrangements.
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