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Dive Review of Atmosphere Resort - Dumagete/Atmosphere in
Philippines/Negroes Orientale

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Victor A Bary, NJ, US
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Report Number 6492
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bermuda, Bonaire, Cayman, Cayman Brac, Curacao, Fiji, Little Cyaman,
Roatan, Sipidan, Sulawesi
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Signal Dive Master at 100 BAR and 50 BAR.  Max depths were recommended and
dive time was usually 60 minutes.  Computer users could dive their own
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Camera rinse bucket on boat, large recharging station in dive facility.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Atmosphere resort is beautiful, with lovely rooms and wonderfully friendly
staff.  The meals are spectacular.  Having the Atmosphere owners on site
meant any request could immediately be entertained (by the owners if it
exceeded staff authority).  The dive operation was very well run - each
diver got a stall with hangers and a milk crate for dive equipment (which
was loaded onto the boat by staff before the dive).  The main dive boat -
"Victoria" - ia a spacious 75' local design boat with outriggers.
 It had lots of sitting room under cover.  At the end of each dive you were
greated with a hot towel followed by a beach towel.  Water, hot drinks
(tea, chocolate, and coffee) were available after each dive, as were fresh
fruit and cookies.  We had a lot of input into which sites we would go to,
and each dive was preceeded by thorough briefings. Much of the diving is
macro, muck diving, and Dive Masters Arjay and Richard scouted the sites
for us looking for interesting critters(we wouldn't have seen 1/3 as much
without their help).  Boat captain Marvin was a superb boat handler, and
doubled as stand-up comedian when the boat was at anchor.  The dive support
and boat crews were exceedingly hard-working and competent. The storm that
had hit the island in December reduced most the sites to muck diving with
15' - 25' visibility.  To offset this, we had 5 trips during our two-weeks
to nearby Apo Island, the lee side of which had been spared the storm. Each
trip included 3 dives - with a lunch between dives 2 and 3.  The hard and
soft coral were spectacular, and we saw turtles and sea snakes on nearly
every dive.  We also had a day trip to Sumilian Island near Cebu, where
local fishermen have encouraged whale sharks to frequent by feeding them
krill from boats.  This was a bit contived, but we did get to snorkel with
several juvenile (12'-15') whale sharks.  The muck diving on Negroes
Orientale, including the house reef, produced a spectacular array of
nudibranhs (including Spanish Dancers and some nudis we couldn't even find
in the "Nudibranchs Encylopedia"), tiny frogfish, Ghost and
Ornate pipefish, sea horses, ribbon eels,jaw fish with eggs in mouth, goby
with blind shrimp.  Anenomes and anenomefish of every kind were in
profusion, as were crinoids of every color. On one dive we spent time with
a threesome of small flamboyant cuttlefish.  Other dives produced large
snappers and groupers, sweetlips and trevally, morays.  We saw lots of
porcelin crabs and orangutan crabs on bubble coral.  Numbers of giant clams
at two sites.  Do get the full meal plan so you can really enjoy the food
(we had two whole fish banquests during our stay, and there was a
beachfront barbeque each week - one serving whole roast pig and another
featuring sea food).  Our only disappointment was the low visibility and
amount of muck diving resulting from the December storm.  Apo Island and
Sahara Reef are sites you should definately visit.
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