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Dive Review of Atmosphere Resort & Spa in
Philippines/Negros Orientales

Atmosphere Resort & Spa: "Great Muck & Wall Diving", Sep, 2015,

by Bradley William Bowen, UT, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8373 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Maldives, Indonesia, Cozumel, Galapagos, Hawaii, California, Florida, Socorro Islands, Palau, Turks & Caicos, Cayman Islands, Philippines, etc.
Closest Airport Dumaguette Getting There We took a 30 minute ferry from Cebu, and it was only a short trip from the ferry terminal to the resort.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 30 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divemasters never got upset that we didn't stay right with them, or went deeper than briefing. They did not want to dive more than an hour, and were sure to arrange return to the boat on muck dives after we stayed down an extra 10 minutes a few times. At Apo Island air supply dictated dive time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Large camera room with large individual stations that have towels, compressed air, shelf above, storage below - everything photographers need. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Atmosphere Resort & Spa, September 11-18, 2015

A van prearranged with Atmosphere picked us up at the ferry terminal from Cebu Island, where we dove for 5 days prior to taking a 30 minute ferry to the island of Negros Orientales.

Atmosphere Resort is very upscale. Our package included unlimited diving, ground transportation, a trip to Apo Island, and food. After arriving and interviewing many different people I learned this is an expensive resort, and I strongly recommend having your travel agent make prior arrangements to include everything to minimize cost. Because everything was prearranged, the additional trip to Apo Island my wife and I booked was at minimal cost, and an extra night dive I did was charged at lower cost than posted.

Great muck diving in both directions with only a 5 minute or less boat ride from the resort where we saw all kinds of crazy critters, many different types of rare pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish, squid, orangutan crabs, schools of snapper, mating grouper, several rays, a dozen seahorses, octopus in a cleaning station, sea snakes, etc. This isn't for beginners because you will be in a cloud of silt if you do not know how to control your buoyancy very well.

Apo Island provided fabulous wall diving with incredible hard and soft corals, many differently colored frog fish, big schools of horse-eye jacks, barracuda, many different jacks and trevally, batfish, many different scorpion fish, a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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