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Dive Review of Atmosphere Resort in

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Paul , AP, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6506
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Jamaica, Caymans, Bonaire, California, Palau, Guam, Malaysia,
Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Maldives, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Notify DM at 1500psi and 700psi.  Max depths were recommended and diving
time was usually 60 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Separate camera center at resort, with 110 and 220 charging stations. 
Dedicated work area and baskets.  Boats had rinse tanks for cameras, but it
wasn't specifically dedicated to cameras only.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
Atmosphere is an excellent resort and has one of the best dive operations
we've ever dove with.  Clean, well laid out rooms with comfortable beds,
great service and tasty desserts as part of the nightly turn-down service. 
The restaurant is phenomenal, with a pretty varied menu and delightful
waitstaff.  They even have one chef who only does deserts!  Each meal had
the option of ordering from the menu or one of several special entrees,
usually showcasing local delicacies.  Special orders were taken without
complaint and the food was always prepared how you wanted it.  The owners
live on site and are available to answer any question or deal with the rare
problem that arises.  The staff and level of service are comparable to some
5 star hotels I have stayed at.  All the staff knew and addressed you by
name.  The dive operation was run by a crack staff, from one of 4 different
boats: Victoria, Eve, La Marian and Seamaster.  Each diver was given a
crate and storage area.  A large sign-up board listed all of the dive
opportunities for the day and divers could sign up for the dives and air
mixtures they wanted, at the times they wanted.  Diving opportunities
started as early as 7AM and the last dive was usually around 5PM.  All of
your gear was transported and set up on the boat for you.  All you had to
do was report for the dive briefing and put on your wetsuit before heading
to the boat.  There was no minimum number of divers required for a boat to
go out, as boats would go if one diver wanted to go.  On multiple
occasions, my wife and I had the boat to ourselves and we were outnumbered
by the crew.  Divers were allowed to suggest dive sites and make requests
for what they would like to see during the dive.  Divemasters worked hard
to fulfill requests.  All of the divemasters were knowledgable of the area
sites and local critters.  Diving was a muckstravaganza!  If you like macro
diving or muck diving, this is the place to go.  Plentiful nudibrachs
abound.  Divemasters would help find the rare critters like flamboyant
cuttlefish, razorfish, coral shrimp and crabs, and the elusive ghost
pipefish.  On one dive we saw four different types of ghost pipefish and
two different types of frogfish!  For the bigger fish, Atmosphere runs
trips to Oslob to snorkel with the whale sharks.  My wife and I would
highly recommend Atmosphere Resort to anyone.  I'm already making plans to
return in September! 
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