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Dive Review of Atmosphere Resort in
Philippines/Dumaguete

Atmosphere Resort, Apr, 2012,

by Paul , AP, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6506.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Notify DM at 1500psi and 700psi. Max depths were recommended and diving time was usually 60 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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