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Dive Review of Atmosphere Resort & Spa in
Philippines/Dumaguete

Atmosphere Resort & Spa: "Not perfect, but close", Dec, 2017,

by Michael O'Reilly, GA, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 10088 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments No dive resort has it all, but, at times, Atmosphere comes close. My wife and I have been to Atmosphere three times now, so I decided to submit a review. There is very very good diving here, with local biodiversity matched by few places in the Philippines (or even in the Indopacific.) The resort has gotten even better in the last five years, with a mature and capable dive staff, more than 80% of whom are from the local area; the best food I've had at any resort (including the El Nido resorts) in the Philippines; a high end (though not inexpensive) spa which is the prime attraction for many of Atmosphere's guests; and, to top it off, a resident marine biologist who teaches the only PADI specialty course dedicated to frogfish in the world.

The dive sites close to the resort are muck dives. Apo Island, a 45 minute boat ride away, offers wall dives and a remarkable variety of coral.

Muck: Atmosphere/Dumaguete is not Lembeh, but it's solid muck diving. We saw 5 sea kraits, harlequin crab, banded pipe fish, commensual chrinoid shrimp, devil scorpion fish, peacock mantis shrimp, translucent shrimp, multiple porcelain crabs and more. That was the first dive, a check out dive on the house reef. At one site, secret corner, we saw 5 octopi, including 2 wonderpuss. Also clown and napolean snake eels, peacock razor wrasse, file fish, and a free swimming snowflake moray, and a juvenille emperor angel fish. On a night dive we saw several squid posing for up close photos, 9 sea snakes, a giant frogfish, squat lobsters, a flathead, many shrimp species, and a friendly flamboyant cuttlefish that stayed with for as long as we wished.

Also of note, Dumaguete has the most plentiful and vibrant garden eels I've ever seen. These guys rise a good 2 feet off of the sandy bottom and dance in the soft current. I even saw two or three feeding. They don't shoot back into the sand intil you're within a meter or less.

That was two days of diving.

Apo: We also did one day (two dives) at Apo Island. Apo has over 400 species of coral in its waters. It's a small island. In two dives you can dive its perimeter. To put this in perspective, in the entire Carribean there are about 187 coral species. As soon as you enter the water at Apo you are over whelmed by the coral variety volume and density. It's stunning. The fish density is very good also. Also, Apo is a haven for Green and Hawksbill turtles. We saw 12 greens on our second dive.

This is an excellent resort, very well run. We've had a total of 5 friends and family members do training at Atmosphere. I'm reluctant to advertise it too much, because I'd hate to see it get too popular, but Undercurrent readers should have Atmosphere on their radar.

Note: all dives include nitrox free of charge.
Websites Atmosphere Resort & Spa   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bunaken, Lembeh, Wakatobi, Sippadan, Indonesian Borneo, GBR, South Australia, PNG, Tanzania, Philippines many locations, Little Caymen, Belize, Turks and Caicos, other
Closest Airport Dumaguete Getting There 20-25 min drive

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 27-29°C / 81-84°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-30 M / 33-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute time limits enforced on some dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 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 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments The best camera room I've ever seen at a resort. Twenty stations with a clean camera work desk, excellent lighting and power outlets. Air gun available.
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