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

Atmosphere Resort & Spa: "4 years later and even better than before", Jun, 2023,

by Steven Moore, CT, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 12562.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Our first visit to Atmosphere Resorts & Spa was in 2019. We were incredibly impressed with the resort and loved the diving (including the only PADI frogfish certification program in the world) that we booked a return trip for May of 2020. And then COVID. So we postponed our follow up trip for May, 2021. But The Philippines was still closed due to COVID, so we ultimately just cancelled the whole thing.

Then, in January 2023, we had other plans fall through so we looked back to Atmosphere and ultimately booked a 2-week stay in The Philippines. The owners and staff of Atmosphere were not idle during the extended shutdown. They were planning a significant expansion back in 2019 and by the time we arrived in June, we were able to benefit from the extremely positive changes. First, they built a new open-air, but fully covered, restaurant. The kitchen area is fully visible, both from chairs/stools located at a long counter and from all of the tables across the floor. The menu is very diverse with both local options and international choices, but we usually selected from the daily “specials” board they presented at the start of each meal. We never had to duplicate a selection twice – although we did return to a couple of favorite items because they were just so flavorful and fresh. The rating here gives 5 stars, but only because we couldn’t give more.

The second major upgrade since 2019 was the addition of 8 private “pool bungalows”. Each of these very large rooms (95 meters squared/1,022 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving US, Fiji (x2), Papua New Guinea, Indonesia (x6) including Komodo/Raja Ampat/Lembeh/Wakatobi, Caribbean, Alaska
Closest Airport Dumaguete Getting There Non-stop JFK to Manila, then a domestic flight to Dumaguete, followed by a 45-minute van ride to the resort. Much better experience on this trip thanks to improved operations in Manila.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80-87°F / 27-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-75 Ft/ 6-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We dove with our own guide, Richard, and customized the dives to our profiles and preferences.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 Atmosphere has a dedicated camera room right beside the gear room. We didn't use it at all because we could take our cameras, ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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