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Dive Review of Atmosphere Resort in

Atmosphere Resort, May, 2013,

by David Dornbusch, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7003.

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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 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Macro heaven at sandy bottom “muck” dives, with some beautiful hard and soft corals, at numerous sites mostly within 5-10 minute boat rides from the resort.

Numerous sightings of ornate ghost pipefish, plus robust ghost pipes, some with eggs, spiny devilfish, orangutan crab, numerous seahorses and flamboyant cuttlefish approachable within inches, several varieties of small shrimps and crabs, ringed pipefish, numerous mashing and spearing mantis shrimps, frogfish of various colors and sizes, varieties of scorpion fish (including a number of leaf scorpion), many-many and varied nudibranchs, jawfish (some with eggs in their mouths), spiny devilfish, and sea moths. More I can't remember.

Nearby sites also larger critters, including octopus (mimic, hairy, oscillated, wonderpus, and blue ringed), sweetlips of all ages, flying gurnards, flounders, various lionfish, kraits, turtles, puffers, groupers, eels (snake, moray, blue ribbon, and garden). Garden eels were larger, higher out of the sand, and approachable within a few inches. Shrimpfish, one school too many to count. Turtles, giant clams, schools of barracuda and jacks.

Night dive for mandarin fish and a “fluoro dive” at the house reef.

Nearby areas also had some very healthy hard and soft coral and sponges, anemone and anemone fish.

Apo Island (a 30-40 minute ride) had abundant healthy hard and soft corals, sea fans, anemones, many nudibranchs, along steep and deep walls and plateaus. Many turtles and large schools of jacks and smaller reef fish, as well as some of the unusual critters as at the “muck dive” sites.

The resort is in a magnificent setting, has beautiful accommodations, excellent food, and the friendliest staff I've experienced anywhere. May was a perfect time to visit, following the windy season, when the sea can be choppy, and before the rainy season. 3 mm wetsuit fine. Although brought our own gear, rent top quality equipment.

Post a "menu" of four different nearby dive sites every day, or Apo Island trip, plus night dives, and land excursions. No extra charge for nitrox.
Websites Atmosphere Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Red Sea, Tonga, Fiji, Palau, Yap, Tahiti, Borneo, Hawaii, Belize, Cozumel, Roatan, Caymans, British Virgins, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Great Barrier Reef, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hour
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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