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Dive Review of Atmosphere Resort in
Philippines/Negros

Atmosphere Resort, Feb, 2013,

by William S Maki, AZ, US ( 1 report). Report 7273.

No photos available at this time

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 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments It was a bit windy in February. Critter diving was not affected, but 1/2 hour crossings to Apo were choppy. Seas are reputed to lay down in May and June.

Most of the diving is for macro subjects. This place has to be the world capitol for Ghost Pipefish and Painted Frogfish.

The resort runs trips to Apo Island marine sanctuary (30 minutes by boat) where the water is clear and the corals are spectacular. They also do trips across to the community of Oslob on Cebu where you can snorkel with whale sharks while the locals in small outriggers feed the sharks. It was a bit murky the day we were there due to the wind I suspect. But nevertheless it was fun watching the feeding action with the whale sharks suspended vertically with mouths wide open.

The resort owners set out to build a dive resort that catered to divers who like food and wine and boy did they succeed. We had a package with full board; the food was excellent. The cottages were clean and spacious and smartly decorated. The grounds are beautiful. The infinity pool is adjacent to the bar where happy hour is a great way to unwind after a day of diving.

The best way to sum up is to confess to a repeat trip this coming May. Most of our diving is on live-aboards, so Atmosphere Resort was an experiment for us. We've rarely repeated a resort trip. Atmosphere is an exception and we might become regulars there. Overall a great experience.
Websites Atmosphere Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving PNG, Solomons, Truk, Palau, Rajah Ampat, Lembeh, Fiji, Cocos, Socorro, Galapagos, Caribbean, ...
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco, dive with buddy.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Other places, like Lembeh, get the hype but Atmosphere at Dauin, Negros is every bit as good (and with good clean water). Lots of cool macro. Painted frog fish, large Ghost Pipefish, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, nudibranchs, ... Guides are very good finding critters. Saw many (!) turtles on Apo Island.
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