Green sea turtles - a favorite at Atmosphere

Green sea turtles are a favorite of many people, divers and non-divers alike. They are truly graceful creatures, always a lot of fun to swim with underwater, and at Atmosphere, we are very lucky to have an abundance of Green sea turtles at Apo Island and even here along the Dauin coast. They are found worldwide in tropical and subtropical waters. Like other marine turtles, the females crawl on land to lay anywhere from 100-200 eggs which hatch roughly two months later and crawl back into the ocean. The first minutes of life are a very dangerous time for a …

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Apo Island - a diver and snorkeler Paradise

Although Dauin is mainly visited by ‘muck divers,’ there is a great opportunity for reef diving only 20 minutes away at Apo Island. It is a stark contrast to the diving along the Dauin coast nearby Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, but you cannot compare the two because of how different they are. Although some critters are found at both places, such as sea kraits and sea turtles, Apo Island also offers amazing hard and soft corals, schools of jacks, bumphead parrotfish, and numerous schools of fish. There are opportunities for shallow coral diving, wall diving, and drift diving. This island, …

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Watsu - is there a better way to relax

Do we have latent memories of being encapsulated in our mother’s womb? With no concrete answer to offer – only personal opinions – I cannot help but think we do; my theory is based on the feedback I get after giving a Watsu treatment at Atmosphere Resorts. Watsu is a holistic spa therapy that is conducted in a specially designed warm water pool; the term watsu derives from ‘water shiatsu.’ Signing up for a watsu treatment at Atmosphere’s “The Sanctuary Spa“, most people have no idea what to expect – it is even difficult to articulate just how beautiful this …

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We have ID'd our whale shark!

A few days ago, a whale shark cruised by in Dauin, between the Masaplod and Pyramids dive sites and our lucky Atmosphere Resort guests got to swim with the shark and took some photos. Did you know that every whale shark has a different pattern of stripes and dots? This is just like a human fingerprint. We can use these patterns to identify individual whale sharks by taking a specific photo of the left side of the whale shark from the gills to the dorsal fin and uploading it to Ecocean, www.whaleshark.org. Ecocean can use the identification picture to see …

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Our Amazing House Reef

One of the greatest things about Atmosphere Resorts when it comes to scuba diving is our amazing house reef. We are blessed with a healthy reef with great muck diving right in our own backyard. Or maybe we should call it “front yard” as it is right in front of the resort? Although the Dauin coast here on Negros Oriental has some amazing dive sites, we have many guests who request to dive our house reef multiple times, because there is so much to see! At the moment we are lucky to have a few resident frogfish that keep our …

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