twin lakes - lake Balinsasayao

We’re so lucky to live on the beautiful volcanic island of Negros, with so many untouched natural sights to discover. One of these gems is Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao. AKA The Twin Lakes Natural Park. These beauties are hidden deep in the jungle of the Talinis mountain range, an hour and a half north of Atmosphere. Balinsasayao and Danao are a set of volcanic crater lakes separated by a narrow ridge with a watch tower overlooking a gorgeous view of both lakes. At over 800 metres above sea level the drive up to the lakes is incredibly scenic with …

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New uniforms at Sanctuary Spa Dumaguete

In celebration of our recent World Luxury Spa Award win for Best Garden Spa, we have spruced up our Spa uniforms. Gone are the sarongs and we replaced them with these glimmering wrap skirts in gold and the Sanctuary Spa signature color purple. Don’t they look fabulous? Gilbert looked better without the skirt, and we think he looks very smart in his purple Thai pants.

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I saw my first frogfish six years ago in Malapascua, Philippines. It was a giant frogfish, black of course, and I called it grumpy fish. I thought it was cool, and that was that. Fast forward a year later, this time in Oslob one island over, and I found my first frogfish on my own, this time a giant purple one. That was the exact moment I fell in love with frogfish. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that this weird fish would evolve into a passion of mine. I never imagined that I would speak at dive …

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Blue Ring Octopus, Atmosphere Resorts, Dauin Philippines

Critter life is quite seasonal here in Dauin. Whether its water temperature, wind, changes in underwater habitat, or other environmental factors, there are clear patterns and trends when it comes to fish and other critters. We love October here at Atmosphere because, not only is it octopus and cephalopod season, but it also has a nice ring to it – Octopus October. Truth be told, Octopus October is not entirely correct. It should be called “Cephalopod September until December-ish.” Octopus are not the only special critter during this season as cuttlefish also begin to appear. This year we had plenty …

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