Atmosphere dive vessel Victoria, moored up by Apo island

I am sure you have been on a boat at one time or another. Unless you have been to the Philippines before, I would expect that you have never had the joy and experience of travelling on a Philippine Banka (or Bangka) boat. Their main difference from the conventional norm is that they are double-outrigger crafts, consisting of a narrow main hull with two attached outriggers. Outriggers look like skis or stabilizers that run parallel to the hull, the bottoms of which sit at water-level. The outriggers are there to keep the boat stable almost like active suspension on a …

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Yoga in the Atmosphere Tree House

Atmosphere Dive Centre Manager, keen cyclist and avid runner Adam Detre, finds himself in a new and surprising situation up in a tree house. Lured there by yoga teacher Rae, Adam realizes he was wrong… If you had asked me this time last year what I would be doing this year, I doubt it would have included yoga. I was part of the masses who had believed the common misconceptions that yoga was a passive, inactive hippy-ish form of non-exercise. Don’t get me wrong, I am no gym addict, I cannot stand the places (so no doubt this time next …

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Divemaster Richard, between his favorite frogfish and the scarier Finding Nemo version

It was December 2010 when, like a new lone gunman, Richard appeared in the Atmosphere Dive Center having heard that they were in need of a freelance Divemaster that day. For those of you who have dived here, we could say that the rest is history. King Richard, as he is known amongst our Atmosphere guests, is a stalwart within the dive team and well known on the Dauin coast as one of the best spotters of critters and creatures within our oceans. He loves the challenge of finding smaller, rarer, more obscure creatures and after speaking with him it …

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Victoria AFTER dry dock

When we – the Atmosphere management with me, Adam, as the new dive center manager – sent our beautiful dive vessel Victoria to her yearly dry dock, we decided on some drastic changes… If you have been to the Philippines, then you will no doubt have encountered their traditional style of boat – the banka. This might conjure up images of wealth and prosperity but in this case, it is more about simplicity and ergonomics. A banka has a single hull supported by outriggers on either side which are usually made of bamboo but sometimes solid wood depending on which …

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