The Manjuyod sandbar - the maldives of the Philippines by Christian LeBlanc, Droneheroes and Atmosphere Resort

Did you see the movies by blogger Christian LeBlanc and Droneheroes.tv? Most people did and marveled at the spectacular Maldives-like footage of the sandbar nearby Atmosphere Resort. This insanely beautiful sandbar located less than 2 hours north of the resort has quickly become one of my favourite places to get away to. A peaceful paradise that seems a million miles away from everywhere, it’s like a dream world you can share with just your favourite people – you can hire a boat for your family and friends and you might be lucky to not see another soul all day! That …

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Feta cheese from the Goatary's selection of goat cheese at Atmosphere in Dumaguete, Philippines

Trying some of the delicious goat cheese on our breakfast buffet, and you might think by their quality that they were imported from Europe. But much better than that, we source them from our local supplier nearby, the Goatary. Located in Talay south of Dumaguete, the Goatary is only a few minutes away from Atmosphere resorts. Run by George Bender and his team, the Goatary started as a goat farm back in 2006. In 2010, they started to use Nubian goat’s milk to produce delicious fresh cheeses. With the use of high-end equipment coming from the US, Australia and Europe, …

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Waterfalls Negros Oriental, Atmosphere Resorts, Dauin

Casaroro Waterfalls Who doesn’t love a waterfall? Negros Oriental, where Atmosphere is situated, is an island with a lot of volcanic history and you’ll find on your arrival in Atmosphere that the sand is brown lava sand and that the resort is shadowed by a large mountain that once used to be a volcano. The perfect environment for thundering waterfalls, lakes and streams. Casaroro Waterfalls, the most photographed body of water in the province (according to Wikipedia) is a beautiful gem, hidden in a deep ravine at the base of Mount Talinis. It’s one of those places that only the …

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SMURFs are actually mesh baskets used to research baby fish From April until June, the Atmosphere Resort house reef will be used as a research site to study baby fish. This research project is run by marine biologists from Curtin University in Perth (Australia). To study baby fish, we are using “SMURFs”. SMURFs stand for “Standard Monitoring Unit for Recruitment of Fishes”. They are mesh-baskets filled with pebbles, sand or rubbish. The baskets are placed in the ocean for 9 days per session. At the end of each session, we collect the baskets to see which baby fish were attracted …

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The ladies of Lumago in Dumaguete Philippines showcase their own upcycled paper jewlery

During your stay with Atmosphere you might choose to visit ASK – Atmosphere’s Soup Kitchen. It is based in one of the most impoverished communities of Dumaguete City next to the dumpsite and is run by the mothers of the around 80 local school children it feeds every day. A separate social enterprise that sprung from Atmosphere’s partnership with the community, Lumago Designs works with these same mothers. Lumago Designs gives these women an opportunity to earn a fair wage and provide for their families by employing them to design and create socially and environmentally responsible products. These products are mainly jewelry …

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