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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Tubbataha Reef, Hammerhead, Atmosphere resorts philippines

As the largest Marine Protected Area in the Philippines and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tubbataha Natural Reefs Park is a dream destination for any experienced scuba diver. It is situated in western Philippines in the middle of the Sulu Sea. Far from neighbouring Negros, Mindanao and Palawan islands it is only accessible for divers via liveaboard boats for up to a week at a time. This gorgeous and diverse Atoll Reef covers a total area of 97,030 hectares and roughly 10,000 hectares of coral reef alone! But let’s not focus on size, as everyone knows it’s whats on the …

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Christmas Philippines

Together with the –ber months comes Amihan, our windy season, to breeze the Philippines along to Christmas season. Signaling to Filipinos that it’s now time to unpack colorful lights and decorate the houses, parks, streets and pretty much every corner. Embellished with twinkles and shimmers, everywhere you look is red, gold, silver and green. We celebrate this holiday the longest compared to other countries. But more than the adornments that beautify the whole country, it’s the festive spirit of the Filipino people that shines the brightest during this time of the year.   A Religious Festivity We, Filipinos celebrate Christmas …

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The City of Gentle People Dumaguete is the epitome of a friendly and laid back city on the water, it has almost everything you could need, while not being too big or crowded. One of it’s biggest appeals may be that you can easily be out of the central city, up the mountain or sitting on a quiet beach within 20 minutes, or that the locals, known as Dumagueteños are some of the friendliest in the country. (Provided you’re not travelling at rush hour!) With all of this in mind, the beautiful city itself has a lot to offer too. …

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