Clownfish - False Clown Anemonefish by Ulrika Kroon Atmopshere Resort Dauin Dumaguete Philippines

With the movie “Finding Nemo”, the clownfish leaped to instant fame. Cute, colorful and with a distinctive personality, they are hard to miss on the coral reef. Believe it or not, there are actually thirty different species of clownfish including the “false clown anemonefish”, the species that our friend Nemo belongs to. Clownfish are a type of damselfish and are also referred to as anemonefish, due to the fact that they live in anemones. There are ten different species of anemones that are hosts to clownfish, with some clownfish only found in one species while others can be found in all …

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Join Atmosphere Resort on one of our Siren liveaboards with Worldwide Dive & Sail

With the Atmosphere Resorts & Spa yearly liveaboard trip coming up next week, I thought it would be good to take a look back at our last liveaboard trip on the S/Y Indo Siren to Raja Ampat. Each year, Atmosphere charters one of Worldwide Dive and Sail’s liveaboards to take our guests somewhere different that then the Filipino paradise they are used to. We have been to Palau, to Komodo, to Raja Ampat and now back to Palau again. Raja Ampat was my first time on a liveaboard and it was amazing. Even though I only saw two frogfish (my …

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A selection of baby frogfish with a special place in Atmosphere's marine biologist Daniel Geary's heart

I haven’t written a frogfish blog in awhile, terrible I know and I apologize, so in honor of this year’s baby frogfish season I have decided to go into my archives and take a look back at some of my all time baby frogfish encounters. I have seen hundreds and hundreds of frogfish in my time working at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, with around 400 different individuals encountered in 2016 alone, but luckily a few baby frogfish really stand out in my memory. One of my favorite baby frogfish is a juvenile red painted frogfish, around 1 cm, that I …

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Ube Ice Cream served at Atmosphere Resort in Dumaguete Philippines

Did you hear about the Ube doughnuts in Brooklyn that cost a staggering $1,000 a dozen and wondered what that purple thing tastes like? Well here in the Philippines, they’re everywhere… Pronounced as Ooh-beh and commonly known as purple yam, this gem-like root crop in color purple originated in Asian tropics and is of course very popular here in the Philippines. Similar to sweet potato, taro and yucca, it is not even considered an exotic ingredient, for it can be easily planted and found around the area and you will see piles of it roadside, together with the potato and …

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Octopus sex at Atmosphere resort in Dauin, Dumaguete, Philippines

Octopus are one of the most interesting critters a diver can encounter while underwater. Whether the fact that they can squeeze into any crevice that their beak will fit into or that they can change color and texture in an instant, one of the most interesting things about octopus is actually their sex life. Octopus will begin to metabolize their own muscles when they become sexually mature to make their eggs and sperm. Because of this, almost all species of octopus lay one clutch of eggs and then die. The male mototi, the one with the stripes, showing off for …

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