At Atmosphere, we have the good fortune to have a wide diversity of dive conditions and dive sites. From the white sand and stunning corals of Apo island to the brown volcanic sand and spectacular macro and muck diving of Dauin.
Apo Island is a scuba diver’s heaven and has been a well-preserved marine sanctuary for the past 20 years. It has an international reputation as one of the most diverse and stunning collections of corals in Asia Pacific. The hard coral fields seem endless, in particular when you fly over them on one of the exhilarating drift dives that Apo Island has to offer. Apart from having stunning sub-aquatic views, the warm waters provide an outstanding diving experience all year round. Our local PADI dive masters will show you the highlights of each dive site, whether it be unusual critters or lush corals. Green and leatherback Turtles are very common here, as are banded sea kraits (sea snakes), bumphead parrotfish and colorful reef fish. A couple of big schools of trevally (jacks) are usually present one one side of the island and there are many walls, overhangs and crevices for the curious scuba diver to explore. Apo Island is also a great snorkeling site and it is only 30 minutes away from Atmosphere Resort in Dumaguete. We visit Apo Island several times per week and there is no surcharge for divers going to Apo Island.
Dauin’s Marine Sanctuaries line the coast where Atmosphere is situated and can easily be accessed from the shore or by boat. A total of around 20 dive sites, the boundaries are clearly identified by the semicircle of buoys immediately off shore. All the dive sites are a short boat or car ride away from Atmosphere, except from the spectacular Atmosphere House Reef which is right outside the resort and can be reached by foot. Most of the Dauin dive sites are characterized by brown volcanic sand and a multitude of rare critters, mixed up with coral bommies. Dauin is the macro underwater photographer’s paradise, where unusual and rare marine life compete for the underwater photographer’s attention. Normally labelled “muck diving”, we have the critters and macro life but without any of the trash that is so common in other famous muck diving areas.