Atmosphere Resorts & Spa and Atmosphere house reef seen from above

Our house reef was featured in DIVER magazine this February!  We think this is well deserved as the incredible variety of marine life found just meters from the resort tempts our guests back under the waves for more than just a single check dive. Grab a cup of tea and come with us as we lead you around the marine sanctuary… Life on our house reef Take a few steps from Atmosphere Resorts & Spa and you’ll enter one of the largest marine sanctuaries in Dauin, Philippines. Our house reef is more than just a standard shore dive, home to …

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In September last year (2019) our in-house Marine Biologist, Kirsty, was involved in an international photography project with award-winning photographer Dean West and acclaimed LEGO sculptor Nathan Sawaya. Life in LEGO  The initial 2013 project “In Pieces” combined Sawaya’s life-size LEGO sculptures with West’s hyper-realistic photography and was exhibited in 14 countries around the world. In 2019 they joined forces once again to use their unique creativity to highlight the plight of endangered species and habitat destruction. “Perniciem” (Latin for ‘extinction’) focuses on four critical habitats; oceans, forests, grasslands and polar regions. Many species living within these habitats are at …

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12 critters of christmas

In the countdown to Christmas, Atmosphere is celebrating the incredible diversity of amazing critter species we can find along Dauin’s coastline! Here are some of our favourite critters … 1. The ambon scorpionfish (Pteroidichthys amboinensis) This sedentary scorpionfish is top of the list for many muck divers. To enhance its camouflaging abilities it gathers drifting algae, making it incredibly difficult to spot. Then, once it has had enough, it sheds the outer layer of skin and starts all over again. 2. The candy crab (Hoplophrys oatesi) This cryptic crab, also known as a soft coral crab, is the only species …

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I recently wrote about my 14 month-long search for the elusive greater blue-ringed octopus and the running joke that my bad luck had become in the dive centre. However, it’s as though they heard my cry. Just a couple of weeks later I SAW MY FIRST ONE! Joining guests who were sympathetic to my status as a bad luck charm, I ventured out with my camera and a small bubble of hope that this may be the day. Just 10 minutes into the dive our guide Sai put out the ‘I’ve found something’ noise of “ding, ding, ding” and gestured …

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A popcorn shrimp in its mushroom coral, photo by Daniel Gearyat Atmosphere Resort Philippines

Last month our marine biologist, Kirsty Richards, launched the new (and exclusive) PADI Critters Specialty course at Atmosphere. I’ve always loved collecting things, whether it is Polaroid photographs, Pokémon cards or PADI Specialties. When I discovered that at the end of this particular specialty, I’d be better able to find a spotted porcelain crab, or an ornate ghost pipefish – I was sold. Despite being in from the get-go, I had to patiently wait my turn as the course has been an instant hit at Atmosphere. Marine Biology 101 One balmy October evening, we communed for the first part of …

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