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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It doesn’t get more special than this! Join us on the July 2020 liveaboard around some of the best dive destinations of the Visayas: Malapascua, Moalboal and Cabilao. The 6-day expedition will begin at Atmosphere with the pick-up right on our beach and end in Cebu. Stay a few days at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa before the Siren liveaboard picks you up and dive the fabulous reefs of Apo Island and the world-class macro of the Dauin and Dumaguete coast. We will dive with the thresher sharks in Malapascua, the sardines in Moalboal and amongst the stunning coral gardens of …

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Blue Ringed octopus by Donald Tan at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa Philippines

Octopus season is upon us! At least seven species are seen along Dauin’s coast (if you know where to look). However, there is more to these clever cephalopods than meets the eye. What you don’t know about octopuses… They’re related to your common garden snail Octopuses are members of the Phylum “Mollusca”, which puts them in the same mixing pot as snails, nudibranchs and scallops. All molluscs have some form of shell and bilateral symmetry (split them in half & the two sections appear the same). One heart just isn’t enough – they have 3! The main heart pumps blood …

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The isolated reefs of Tubbataha in the Sulu sea attract sharks, whale sharks and rays. the shallow reef tops are teeming with colourful reef fish and turtles. In April 2020 and May 2021, Atmosphere has chartered 3 liveaboards of the Siren fleet of Worldwide Dive & Sail and we are excited to take you to the UNESCO World Heritage site Tubbataha for some of the world’s best diving. Atmosphere previously went to Tubbataha in 2018 and it was a fabulous expedition with stunning weather, flat seas, lots of shark encounters as well as mantas and whale sharks. We look forward …

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Atmosphere launches the new PADI Critter Specialty course

We are incredibly excited to launch our new PADI Critters of Dauin specialty course! The incredible diversity of critters along Dauin’s coast has long been a well-kept secret. But not anymore. As the cat slowly gets teased out of the bag, we are launching the PADI Critters Specialty, unique to Atmosphere! Are you a diver who loves cryptic and colourful critters and would like to know more about what makes them tick? Do you think “how on earth did they find that?” when your dive guide points out a tiny hairy shrimp, then this specialty is for you. Kirsty created and …

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