The humble sea cucumber is not a marine creature which gets a lot of love. Although, spend a few minutes reading up on them and you’ll discover they’re quite the creature with plenty of hidden secrets! Closely related to starfish within the group “Echinoderms”, sea cucumbers have diverged from the 5 fold symmetry of a starfish to a single, cucumber-like, body. With over 1,250 different species, sea cucumbers can be found from the shallowest of tropical lagoons to the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean. Vacuum cleaners of the ocean Ever seen links of what looks like sand poop? It’s …

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christmas critters of dauin

Christmas tree worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) Aptly named to be at the top of our list, Christmas tree worms are a type of tube-building polychaete worm. Their multicoloured (and tree-like) spiral tentacles can be seen poking out of holes they’ve board into corals and are used to catch passing prey which is then passed down into their mouths. Popular with photographers, these brightly coloured underwater Christmas trees will disappear in front of our eyes should they sense anyone getting too close. Humbug dacyllus (Dascyllus aruanus) Despite it’s name, I like to think the Humbug dacyllus is a happy little fish and …

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Marine Biologist Dauin Philippines

“Congratulations!! I am happy to let you know that we have chosen you for the position!!!” – The email I received from Julia (Atmosphere’s HR Manager) at 3:30am one July morning. Four long, dark winters in London and the prospect of a 5th approaching quickly was enough to easily tempt me back to the tropics. 7 weeks later I was walking back across the green lawns of Atmosphere as their new Marine Biologist, 18 months after leaving as a freshly-fledged SCUBA Instructor. Settling in I cannot put into words how awesomely welcoming the people of Atmosphere have been. Those faces I …

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new speedboat at atmosphere resorts

We are excited to present to you the newest addition to our fleet – our new speedboat Kay. Very similar to Eve, our trusted 10 meter/30 feet speedboat, she can take up to 10 divers passengers to any of the dive sites along the Dauin coast within 15 minutes. With some added luxuries such as plush cushioned seats, we think that she perfectly fits the Atmosphere Fleet!

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Liveaboard at Tubbataha

Each year, the Atmosphere team charters a live-aboard from the Siren Fleet to a destination that we think our previous Atmosphere guests would enjoy. This May, the Atmosphere team with Ulrika Kroon, Adam Detre and Saila Kitola hosted a trip on-board the S/Y Philippine Siren to Tubbataha, a famous remote marine park in the Sulu Sea. They had a wonderful trip and look forward to returning to Tubbataha in April of 2020. Contact us if you would like to join – we also have a trip to Palau in May 2019 on the schedule.

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