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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Corals of Apo Island benefits of the ocean

Not only does the sea promote good physical health, it can drastically improve your mental well being too. Certainly, the waves and smell of the salt air are great for relaxation. But the beach itself provides some subtle health benefits. So, what are they?   Soaking in Sea Minerals Swimming in the sea gives you a full body workout, improves circulation, and increases your immune system function. Studies have shown that the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids in seawater are detoxifying and help to pull impurities from the body and skin. Salt water can also inhibit bacterial growth and skin infections. Did you …

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Special Atmosphere Resorts Dauin

“The attention is in the detail” and “Luxury is in every detail” are two quotes that relate to the way we feel here at Atmosphere. Of course the amazing diving, our luxurious rooms and our award winning spa are all reasons to return. But time and time again we receive feedback from our guests about the simple touches that really make their stay with us special. Which is why we continue to focus on the small details. So what are some of these things that really make Atmosphere special? Architecture & Design From the very beginning, Atmosphere was designed with nature, luxury and …

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Aerial view of Atmosphere and Mount Talinis

Mount Talinis, nicknamed locally “Cuernos de Negros” (Horns of Negros) is the picturesque, double peaked volcano you see rising up behind Atmosphere Resorts.  Our mountain, blanketed with thick, thriving jungle is located in Valencia, west of Dumaguete City.  The giant tropical plants and trees are well-fed from the humid down pours that engulf the peaks almost daily. Although considered dormant, Mount Talinis still has active fumaroles (open vents through which hot sulfurous gases emerge.) Plus various sulphuric and hot springs across the volcano.  It’s unknown when the last volcanic eruption occured but an increase in fumarolic activity was observed after (and probably …

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