MarinelifeUnderwater Sightings

The hunt for the elusive blue-ringed octopus

I’ve been Atmosphere Resorts & Spa's marine conservation biologist for 14 months now and I dive regularly. In fact, it’s unusual to see me with dry hair. Coming from a coral reef and megafauna (the BIG stuff) background, many of our critters I’ve excitedly encountered for the first time. However, there is one particular little 8-armed guy that I have yet to set my eyes on – the elusive (I recon…
Kirsty Richards
18th November 2019
MarinelifePADI CoursesScuba DivingUncategorised

How I found my first popcorn shrimp!

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…
Ulrika Kroon
4th November 2019
Dive travelNewsScuba Diving

Cruise the Visayas on the Philippine Siren with Atmosphere

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…
Ulrika Kroon
15th October 2019
MarinelifeScuba Diving

At Atmosphere October is all about octopus!

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…
Kirsty Richards
13th October 2019