Tag Archives: Apo Island

Although Dauin is known around the world for its amazing muck diving, tourism here started for a completely different reason – reef diving and sea turtles. Situated about a 30 minute boat ride from Atmosphere, Apo Island was the original destination for tourists visiting Dauin and Dumaguete in Negros Oriental. It was only after this tourism started that the muck diving here was discovered. In 1985, Apo Island was declared a marine sanctuary and destructive fishing methods, such as dynamite, cyanide, and muro-ami (smashing rocks into coral to chase fish into nets), are now banned. The sanctuary was founded by …

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When you visit us here at Atmosphere Resorts, you don’t have to be an adult to enjoy all of what we have to offer. Whether it’s diving, the spa, yoga or excursions, there are always kid-friendly options. We pride ourselves in our happy hour (and a half) with drink specials changing daily that include non-alcoholic beverages for those who don’t drink alcohol or are too young. When it comes to the spa and yoga, kids deserve to get pampered too. We have put together a spa kids’ menu so that they can enjoy a relaxing time at the spa as …

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turtle in apo island with atmosphere resort

Although the Dauin Coast is a must-visit place for muck divers (with sea turtles!), don’t forget about our little neighbor Apo Island. Besides the amazing coral and numerous fish, the usual favorites of our divers are the many sea turtles that make Apo Island their home. With no known predators in the area, many of them are not scared of us and sometimes even swim with us for a few minutes, as long as they are not busy taking a nap on the soft coral or having a midday snack. After seeing “Finding Nemo,” many people know a bit about …

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Octopus October

Since I started working here in March, every month of diving at Atmosphere has been awesome, not only because of the guests and staff but also because of the amazing critters. That being said, for me personally, October has been exceptional. We have had many unique sightings this month and many guests have finally seen a desired critter for the first time, including the elusive Harlequin Shrimp! We are still seeing frogfish at a lot of the dive sites, so I’m definitely happy, and one of my favorite Giant Frogfish reappeared and it seems to have changed color from purple …

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Green sea turtles - a favorite at Atmosphere

Green sea turtles are a favorite of many people, divers and non-divers alike. They are truly graceful creatures, always a lot of fun to swim with underwater, and at Atmosphere, we are very lucky to have an abundance of Green sea turtles at Apo Island and even here along the Dauin coast. They are found worldwide in tropical and subtropical waters. Like other marine turtles, the females crawl on land to lay anywhere from 100-200 eggs which hatch roughly two months later and crawl back into the ocean. The first minutes of life are a very dangerous time for a …

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