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Giant frogfish perched near a mooring block

Of all the critters on the Dauin coast, there is one that definitely stands out as a favorite of many divers and that is the frogfish. Whether the size of a grain of rice or a dinner plate, we never get tired of seeing them here at Atmosphere. Frogfish are one of the most interesting critters in the ocean and come in every shape, size, and color imaginable. We have an abundance of frogfish on the coast and that is one of the many reasons that Dauin is a great place to visit. Practically any dive site you go to …

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Critters in Muck at Atmosphere Resort

What is muck diving? Why would you want to dive in muck? Don’t you like coral? These are some of the questions that many divers are asked when they bring up muck diving in conversation. Some people are turned off by the idea simply because of the name without actually realizing what muck diving is. To us here at Atmosphere, muck diving is an absolutely amazing game of hide-and-go-seek where there is always something new to see or experience. You can dive the same site twice in a day and see completely different critters, so it’s always a good idea …

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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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Apo Island - a diver and snorkeler Paradise

Although Dauin is mainly visited by ‘muck divers,’ there is a great opportunity for reef diving only 20 minutes away at Apo Island. It is a stark contrast to the diving along the Dauin coast nearby Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, but you cannot compare the two because of how different they are. Although some critters are found at both places, such as sea kraits and sea turtles, Apo Island also offers amazing hard and soft corals, schools of jacks, bumphead parrotfish, and numerous schools of fish. There are opportunities for shallow coral diving, wall diving, and drift diving. This island, …

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Divemaster Richard, between his favorite frogfish and the scarier Finding Nemo version

It was December 2010 when, like a new lone gunman, Richard appeared in the Atmosphere Dive Center having heard that they were in need of a freelance Divemaster that day. For those of you who have dived here, we could say that the rest is history. King Richard, as he is known amongst our Atmosphere guests, is a stalwart within the dive team and well known on the Dauin coast as one of the best spotters of critters and creatures within our oceans. He loves the challenge of finding smaller, rarer, more obscure creatures and after speaking with him it …

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