Atmosphere resort, Dumaguete, Philippines

Atmosphere Luxury Botique Dive Resort

A truly upscale boutique resort with amazing accomodations, staff, food and amenities such as yoga classes, one of Philippine's best spas and a kids club. Treat yourself right!


Feb 25 - Mar 4, 2017
 For 7 Nights - $1,899
Non-Diver - $1,350


Why Go on this Amazing Trip?

  > Great macro, muck, corals at Apo Island & Whale Sharks!  Plus an awesome house reef
  > Considered one of the top critter & whale shark locations in the world
  > Your host is photo pro Ron Watkins
  > Daily photo workshops or image reviews (optional, no extra charge)
  > Non-photographers, new photographers, videographers, GoPro users welcome
  > Perfect luxury getaway for singles or couples
  > We've negotiated an amazing group discount - far cheaper than if you were to book yourself!


About the Trip

  > Photo education from photo-pro Ron Watkins
  > 7 nights/8 days in a double or twin share in a Deluxe garden view room
  > *kids 0-11 stay for free with parents!*
  > Transport from/to Dumaguete airport & the resort
  > Awesome meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), include an ala carte & buffet breakfast, 2 course lunch and 3-course fine dining dinner
  > Tea and coffee in room
  > Free Wi-fi
  > All taxes (excluding airport taxes)
  > Free nitrox (awesome!)
  > Current package of 10 dives
  > 1 free trip to Apo island - this is an awesome coral reef with lots of turtles
  > Marine sanctuary fee
  > Complimentary Indian head massage and intoductory lesson to Yoga
  > 5 diving days of 2 dives per day: One day diving the incredible Apo Island, 4 days diving the Dauin coast with macro and reef divesites.
  > Small groups - max of 4 divers per dive guide


  > Night dives (and mandarin dives) are $10 extra
  > We will arrange an amazing day with the whale sharks dive for $100 - $150 extra (depending on how many people go); this is the only whale shark dive in the world where the whale sharks come to you! A   truly amazing once in a lifetime experience.
  > Spa, Yoga and Kids club are extra
  > Flights and Airport taxes are extra (paid at the airport)
  > Alcoholic drinks & sodas


Resort Amenities

  > Amazingly stunning Infinity pool
  > Beach with great snorkeling & shore diving
  > Dive boats include an 88ft Outrigger boat, and a 30ft speedboat
  > Spa treatments available include massage, facials, manicures & pedicures, body scrubs and body wraps
  > Yoga classes, kids club
  > Vast mountain ridge near the resort has several lakes, waterfalls and local markets
  > Perfect choice for guests with snorkeling or non-diving partners


Room Choices

  • All rooms are upscale rooms with air-con, flat screen TV, DVD player, internet, bathrooms, king size beds with luxurious egyptian cotton, minibar, and more!

Suites are quite large - 75 sqm (800 sq ft.). Bed can be set up as one large bed, or 2 separate beds. They look over a lush green lawn and tropical gardens.
Apartments have a full kitchen, dining area and a master bedroom, and are very large - 105 sqm (1130 sq ft.).  Sliding doors take you seamlessly out onto the veranda with its outdoor dining area and seated hammock. The bedroom as an amazing floor to ceiling picture window looking into your own private garden.
Family Suites are basically one big room with 4 beds, huge flat screen TV with lounge area, terrace in front and one big Bali-style outdoor bathroom with rainwater shower, sinks for 2, toilet and pocket garden in the back.  Bed setups; 2 double beds, 1 double and 2 singles, etc.  (great for families or a group of friends)
Penthouses are huge - 205 sqm (2200 sq ft.), like a house! They are the resorts most luxurious accomodation with 2 bedrooms, an open-plan fully fitted kitchen and large living and dining area, modern bathorooms, and a vast balcony.


Diving in Dumaguete

  > Flamboyant cuttlefish, mandaring fish and more right at the house reef!
  > Seahorses, frogfish, pipefish and more at the various muck sites in the area. Dumaguete / Dauin is known as one of the top 2 macro locations in the Philippines
  > One of the best whale shark experiences in the world nearby! The only place where the whale sharks will come to you. A must-do experience (a snorkel trip)
  > Huge schools of fish, turtles, and amazing coral reefs and wall dives at Apo island, just 30 minutes away


Getting There

Fly into Manila, and then take a 1-hour flight to Dumaguete airport. There several flights a day between Manila and Dumaguete.
Airline options - the easiest way to get to Dumaguete is to fly Philippine Airlines the entire route. However, if you arrive in Manila on a different airline, you can fly to Dumagete on Cebu Pacific airlines, which allows for online booking. Flight are around $100 - $150 round trip.


Atmosphere Resort Reviews

"High Quality resort with Excellent scuba diving facility, very spacious rooms, very nice bar and swimming pool." - Ilan Bentov

"Atmosphere resort is an upscale resort that is a step above most dive resorts. If you want to be pampered this is the place. The diving is superb for macro, fish portraits, and wide angle at Apo Island. The diving is valet diving including the amazing house reef" - Diving Beast

"What an amazing experience. I was going primarily for diving and underwater photography . Very quick trip . Last minute my girl friend a non diver decided to join and amazingly turned out to be perfect for both of us" - Art Levitt

"One of the best little resorts all the way around. The resort is right on the water so you can just walk in" - Pro Shan

"The Philippines are known for great macro and wide angle underwater photography and Atmosphere Resort and Spa is one of the best places I have ever stayed. What made this place so special is that I was traveling with my girlfriend who is a non-diver, but loves to snorkel, and Atmosphere is perfect for both her and I" - Ron Watkins


Trip Leader Testimonials

"I had the pleasure of going on a Bluewater Photo trip to the Philippines this past February, led by Ron Watkins.  It was my first trip with Bluewater and my first dive trip to that part of the world.  I am a very experienced nature photographer on dry land but just learning underwater photography.

The trip was a marvelous experience!  It was a big trip to prepare for, and the help I received from Vijay and from Ron before the trip was invaluable.  From what lenses to bring to packing hints to what to expect from a liveaboard, the advice was spot on and made packing so much easier.  Ron was especially responsive to email questions about lenses and equipment and what to expect during the dives.  I knew I was in good hands even before getting on the plane!

I am new to underwater shooting, and I was delighted that Ron offered afternoon classes to learn about underwater photo techniques and especially strobe technique.  I am an advanced Lightroom and Photoshop user, and I can happily report that Ron's instructions on post processing were spot on!  He was quite helpful to several of the divers that were not familiar with Lightroom, and they were so happy with the results they were able to get after just a few classes with Ron.

I had such a great time on the trip, and I can happily report that Ron went out of his way to make the trip one I will never forget.  I felt safe, I learned a lot and I laughed a lot.  What more can a person ask?

I have already booked my next vacation with Bluewater Travel, and I hope to have to opportunity to go on another adventure with Ron.  If you are looking for first class travel and want to expand your underwater photography skills, look no further than Bluewater Travel and Ron Watkins." - Jane Palmer

"I’ve been diving for years and have logged nearly 2000 dives, many with my camera in hand.  This past February I had the opportunity to attend a Bluewater Travel photography workshop at the Atmosphere Resort in Dumaguete, Philippines.  Our trip leader and Photo-pro was Ron Watkins.  The photo opportunities on the Dauin coast were unbelievable at time, whether we were shooting juvenile Frogfish, Blue Ringed Octopuses or Whale Sharks Ron’s tips and techniques helped us capture great photos.  There was a good cross section of photographers on the trip and Ron always seemed approachable and eager to answer any question that came his way.  I look forward to my next dive adventure with Bluewater and Ron Watkins" – Bob Greene

"I had a great time with Ron on the Galapagos trip! Ron is an excellent trip leader, he takes care of everyone and tries to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves. I liked how he had us switch groups around and take turns going in the water first or second. I enjoyed the photography workshops too, where we would all look at examples of photos and take turns sharing our own photos. He's also pretty flexible, and discussed itinerary options with the dive boat leaders depending on weather conditions and what people wanted to see. Ron's just an all around great guy, fun to be around with lots of diving stories and looks out for the best interest of everyone on the trip." - Josi Chow

"My first photo dive trip was with Ron Watkins, leading a Bluewater trip to the Sea of Cortez on the Rocio del Mar. It was great! I was a newbie with a compact inexpensive system. My fear was that the folks with the “Big rigs” would get all the attention. My equipment cost and size did not seem to be a consideration at all,except for my own learning purposes. Ron was as attentive to my thoughts, equipment and questions as I could have asked for. He seemed genuinely interested in helping me solve the biggest of my problems and worked with me underwater as well as on deck. There were cameras and shooters of all levels on board and it was a fun laid back kind of trip. Except for all the excitement that is! I hope to dive with him again soon." - T. Vaughn

Contact Us

  • Email for more info and to book your spot!
  • Call  us at (310) 915-6677
  • Stop by our office at 3961 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 206 Culver City, CA 90230


Photos Taken in Dumaguete


Photos of Atmosphere Resort

Lounging inside one of the guest apartments

Dining in the Blue restaurant for fine dining

Incredible dive boat, the "Victoria"

Where is Atmosphere resort? See the map!

Dining near the beach

Rock garden outside the Spa

Spa reception

Inside one of the suites

Inside one of the Family Suites

Inside one of the Family Suites Bathrooms

Experience the awesome accomodations and staff of atmosphere resort

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