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IMAGES Top: The Atmosphere pool is a stunning place to hang out. Left: The Atmosphere Maître d’ talking us through his favourite wines. Above: The Jeepney is a popular form of public transport here and come brighly coloured.

TRAVEL LOG:

Dauin, Philippines Getting there

Currency

We flew Philippine Airlines from Heathrow to Manila and then took a local flight one way, and a ferry the other way, on our multi-resort trip.

Philippines Peso.

Top Tip! Bring your macro photography equipment to make the most of the muck diving.

Transfers The Atmosphere team organised the ferry and taxi transfer for us.

Water temperature The water is a year-round, warm 26-29°C. We used full 3mm suits for long dives.

Favourite nondiving activity Relaxing in the perfect Spa after a long day of diving.

Favourite place to eat/drink The Finbar in Dauin is a great place for craft ales, tasty food and to watch the world go by.

Final Word If you want great diving and to be completely spoilt at the same time, then we highly recommend Atmosphere Resorts & Spa.

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means cocktails with the staff and guests at the pool bar beforehand. We had booked a visit to the wine cellar and a tasting organised by the Atmosphere Maître d’. We tried some of his favourite wines in the air-conditioned glass room, looking out over the restaurant and beach, eagerly sampling fizz, white and red wines before selecting the bottle we would like to accompany our final meal at the sophisticated restaurant. Our final day meant we had to pack up. As was the case throughout our short stay, the staff members were thoughtful and attentive and had already got our gear into the sunshine to make sure it was fully dried off. Then it was time to head to Dumaguete airport for a local transfer to Manila and our international flight home. We were so sad to leave. There were many dive sites we had not visited, and there is so much more

this superb place has to offer. For those who want a more zen like experience, rather that our typical trip of trying to dive as much as possible, there are yoga and meditation classes in a treehouse overlooking the sea, a gym, and a host of indulgent Spa options. There are also other daytime activities and places to explore, such as waterfalls, tranquil pools and the Atmosphere sponsored soup kitchen that provides local kids with lunchtime meals. The team at Atmosphere also offer occasional liveaboard trips to the famous reefs of Tubbataha, and we were very jealous to know that as we were leaving for the airport, others were boarding a liveaboard to go and explore further afield with this wonderful team. Maybe next time… ■ MORE INFORMATION www.atmosphereresorts.com www.itsmorefuninthephilippines.co.uk

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