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Dive Review of Atlantis Azores in
Philippines/Tubbataha

May, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Mel Cundiff, CO, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 7688
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
On all the best coral reefs in the world.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
84   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes, maximum  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
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                         Tubbataha Reefs, Palawan Province  Philippines
Atlantis Azores Live-Aboard   May 17-24, 2014

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the middle of
the Sulu Sea, has become a recent go-to diving destination in the
Philippines.  Being 100 miles off shore, rough waters and bad weather
prevent diving there except from March to June.  It is comprised of two
atolls that barely break the surface at low tide, so there are no protected
mooring sites for boats at night.  Closest airport access is from Puerto
Princesa, and the boat journey from there on smooth waters takes 12 hours. 
Because of bad weather this last March 2014, charters were confined to
port, and when they finally made an effort to venture out, multiple hours
were added on to the trip.  In some cases waves were breaking over the bows
of the boats and only three and one-half days of diving were available for
oneweek charters.  In May I was on the Atlantis Azores
(http://www.atlantishotel.com), a 107x18 deep hull metal craft, and the
water was glassy smooth.  We had 16 divers representing six countries and
dove from two zodiacs, each taking 8 of us.  We were able to do five dives
a day including a dusk dive and were free to dive our own profile except
that we were asked to surface after 60 minutes. The average visibility was
80 feet and ...
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