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Dive Review of Atlantis Beach Resort in

April, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by John Crossley, CA, USA
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Report Number 1359
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Sipadan, Galapagos, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Truk, Palau, Yap,
Florida, Cayman Islands & more
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Good Camera rinse buckets at resort, small buckets on dive boats
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Atlantis Beach Resort, Dumaguete, Philippines
April, 2004
John Crossley

Dumaguete is a pretty nice town accessible directly from flights from
Manila.  The Atlantis resort is just a 30 minute ride south of the airport.
 This is a very nice resort in a grove of palm trees, with 35 very
comfortable air conditioned rooms, a good pool, and an excellent restaurant
with an American Chef (Jake from New York) who really goes the extra mile
to find out what you like and then make it the way you like it.  Breakfast
starts it off with a big buffet with many western and Asian choices.

The Atlantis dive operation is very professional and well organized, and
they know how to treat photographers.  The two wooden pangas can carry 10
to 12 divers, but we never had more than six divers with our two guides. 
Apo Island trips are arranged every couple of days, and this is the most
marketed dive site. Its a long boat ride (90 minutes) but it has really
nice soft corals when the current is flowing, plus lots of tropical fish, a
few turtles, sea snakes, and good visibility.  However, I thought the best
diving was at the numerous shallow sites along the black sand beach close
to the resort.  Two small wrecks have a great variety of macro critters
including ghost pipefish, nudibranchs, lionfish, banded pipefish, decorator
crabs, gobies, shrimps, frog fish, dragonettes, sand dollars, etc.  We saw
several Pegasus sea moths on several dives too, plus juvenile cuttlefish,
snake eels, and other macro critters.  There was also a Mandarin Fish dive
at dusk, but we barely saw three of them.  Overall this is a very nice
resort with great food and excellent macro diving.

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