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Dive Review of Atlantis Beach Resort in
Philippines/Mindoro

Atlantis Beach Resort, Mar, 2006,

by Roger Dennis, CA, USA . Report 2444.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Fiji, Palau, Truk, Yap, Great Barrier,
Papau New Guinea, Majuro, Hawaii, Moorea, Bora Bora, Aitutaki.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions One hour, signal 1500psi, signal 750psi, stay with the group/divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Although we did not take photos, many of group did. We would help find things for them, like eels, nudis, scorpionfish, lionfish, etc. They appreciated it.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Long flight from San Francisco, refuel at Guam, 16 hours in the air, 20 hours enroute. Left at night, arrived 9:30am, lost a day over the dateline. Long, slow 3 hour bus ride to beach, loaded aboard a double outrigger and 80 minutes later arrived at Sabang, Mindoro. Low tide forced a reloading into smaller boat to get to beach.

Nice facilities, rooms w/AC, good dive operation although we seldom got the 4 dives per day due to slowness of the operation and lateness by some of our group members. Our divemasters required a check dive that same afternoon we arrived--we were dog tired with little sleep but we did just fine. Our divemaster, the next day, tended to swim ahead of us near the end of the dive--no way to get her attention if one was low on air. Spoke to her after the dives that day (only 3) and suggested she stay closer to the group. She responded well and no problems after that--Ulrika is asmart 35 year old Swedish girl who only stood 5'1" but handled tanks with the best of the men.

On a scale of 1-10 (ten being highest) we would rank the overall diving site quality as a 3 when compared to the other places we have been diving these past 18 years--we are in our young 60's although I had my first tanks on in 1959 as a 15 year-old on Okinawa taking my scuba certification courses.

We had a special one-day trip to Verde Island. Due to boat engine troubles, we had to change boats and arrived late. The divesite is a lava sea mount offshore from the island by about 2 miles. We were briefed to stay together and be aware of up/down wellings. In many ways it reminded us of Blue Corner in Palau two years ago. One the second dive after lunch they took us back to the same site. Due to the choppiness of the water I refused to dive that one as it looked too treacherous for safe diving. Ruth, my wife, went anyway. The groups came back to the surface but were separated. There was a bad down welling and one of the divers had just finished his 15ft safety stop with 500psi when he was caught and drug downward. One of the divemasters went after him and they finally got out of the down welling but were now over 100ft down from the surface. The diver held onto the divemaster and use the octopus for air as he had emptied his tank into his BC. They divemaster's BC was fully inflated. They made a fast ascent to the surface but did stop at 30ft and 15ft. They were okay but it really shook up the group. The third dive was cancelled as it would only be worse conditions. This was definitely a dive for only experienced divers. And even the experienced ones has second thoughts about what had happened and whether they should have scrubbed themselves from the dive. Lesson learned.

Overall, the diving is okay but do not expect to see large fish or great coral formations. The boat ride to most of the divesites takes just 5-10 minutes so we did get to come back ashore after each dive. Will we go back there? Probably never. Many better places to go and so little time, even though we are both retired
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