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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resort - Dumaguete in

December, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by William Deertz, Jakarta, Indonesia
Report Number 878
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bali, Komodo, Manado, Alor, Wakatobi, Australia, Saipan, Thailand, Florida
Keys, Maldives
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Normal safe diving restrictions, bottom time generally limited to 60
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Avid u/w videographer/stills however I didn't bring my equipment for this
trip, but I didn't see much in terms of a dedicated camera room.  Also the
boats didn't really have any sort of camera table and a rinse tank was
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Coastal diving along Dauin, Oriental Negros was spotty at best.  Limited
hard corals with that which remained showing evidence of damage from
fisherman dragging their traps over the reef.  The black volcanic sand made
visibility also spotty if the waves kicked up.  Despite this there was a
wide variety of small critters such as frog fish, pipefish, crocodile fish,

The better diving was around Apo Island which is about a 45 minute boat
ride from the resort.  White coral sand resulted in consistently better
visibility around Apo Island compared to the coastal dives.  Soft corals
were in abundance and generally in good health, hard corals were better
than the coastal sites but still not prolific.  Good variety of interesting
critters but limited pelagics, no sharks, mantas, etc, but a few turtles.

Resort is very comfortable and the chef (Jake) at the resort can whip up
some very good dishes.  The resort is somewhat secluded (there are only a
few resorts in the vicinity) so you can walk the beach without being
hassled from hawkers.  Overall a very pleasant trip but this was a family
trip over X-mas with a few days of diving.  If your passing through the
area its definitely worth a visit, however, the diving quality doesn't
justify this as a diving destination by itself (there are too many other
better locations in the region).
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