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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resort Puerto Galera in

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Joel Snyder, AZ, USA
Contributor   (14 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 3009
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Greater Caribbean, South Pacific, Hawaii, Latin America
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 25    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Must dive with divemaster (all dives are 'drift' dives)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
A separate room was available for photographers with digital facilities for
viewing, transferring, etc., plus Internet if you wanted to upload.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
A very friendly, high-service quality resort.  Everyone made a serious
effort to learn your name and was very helpful at all times.  Dives were 4x
a day via 5-10-minute boat ride.  Currents varied from "none" to
"Whoa..."  Folks were relaxed and the quality of the dives was
very good.  Limits on bottom time of 50 to 60 per dive were not too bad
given that we were doing 4 dives a day.  Rental gear no problem, but no
computers.  I rented a wet suit, but the water was so warm that I didn't
use it after the first dive.  During high season, this would be quite a
zoo, but in Sept/Oct, it's really a great location and # of divers was not
a problem.  Puerto Galera is one of two resorts owned by Atlantis.  This
one was 2.5 hrs by minivan + 50 minutes by boat from central Manila
(arranged by resort with great efficiency!); if you are going to go direct
to resort and not tour Manila, pick an overnight hotel near the airport as
you have to drive past airport to get south to Puerto Galera/Mindoro
Island.  Rooms are spare; ask for one of the 4 "executive rooms"
if you want more space and a private/semi-private balcony.  Be prepared for
lots of stair climbing!  
My rate included meals, but you could go a la carte since there are many
restaurants within 5 minute walk of the resort if you wanted to explore.  
Diving was typical of S. Pacific with lots of lionfish, frogfish,
clownfish, many many soft corals.  Few hard corals; lots of reef fish
(smaller size).  Few pelagics at the sites we visited.  Great for video
& photo macro.  Incredible nudibranch collection everywhere. 
Facilities for tech divers/rebreathers no problem---He/O2 easily available
and expert instruction if you wanted it.  
Currents (surge really) could be tough for beginners on some dives.  
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