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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resort in
Philippines/Dumaguette

Atlantis Dive Resort, Aug, 2007,

by Edward Leibowitz, NJ, USA (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 4092.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cayman, Tortola, Yap, Palau, Dominica, Fiji, Baja, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 72 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Diving Time- Must exit when divemaster decided to end dive. This was plenty of time for me as my air consumption is not that good.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 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 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Traveled from New Jersey to Atlantis resort in Dumaguette (17 hours) on Korean Air and Cebu Pacific. Korean Air permits you two 70-lb bags for checked luggage. However, Cebu Pacific maximum weight allowance is 44 LBS. There is a charge on this airline for checked luggage in excess of this weight. Cost me $15 extra. I understand Air Philippines gives more liberal allowances for checked luggage to scuba divers. On my return trip on Air Philippines, I was not charged for excess baggage weight. Scuba Travel Ventures, San Diego handled all the travel arrangements. I heard about them at Beneath the Sea 2008. They are reputable dive travel agency and Patchara did an excellent job in making travel arrangements.
I used EAN-32 on all my dives. Atlantis offers an unlimited Nitrox package at a cost of $165. I purchased the seven-day dive package, which included two days of diving at APO island. The package includes four boat dives per day, except when you went to APO (3 dives per day.) The resort serves three meals per day and snacks between dives. The food was excellent. The best diving is at APO island, a 45-minute boat ride from the resort. The coral formations at APO are beatiful. Dive guides are very helpful in assisting you with your equipment. Most dives start as muck dives. Divemasters look for all sorts of small critters in the sand. The town pier is a very nice dive site. You cannot wear gloves while diving.
You must make a short slosh through the water to enter the dive boat and then climb up a boat ladder. The resort should have
a dock so that you would not have to enter the boat from the water. Although this area has no high voltage diving, I enjoyed staying and diving at Atlantis.
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