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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resort in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Bill Knoblauch, CA, USA
Report Number 1563
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
California, Caribbean, Micronesia, South Pacific, Hawaii, Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
72   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Have to stay with your group, all must surface at same time.  However, you
could pretty much do what you please (assuming the dive guides felt you
were a strong diver), as long as the dive guides could see you.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
I really enjoyed the photos I took.  However, there was not too much large
critters to shot.  Macro photogrphy was excellent.  The drawback is the
dive boats are not set up well for photographers, but, it only takes 5-10
minutes to get to all dive sites.  The resort has computers and TV's so one
can easily view digital work.  Print film and slides can be processed in
town at very reasonable cost, with about one-hour turnaround.  There is a
seperate rinse tank for cameras and computers.  Overall, I was very please
with my photographic experience at Atlantis.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Atlantis.  I can't find anything bad to
report about the resort, food, or dive operation.  The people are very
friendly, food was very good, and I loved the diving.

The worse part of the trip was getting there.  We flew out of LAX and were
lucky the plane was only half full so didn't need a fuel stop in Hawaii. 
But, the flight is about 16 hours.  Upon arriving in Manilla, we caught a
bus to Batangas (about a two hour trip), where we then boarded an outrigger
boat for a one hour ride.  Needless to say, we were pooped when we arrived
at the resort.  The resorts staff greeted us warmly upon arriving, taking
our lugguge off the boat.  Check-in was relatively painless.

This was one of the best vacations I've had in over 20 years of diving. 
Would I go back?  In a heartbeat!
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