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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resort in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

Atlantis Dive Resort, Sep, 2004,

by Bill Knoblauch, CA, USA . Report 1563.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving California, Caribbean, Micronesia, South Pacific, Hawaii, Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 72 to 74 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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