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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resort in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Bill Knoblauch, CA, USA
Report Number 1564
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
California, Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico, Micronesia, Malaysia, South Pacific,
Philippines
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
68   to 72    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
33
Water Visibility
30   to 70    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
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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  
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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was my second trip to Atlantis.  I was there two months earlier, and
just had to go back because I enjoyed my first trip there so much.  Was
this trip as good--No.  However, that was not the fault of the resort. 
This trip I went with a group of about 60 divers.  I will never travel with
a group this large again.  I prefer smaller groups (6-20) where everyone
gets to know each other.  One drawback from the resort with a group this
large is that we had to eat our meals buffet style.  The quality of the
food was not as good as my September visit (but still very good), but in
September, we were able to order directly off the menu as our group was
much smaller (only six of us).  The dive operation worked very well with
our large group, so no complaints there.  Mother Nature did bite us in the
butt this time, there was a cyclone on the east side of the Philippines
while we were there, thus causing air and water temperatures to be somewhat
lower than normal, plus it did bring rain and plenty of wind.  Oh well, we
can't beat Mother Nature can we!
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