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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in

February, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by David E Reubush, VA, US
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Report Number 5941
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Curacao,
Dominica, Galapagos, Indonesia, Red Sea, Roatan, Turks & Caicos, Virgin
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay in the vicinity of the guide, come back with 750 psi, max depth 100
ft., most dives limited to just over an hour, no gloves  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Brand new, large, well lit camera room with lots of space and both 110v and
220v outlets.  Relatively large rinse tanks on shore, smallish plastic tub
on most boats.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
There are many pluses about Atlantis Dumaguete.  The people (dive guides,
restaurant staff, etc. etc.) are all great.  They aim to please and will
know your name within the first day.  The food is good, not gourmet, but
better than a lot of places I have been and there is always plenty of it. 
The rooms are comfortable, the a/c works.  Again, not luxury, but more than
sufficient.  The price is also good for what you get.  You can do up to 5
dives a day, but we generally only did 4.  The diving just off and near the
resort is mainly muck diving.  The bottom is a dark brown sand/silt. 
Dumaguete is on Negros Island which has a large, dormant volcano just
inland from the resort.  There had been a week of rain storms the week
before we got there and, as a result, the water was full of silt. 
Visibility was typically about 30 ft.  Plus, I was diving with a group of
12 which was split into 2 groups of 6.  There were a number of critters
that I had never seen before (spiny tiger shrimp, tiny half inch long frog
fish etc.)  However, there were not huge numbers of any of them so, even
with only 6, the bottom got stirred up quickly when we stopped to look at
something.  I would recommend that you go as a couple (and there were
couples there with their own guides) and take a stick to avoid the silt
problem.  One day we motored about 45 minutes to Apo Island for 3 dives (2
in the morning, a BBQ lunch on the boat, and 1 after lunch).  Apo has
beautiful coral gardens and 60+ ft. visibility, but we didn't see anything
special.  Another day we motored about an hour to Siquijor Island which has
about the same visibility as Apo, coral gardens, interspersed sand flats,
and a lot of interesting things to see.  (I saw 2 ribbon eels on each of
the 3 dives.)  The dive/lunch routine was the same as at Apo.  For Apo and
Siquijor I would recommend gloves even though they say no gloves as there
are typically mild currents and lots of stinging hydroids.  I got stings
when I tried to two finger steady myself on dead coral to take some photos
in the current.  The only issue I have is with the dive operations.  While
the resort handles getting your tank/BC on and off the boats you have to
schlep the rest of your gear from the dive shop, down the beach, and
through the surf line to the boat.  While the beach is brown sand there are
rocks at the surf line that you have to negotiate and, at high tide, you
will often have to wade through chest deep water to get to the boat ladder.
 There may or may not be one of the boat guys to help you with this
process.  If you only had to do this once a day it wouldn't be too bad, but
at times you would change boats from dive to dive so, on those days, you
had to bring your stuff back after each dive.  Having enough boats so that
you took your stuff out in the morning and it stayed on the boat all day
would have been better and having a dedicated boat for your group so that
you could have taken your stuff out once at the beginning of the week and
only brought it back at the end would have been best.       
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