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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Lisa Evans, CO, US
Contributor   (13 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6013
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Great Barrier Reef, Roatan, Cozumel, Bonaire, Fiji, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stuck with divemaster but were allowed to stay until buddy got to 750 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was the second half of our trip - first week spent at Atlantis Puerto
Galera.  This was very different!  The resort was just as nice - very
comfortable and easy to use, good food, friendly staff, etc.

Most of the diving was very close to the resort - just a few minutes by
boat.  This was muck diving - what coral there was was in very poor shape,
though the artificial reefs had some coral on them.  But the beauty here
was in the small and weird - and there was many, many interesting species -
spiny devil fish, fingered dragonet, frog fish, pipefish, nudibranchs of
all sorts.

The divemasters' skill varied - from one who just was "there" to
a marine biologist who had so much interesting information and helped teach
us how to spot things ourselves.  Everyone had a slate (as with Puerto
Galera, too) and a pointer to help us see and identify things.

The house reef was great - it started with brown volcanic sand bottom, then
some tires that had lots of cool critters, then into sea grass where all
the fish and critters were green.  Around the tires there were, a couple
times, huge schools of fusiliers, snappers, etc - mesmerizing.

We took two trips to Apo Island.  Some of the dive sites there were
amazing, but some were only so-so.  Definitely worth the trip, though one
day would have been enough for us.  Watch out for the Titan triggerfish
during their nesting season.

This is a great place for the weird, the camouflaged, the funny-shaped and
hard-to-spot fish and other critters.
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