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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Dumaguete

Atlantis Dive Resorts, May, 2011,

by Michael A Thompson, NV, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 6055.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving north america, central america, asia, caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 5 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions depth limits, dive time was limited by the heaviest breather
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments superb spacious shore facility with air hoses to dry off housing. Both 110 & 220 available (only area that had 110)

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The hotel was wonderful situated in a park like setting. One of the most remarkable things about this place is that all employees knew our names by the night of the first day and truly made us feel important and very welcome.

Menu was interesting; offering both meat and non meat offerings. Goat was on the menu one night, soups and desserts were inspired and cutting edge. Kitchen wait staff remembered food allergies and
my wife never had to pick onions out of her food. The food on the Apo Island trip was fantastic and was barbecued onboard.

Diving is spectacular muck diving. Macro photography is difficult due to so many subjects. Some boats have some type of sun protection, but no fresh water tanks on board (cameras placed on deck).

We found the muck diving we expected. Dive staff were amazing in finding the small critters and would not hear of our carrying anything to or from the boat.

Took the photo tune up by the resort photo pro. He utilized a full face mask and I had a receiver on my mask strap on our dives, which provided immediate feedback and was quite helpful.

Dive lockers are roomy enough for gear but humidity and no fan in the locker area did not allow for things to even partially dry out, which is not good as a 1 hour flight from Manilla is required to get here and weight is a real concern (They even weigh the carry on bags). Be sure to get the Mabuhay Sports Plus card to increase your weight allowance if you are flying Philippine Airlines.

The one large negative is that the resort is not in the city (good), but on each side of the resort was downfall burning (bad). My wife had a severe reaction to the smoke and had to terminate her dives after 2 days. Resort staff were concerned about her; inquiring daily and went into town to get an antibiotic.

Spa facilities were beautiful, and the employess talented ... resulting in full daily bookings.

We also participated in the land tour in local air conditioned jeepnies and for the adventure lovers were allowed to ride on top like the locals. Waterfalls were lovely along with the hot springs. Zip line is not expensive, but there is only one run.

Bitey bugs were there, but not bad. We really did not have to even use insect spray.
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