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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Michael A Thompson, NV, US
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Report Number 6055
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
north america, central america, asia, caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits, dive time was limited by the heaviest breather  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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  
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):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
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

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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