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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Frederick R. Turoff, PA, US
Sr. Contributor   (22 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6100
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
BVI, USVI, Saba, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Costa
Rica, Coco Island, Revillagigedos, Sea of Cortez, Palau, Yap, Red Sea,
Sipadan, PNG, Indonesia, Philippines
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
I did 20 dives and dove no deeper than 87 ft, with most of each dive much
shallower. Average dives lasted over 60 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Photo room on land was excellent. At least 10 stations. Each had table
space, roomy shelves and storage, individual lighting, air gun, several
charging stations covering both 120 and 240 volts. Photo pro available much
of the time to give advice or photo courses. On boat, although there was no
fresh water tank, cameras were handled carefully and kept away from gear
and people. (Rides to local sites lasted 10 minutes at most.) Dedicated
rinse tanks on shore in dive shop area, which was close to photo room. Crew
carried cameras to and from boats unless I chose to do it myself.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Last year I went on the Atlantis Azores liveaboard and spent a few days at
Atlantis Puerto Galera resort. I was impressed by the operation and when
the manager of PG told me about Dumaguete and its muck diving, I decided to
give it a try. The muck diving didn't disappoint me - I saw more frogfish
and ghost pipefish than I did on my last trip to Lembeh Strait. On my first
dive to their "cars" divesite, I saw a lizardfish eating another
fish for the first time, plus there was a group of four red and white
ornate ghost pipefish that hovered by a white crinoid on a short coral
trunk, and they were there on two later dives to the same site. Much of the
local diving is muck diving with many interesting camouflaged critters and
fish,  nudibranchs, crabs, cephalopods, plus there is some coral reef
diving as well. The latter gave me the opportunity to see two blue ring
octopi, the second of which I found myself. Only 4 inches from head to
toes, these neat critters gave all divers plenty of opportunity to observe
and photograph. Sea grass in the shallows allowed us to see more camouflage
of fish and critters, both night and day. I did four dives each day - three
day and one night. Dive gear is kept in a gear house close to the beach, in
which we'd hang everything to dry overnight (or almost dry). The staff sets
up your tank, BC and regulator each morning and has it ready for the next
dive. Everyone had to check their own Nitrox tanks and mark them. We'd put
our wetsuits on and carry our mask and fins to the beach or boat. For shore
dives we'd gear up on tables set on the beach, for boat dives we'd put gear
on once we were at the dive site. Cameras are carried generally by staff to
the beach or boat for us, and taken to the rinse tank for us upon return.
One day we did an excursion to nearby Apo Island for three better coral
reef dives where we saw a turtle on two of the dives and a few sea snakes,
one of which went up for a gulp of air and directly down next to me. I did
a fluoro dive one night (extra), where we used black lights and filters to
observe fluorescence of both corals and sealife, which was quite
interesting. There are some artificial reefs made of tires or pyramidal
pipe constructions that have attracted lots of growth, fish and critters. I
saw one huge grouper that hid in one of these pyramids, plus several large
starry puffers that lounged within the structures. Meals are served and
feature four choices generally. The food is terrific. Resort staff knew my
name within a day. A full service spa offers guests massage, sauna and
personal care. I didn't see anyone use the pool that sits centrally within
the bungalows amid well-kept grounds. My room was the second story of a
unit, and had AC, fan, balcony plus a room with shower, sink, storage and
toilet. For those looking for terrific critter diving, this is a place to
consider strongly. Getting there is an easy 1:20 flight from Manila, then a
short ride in the hotel's Jeepny.
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