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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in

September, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Rose Mueller , FL, US
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Report Number 6701
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Papua New Guinea, Coral Sea, Solomon Islands, Palau, Galapagos,
Puerto Galera- Phillipines, Florida, Caribbean, Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
This was a serious bone of contention.  They offer 5 dives.  We'd rather
dive 3 longer dives.  After 3 dives with the dive master insisting we begin
to ascend after 50 min.  I complained.  It did no good until my
"husband" complained.  I even heard the owner talk about the 50
up, 60 minute out rule.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
The Atlantis Resorts have the BEST rooms for photography I've encountered. 
This is perhaps their greatest positive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
1 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
5 stars   
2 stars    
We'd stayed twice at Atlantis, Puerto Galera.  The former manager urged us
to go to Dumaguete as it's isolated from the town.  The trip is very costly
and long, also for us requiring an overnight in Manila.  Cebu Airlines is
difficult at best.  Even after paying for additional luggage ($50.00 per
person per way), as we carry our gear and photography equipment, we had
problems getting them to allow our camera gear as checked luggage.  There
was NO consideration for hand carrying it. I thought the resort had
undergone renovations.  It is VERY Spartan.  We opted for the
"upgraded" ocean front room.  It was barely possible to move
around the bed.  Cramped is an understatement.  It is old, tired and moldy.
 The noise level is considerate if someone is in the room above.  The
resort is isolated from town so BYOB if you drink and watch that you have
your amenities in hand.  It is expensive to secure things at the resort.
The food is carefully prepared and I didn't worry about eating it.  The
chef was amenible to changing anything to suit our tastes. The Philippine
people are gracious and most eager to accommodate.  I can't say the same
about management.  The dive facility itself is excellent.  The boats are in
pristine condition.  The safety of the divers is taken seriously.  The dive
masters are competent.  We were most impressed with Jess as he wasn't a
clock watcher.  He LOVES to dive.  Marco is knowledgeable, but not
passionate.  I have an issue that they don't screen their divers.  We had
1227 dives and were put with a diver that hadn't been in the water for 6
years and was obese and out of shape.  It shouldn't have taken the SERIOUS
complaining to rectify this situation.  There are no reefs at Dumaguete. 
It is the day trip to Apo Island.  There problem is that even the reefs
there are severly compromised.  There are crown of thorns in the reef,
fishing line and fish traps in the sanctuary and a lot of garbage.  There
are precious few fish.  It is ironic that I paid an environmental fee of
$135.00 for these conditions.  The government is not doing anything yet to
clean up these waters.  The lion fish compete with the photographers for
the fish.  I seriously had to push several away.  There were no pygmy sea
horses, few frog fish and wasp fish.  The lion fish have no predators and
little prey.  I fear they are eating the juvenile fish.  If you love
octopus, the dive site Punta is for you.  The dive masters went out of
their way to help us find the blue ringed octopus.  Most of our dives were
there, hunting.  On our last dive Paul found it!  This was indeed a thrill.
 The return trip was difficult.  We had to leave the resort at 10:30am to
catch our flight to Manila.  It left us with a 10 hour layover in Manila. 
Atlantis Resorts usually offer a discount for off season.  I had asked
before I booked the trip if it would be offered this year.  The question
wasn't addressed.  A month after I booked the trip they offered 1/2 off for
the second person.  I'd suggest anyone going off season to book the airfare
and then wait for the discounted price to be announced by the resort. 
There would be no problem in securing a room as there was only one other
diver throughout most of our stay.  There is also no incentive for return
visits.  This was our 3rd Atlantis experience and nothing was offered for
being a "preferred" client.  At PPR in Palau they are quite
gracious about saying, thank you, to repeat guests.  This holds true for
our repeat visits to Cozumel with El Cantil, the resort and Scuba Du, the
dive facility.  Perhaps Atlanis has all of the business they need, but I
find it curious.  Even a thank you for our patronage would have been nice. 
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