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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Negro Oriental

August, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Russ Battisto, MN, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"Dumaguete & Apo Island Dive Trip"
Report Number 9018 has 1 Helpful vote
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Mainly Caribbean, Fiji, Hawaii, Africa
Closest Airport
Getting There
LAX to Manila then short hop
to Dumaguette

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox limits as well as longer safety stops due mainly to the profile
which brought us back to the shallow area to board the moored boat (in most
cases where there was little or no current).  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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The camera room was perfect for my needs. Plenty of room, compressed air
(most of the time) and secure. Because we returned to the resort after each
dive (except on trips to Apo Island ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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Where to begin... 

First, To explain my star rating above. This was an expensive trip for us.
Although well worth it, your "bang for the buck" is easy to
improve upon but hard to find elsewhere... Next, the beginner will have no
trouble at the sites we were at. If air is an issue, they will compensate,
no problem. The lower rating on the "advanced" diver is not
because there is an issue, it's because my impression of what an
"advanced" diver might be looking for could be different than the
easy diving we encountered. If you are looking for a challenge (hence
advanced... think Gallaagos, you won't find it here. If you are a camera
buff looking to settle in and have a great time, this is your place...)
From Minnesota this isn't an easy task. Our travel agent of many years
booked us on Philippine Air from LAX to Manila. A LONG flight! Hint: Try to
get booked on their newer Boeing 777, not their older Airbus A340. The
difference is amazing. The Boeing is more comfortable, has the
entertainment centers, recharging stations and just felt better. The Airbus
A340 was... not so much. We had the "great" fortune to experience
both, the "old" Airbus on the way to Manila and the
"new" Boeing going home. 
Another hint: Unless you are a FF on their airline or willing to pony up
for their business class seats expect no choice of seats. We tried and
failed (separated) both ways. They don't negotiate at all. They don't need
to. Both flights were booked solid. 
(Last "humorous" hint: we were also two of the only Caucasians on
the flights, not that it matters, just an observation telling us "we
ain't from around here." We were also the largest (tall, not fat)
getting on the plane so there were no size-challenged passengers sitting in
the middle seats next to us or anyone else for that matter. We were able to
negotiate our seating together because of of very nice Filipino-American
lady willing to take Mary's aisle seat so Mary could sit next to me on the
way there but we were separated by 7 rows & 4 seats on the way back.
With a family with kids next to me it would have been hard to break them
up. Both of us made it thru just fine...) 

The flight from Manila to Dumaguete (on Negro Oriental Island) was another
experience. I'll chock it up to "island time" as we were delayed
getting started, then sat on the tarmac waiting for a "rain"
delay, then headed ba ...
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