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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Negro Oriental

Atlantis Dive Resorts: "Dumaguete & Apo Island Dive Trip", Aug, 2016,

by Russ Battisto, MN, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9018 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Mainly Caribbean, Fiji, Hawaii, Africa
Closest Airport Dumaguete Getting There LAX to Manila then short hop to Dumaguette

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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).
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments 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...)

GETTING THERE:
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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Gregory Bruce in CA, US at Jan 25, 2017 11:30 EST  
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