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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts/Atlantis - Puerto Galera in
Philippines/North - Island of Mindoro

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Dorotrhy McDonald, OH, US
Contributor   (17 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6483
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
French Polynesia, Micronesia, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Coral Sea,
Fiji, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were asked to stay within sight of the dive guide but people lagged
behind taking pictures and it wasn't a problem, and asked that everyone
come up together.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
The resort has a fantastic camera room with electrical outlets, air guns
for drying, shelf space for storing camera equipment - you can label a
shelf with your name during your stay.  There was no fresh water on the
boats for cameras, but the dives were usually only 3 to 10 minutes from the
resort, the crew was very careful when handling cameras and there was a
fresh water dunk tank for cameras back at the resort and a table to put
camera gear on between dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
The diving was very colorful.  You go here for the small stuff - all kinds
of interesting critters from orangatan crabs to frog fish to nudibranchs to
sea horses, convict eels, feeding schools of striped catfish, etc.  There
were some large bat fish but no one was paying attention to the fish -
divers were looking at the little stuff - which is probably why only the
dive guide and one diver from our boat saw an 18' to 20' thresher shark go
by - yes, the rest of us were jealous.  Atlantis Puerto Galera was
amazingly well run - I was with a group of about 30 divers and everyone was
talking about how efficiently the dive resort was organized.  There were 6
divers to a boat plus a boatman and dive guide.  There were lots of boats
and divers, but departure times were staggered and it never seemed
congested.  Our guide, Norm, did an amazing job of pointing out things that
we probably would have missed.  Other divers said their guide didn't point
out a lot - so I guess we got lucky to have Norm assigned to us.  Some
dives had little or no current and on other dives we'd be flying.  The
surface was usually calm or had a little chop - but not bad.  There was too
much boat traffic to feel safe diving from shore in front of the resort.
The entire staff was very friendly, they knew our names by the end of the
first day.  The food was plentiful and delicious and maitre d' Rhondo was
adept at keeping things moving and running smoothly in the large open-air
dining area.  There was a huge breakfast buffet with typical items as well
as some local items and you could also have made-to-order omelets.  At
lunch and dinner there were usually 3 or 4 entree items to choose from and
at lunch you could also choose fresh veggies and meats/fish from a buffet
and have them stir-fried with rice or noodles.  Also, between dives a
waiter came to the dive area circulating with trays of freshly baked
treats.  The resort is built on a hill so there are lots of stairs to climb
to get to most rooms.  The resort spa offers hour-long massages for $25-
our group took advantage of that and those massages sure felt good after 4
or 5 dives a day!  The only negative to going here is that it is so far. We
arrived in Manila around midnight and spent the night there (at the
Remington Hotel, which had a great location but a lot of us were not happy
with the inefficiency at check-in or with our rooms).  The next morning
there was about a 2 hour bus ride to the coast (depending on traffic this
could be longer - on our return it took about 4 hours) and then an hour
boat ride to get to the resort.  There is a little bit of walking on an
incline involved between the bus and boat and boat and resort.  The diving
and resort staff were so fantastic that some of our group are already
planning to return next year and will spend time at Atlantis Dumaguete as
well as Puerto Galera - that people are willing to return to a destination
that involves so much travel is a great indicator of how superb it was! 
The trip was organized and led by Dave Haas and booked through - he will also be leading the trip next year.
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