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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Puerto Galera / Dumaguete

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Lucius "Bud" Foster, MN, USA
Report Number 2969
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
California, Hawaii, Lake Superior MN, Jamaica, Bahamas, S. Florida &
Keys, Cozumel Mexico, Anguilla, Palau, Roatan Honduras, Saba, and Turks
& Caicos.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
76   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with a dive buddy and in a group normally no more then 6 per dive
master and everybody starts up to safty stop when the first diver in the
group gets to 750 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
At both Puerto Galera and Dumaguete the Bangka boats had really no place
for cameras except between your feet while going to the dive site and no
fresh water to rinse them, however, most dive sites were within 5 min. so
when you were done you were right back at Atlantis resorts where they have
a big fresh water tank to rinse your camera equipment and a excellent
indoor designated camera room to work on your camera with computers hooked
up for e-mail etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Before I left all I heard from people was.  Are you sure it is a safe place
to go?  Did you know that Americans were kidnapped from a dive resort by
Philippine terrorist? and so on and so on.  Let me just say this, I have
traveled all over the place my whole life surfing and diving, I have
realized by traveling that I am safer out of the USA then in it.  I tell
people this and they look at me like I am crazy.  Truth is Americans are
more likly to me murdered and kidnapped in the USA then most places we
travel to for diving. I believe most people are fundamentally good and a
smile is the same in every language.  I arrived in Manila and the Atlantis
people had a person waiting for me right after I got out of customs.  He
took me right to a van that took me for a 2 hour ride to a large Bangkas
with outriggers that took me to Puerto Galera.  When we pulled up to the
dock the general manager was waiting for me to walk me to the resort and he
had his workers haul all my bags and camera equipment to my room.  I was
giving a free lunch and a cold drink while they got my stuff sent to my
room.  When I was done the GM gave me the tour and explaned how everything
worked.  Puerto Galera is south of Manila on the island of Mindoro.  It is
a small ocean town tucked into a bay right on the beach with a sidewalk
that goes from one end of the bay on the beach to the other.  There are
many small dive resorts, bars with loud music, resturants, little shops
selling tourist stuff and what seemed like alot of young women all with a
huge grin on their face, I could not tell if they were hookers or just
really happy to see a white man. It is a little beach party town were I
spent my first 10 dive days.  The diving was very good and exceptional for
the macro lense and divers who enjoy the small stuff.  On my first dive at
Sabang Wreck I saw tons of crinoids all over the small ship, three
different types of lion fish, a huge black frop fish, school of Bat Fish,
Sturgeon Fish, Ghost Pipefish, Mantis Shrimp, six different species of
Clown Fish, Scorpion Fish, a large sea horse in the grass, and these cool
little fish that swarmed the bottom of the sand in a school that looked
like little Cat Fish.   The only large stuff in the area were at a dive
site called "Sharks Cove" were the white tip sharks always seemed
to be tucked under a ledge taking a nap.  During my 7 days we took a
special trip to Verde Island were the visability was up to 60' and the
diving was full of all the small stuff you could imagine and what seemed
like curtains and curtains of small school fish.  I left Puerto Galera with
many great photos, mostly macro and I really enjoyed the resort.  The food
was great, the pool was clean, my room was really cute with stucco walls
and bright colored interior design and I don't think I spent any more money
then it would cost to take a trip from the USA to the Caribbean.  Then the
Atlantis people sent me on my way back to Manila in the same fasion that
they got me here and put me on a plane bound for my next adventure to the
south, were I spent my next 7 days of diving at their Atlantis resort in
Dumaguete on the island of Negro about 150 miles north of Mindano.  Now
Dumaguete is very quite on a private beach surrounded by beautiful palms,
and while looking back at the resort from the Bangkas on the water you see
in the distant a mountain that slopes up starting at the beach to a huge
dormaint volcano that sits looking down on you.  The food was excellent and
prepaired like a work of art.  I did not expect to eat as good as I did
while in Dumaguete.  The room was on par with there other resort, very
clean comfortable and cozy and the staff at both locations was top notch. 
I just could not get over how inexpensive it was for the food, room and
service I was getting.  The diving in Dumaguete was top notch muck diving
and like Puerto Galera there was not enough time to stop and see everything
that was alive and florishing.  The resort shore dive was one of the best I
have been to (besides Wakatobi Indonesia) and it is just a bunch of tires
put in to make a reef that has become the home to so many critters.  Also,
I were givin the opportunity to take the special trip to Apo Island were
you can dive and see just how great the reef for money is working with the
island people.  The reef had more varieties of coral that I have not seen
in one place.  It looks like it did thousand of years ago, I'm sure.
Atlantis Dive Resorts are a must, 5 stars. (
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