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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Rose Mueller , FL, US
Contributor   (16 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5708
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Papua New Guinea, Coral Sea, Sipaden, Indonesia, Galapagos, Caymen, Tobago,
Curacao, Bonaire, Solomon Islands, French Polynesia, Cozumel, Florida-the
Keys, West Palm, Key Largo and the Gulf of Mexico, Flathead Lake, Egypt and
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
After the intitial check-out dive there was little concern about where one
dove or how deep.  There was really no reason to go "deep".    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
This is perhaps the BEST camera room we've encountered.  It is clean,
efficient, roomy, full of light, has compressed air and multiple outlets
and best of all ALEX.  The photographer in residence is exceptional.  He
gladly offers advice and answers questions without expecting compensation. 
Where does one find this?  I might add, he is also highly skilled and
offers multiple courses that are for SERIOUS photographers, not ones merely
seeking a PADI patch.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
For an "all inclusive" dive resort this is the best we've
encountered.  The management, Simon, is exceptional and always available. 
All requests are accommodated, if possible.  The rooms are spartan, but
clean.  The staff is phenomenal; remembering names, requests, habits. 
Soyid, with the reservation staff, e-mailed me faster than any person at
any other resort we've visited; I might add at multiple occasions.  The
food is unbelievable.  It is of gourmet quality.  The quality and
presentation is extraordinary.  IF someone desired something different,
every effort was made to please.  A voraious appetite was satisfied.  I
can't say enough about Eric, Don, Meanne and Mr. R., the restaurant
manager.  It is also the best cappuchino we've had anywhere-Starbucks eat
your heart out!  The dive staff and boat drivers are so well trained and
truly love their jobs.  They even have a command of the latin names of the
fish I've never seen.  Their eyes are young and miss nothing.  Their smiles
are contagous.  I want to thank Rusty and Larry for their exceptional care
after my husband broke his ear drum.  They even presented me with a shirt
for completing my 1100th dive.  We are saddened that there were fishing
nets on two of our dives.  It is a Marine Park.  The government needs to
step in and protect this asset.  If you're looking for pelagics forget
about going here.  If you want pleasant diving with amazing macro fish this
is your heaven.  The marine life is that of Indonesia without the
discomfort and bias against women. It is a hard trip-34 hours from Florida.
 Would I return tomorrow if possible, yes, without a question:)  I'd also
add that for the same period of time, it was less expensive to go to
Atlantis than to go to Cozumel. 
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