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

December, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Pec Indman, CA, US
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Report Number 5899
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Fiji, Hawaii, Florida, Roatan, Dumaguete (Philippines)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
general depth limits set, for example, max depth between 40-60 ft.  Let DM
know when you got to 750 PSI.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
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  
There is a special dry room for cameras at the resort.  This room contains
the only 110v outlets at the resort, and compressed air for drying
housings.  The room is locked after 10pm, but everyone felt very
comfortable leaving expensive camera rigs and laptops in the room during
the day.  Computers are also available in this room for image downloads or
internet connection.  There were cubbies to store laptops, camera gear,
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 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    
We booked this trip with the very helpful assistance and advice of Ultimate
Dive Travel.  Flying from San Francisco in the evening, we arrived in
Manila at 6 am.  We were greeted at the baggage claim by Tess, who helped
us load up a cart and led us to the waiting van.  The van was driven by
Norberto ("Bean") a very skillful driver who carefully wove the
way through city and country.  It took about 2 or 2 1/2 hours.  We made a
quick pit stop on the way.  The ferry was waiting for us, and we were the
only passengers.  The boat was smooth, and the views were interesting. 
Once we docked, our luggage was carried to the resort, and we walked a very
short way to the resort.  We checked in, and were given a welcome massage
(I was too excited to sit though it) and cold drink.  A tour of the resort,
and we were checked into our room.  In the rooms, only 220v is available. 
Internet connection speed was slow in the rooms but adequate down in the
dining or photo rooms.

The resort is beautiful.  It is multi-level, brick pathways, with topical
plants.  The resort is spotless, as are the rooms.  Our room was
comfortable and cozy, we had a double and a single bed, a TV.  There is no
phone (we didn't need one).  It may be helpful to bring an alarm clock- or,
we used a cell phone alarm.   You can see pictures on the Atlantis website.
 Once into our room, we went back down and get registered for diving.  We
were met by some of the dive masters, who assigned cubbies in the gear room
a large area to hang our wetsuits, etc.  We signed up for the afternoon
dives.  Then a delicious lunch, and our diving adventure began.  Within a
few hours after arriving we were greeted by name.  The people who work at
Atlantis were some of the friendliest and happiest people I've encountered.
 They were attentive to every detail and did everything to make this a
remarkable trip.  

Food is always important.  I would say this was some of the best food I've
ever had anywhere.  Lots of choices- off a large breakfast menu my favorite
was banana pancakes with a scrambled egg.  My husband enjoyed the omelets. 
They also made coffee drinks and incredible hot chocolate.  Lunch and
dinner included 3 courses, with choices of fresh fish, chicken, beef and
pork.  Don't miss the amazing desserts.  Watching the guys in the kitchen
was like watching Iron Chef.  
The kitchen manager and his incredible staff (who also always greeted us by
name) were incredibly attentive and sweet.  Food was too plentiful!  My
husband and I would each get soup or salad, and split an order.  That was
often still more than we could eat (I always saved room for dessert!)

Diving- in 8 1/2 days I got in 33 dives (my husband did 32).  Dives are
scheduled at 9 (kitchen is open for breakfast early), 11, and after lunch
at 2 and 4.  You can also do a mandarin dusk dive or a night dive at 6. 
You tell them when you want to dive, and you are assigned to a boat.  There
is great flexibility!  you can change your mind (you might decide to get a
massage or nap instead).  DM's were all patient with us photographers and
my husband did video.  They always made we saw everything before moving on.
 These guys all had amazing eyes.  They knew exactly where to find the
pygmy seahorse on a 5 foot tall and wide fan coral.  We spent time mostly
with DM's Henry, Norm and Chris.  They are fun, funny, caring and helpful,
and they know fish and critters.  Every night there was a 15 min talk and
powerpoint about seahorses, octopi, or fish and critters.  Have questions
about photography?  John, the underwater pro was the jolliest fellow we've
ever met- alway a smile and a joke.  We dove with Nitrox.  Everyday we
would check and record our tanks.  

The dive sites were all about 3-5 minutes from the resort.  Currents were
always reviewed and evaluated.  Most were no to low current dives.  One
dive at Verde Island was aborted due to wild currents.  The two at the
coral garden there were beautiful.  Food was brought from the resort, and
we had a lovely picnic there.  

Regrets?  Have cash to leave a tip for the staff.  We felt bad that to use
our credit card would have incurred an extra 15% charge.  There wasn't a
person on the staff who didn't deserve a wonderful tip (I mean even the
groundskeeper was a friendly guy!)

If possible I would choose a time of year with more sunny weather and
better viz.
Don't depend on getting good food at the Manila airport.  
I would stay longer!  
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