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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

February, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by David E Reubush, VA, US
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Report Number 5942
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Curacao,
Dominica, Dumaguete, Galapagos, Indonesia, Red Sea, Roatan, Turks &
Caicos, Virgin Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay in the vicinity of the guide, come back with 750 psi, max depth 100
ft., most dives limited to just over an hour, no gloves  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Brand new, well lit camera room with satisfactory space and both 110v and
220v outlets.  Relatively large rinse tanks on shore, most small boats had
no rinse tank.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
As with Atlantic Dumaguete there are many pluses about Atlantis Puerto
Galera.  The people (dive guides, restaurant staff, etc. etc.) are all
great.  They aim to please and will know your name within the first day. 
The food is good, not gourmet, but better than a lot of places I have been
and there is always plenty of it.  The rooms are comfortable, the a/c
works.  Again, not luxury, but more than sufficient.  The price is also
good for what you get.  You can do up to 5 dives a day, but we generally
only did 4.  The resort is on a hillside so you can get additional exercise
going up and down to your room, if you end up near the top of the hill.
(Which I did.)  Right off the resort is a white sand bottom with some
wrecks and lots of stuff to see, especially at night.  (Saw my first
stargazer, which are actually fairly common there.)  There are a large
number of dive sites within a few minutes boat ride from the resort.  Most
are slopes with mainly coral with interspersed sand and have 40 to 60 ft.
visibility and mild currents, if any.  (We did go for a ride down one
channel with fairly strong current and one wreck with strong current.) 
Lots of nudibranchs, mantis shrimp, anemone fish of various types, etc.  A
few sites are real muck with sea horses, pipe fish, various types of crabs
etc. and lower visibility.  We took one day trip to Verde Island and did 2
dives on the sea mount off the island.  You definitely would have been
better off with gloves on these 2 dives.  The current was ripping and the
guides did not take the time to ascertain where the lee of the mount was. 
We just got dumped in and, on the first dive, took off on a ride.  The
second dive we lucked out and started out in a low current area, but soon
swam into another ripping current.  We had one young girl in the group with
only about 40 dives total.  I would not have recommended these dives to
her, had I known the conditions, but she did remarkably well. (I would not
recommend Verde to any beginner - otherwise almost all the other dives
would have been fine for a beginner.)  After these dives we came back to
Verde, got off the boat, and had a BBQ lunch that had been prepared while
we were diving.  After lunch the choice was to dive the "washing
machine" or a coral garden.  After the sea mount nobody was interested
in another punishing dive so we did the coral garden, which was a great
dive with virtually no current.  As with Atlantis Dumaguete they take care
of getting your tank/BC between the dive shop and the boats and you schlep
the rest of your gear.  However, here was much easier than at Dumaguete. 
There are more boats, the dive shop is closer to the boats, and the water,
even at high tide, is very shallow so it isn't the pain that Dumaguete is. 
Also, since there are more boats, most every day we carried our gear out in
the morning and it stayed on the boat the rest of the day.      
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