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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

Atlantis Dive Resorts, May, 2010,

by Lisa Evans, CO, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6012.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Great Barrier Reef, Cozumel, Bonaire, Roatan, Fiji, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 76 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stuck with the plan pretty well, based on the site. We were fine with going with the divemasters - had plenty of time on each dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments There were very few other guests at Atlantis when we were there, so it was very quiet. The resort is very nice - we did have to move out of a back room because of diesel exhaust from an adjacent property's generator, but they put us up in a very nice ocean-view room. There is a nice pool, the dive shop is right next to the beach, and the restaurant is very pleasant. The gear storage area was convenient.

We used small boats to go to most of the dive sites. The trips were generally just a few minutes. There was a wreck in the bay, and nice walls nearby. The coral was in good shape, very colorful, with lots of feather stars of many colors! We saw large schools of small fish, large numbers of shrimp, cuttelfish, octos, crabs, lobsters...and some big fish as well. My most vivid memory is just lots and lots of color.

Don't miss the trip to Verde Island. While diving the wall there you are swimming through huge schools of anthias. I didn't do the Washing Machine dive, choosing instead to go for a sedate stroll through the coral gardens, and saw a couple sea krates, among other things.

Divemasters were great - excellent at pointing out things, and ethical in terms of not touching the coral or animals.

We did 4 dives a day, and 5 dives some days. They were happy to take us out as much as we wanted.

Night dives were cool - we asked to go somewhere other than the standard Sabang wrecks, and ended up toward Sabang Point in a wonderful area of small coral heads with lots of activity and night critters out.

We had a great time here, thanks to the beautiful reefs, fish and nudis, the friendly and helpful staff and the comfortable resort.
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