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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Michael A Thompson, NV, US
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 6054
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
north america, central america, asia, caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits, heaviest breather frequently dictated dive time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 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  
5 stars  
Superb shore camera room with air hoses to dry camera housings.  Both 110
& 220 on wall(this is the only place 110 was available)
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
The hotel was nice, but we spent the previous week at Atlantis Dumaguete
and were truly spoiled there. We were not spoiled here.

Menu although very nice was not inspired and most offerings were
"safe". Kitchen wait staff could not remember food allergies and
my wife was constantly picking onions out of her food even after I told
them daily NO ONIONS. We also had to frequently ask for more water. The
food on the Verde Island trip was fantastic.

Diving is spectacular here, some boats have some type of sun protection,
but no fresh water tanks on board (cameras placed on deck).  The dive
masters worked hard to make the diving safe inspite of some wicked huge
currents/tide changes. One dive master (not our regular) seemed to have
gotten lost and his "findings" were meager. Verde island was a
treasure although the current was strong on the second dive. Our dive
master, (Norms)cautioned us to stay close to him on this dive as there was
a treacherous down current ; some of the people on the boat who did not
stick close to their dive master went from 10m to 30m in seconds. 

We did not find the muck diving we expected, but due to the huge (50 m)
tide changes we frequently had to walk through the muck to or from the boat
carrying part of our dive gear and cameras...dive staff at Atlantis
Dumaguete would not hear of our carrying anything and there was no muck

Dive lockers are roomy enough for gear and generally allowed for things to
at least partially dry out.

This may seem minor, but there were no designated smoking areas, and this
made life difficult as my wife had a severe reaction to smoke. Dive
briefings were difficult as there was always a tourist smoking close by.
The dining area had the same problem; no matter where we sat there was
always a tourist smoking. The Americans were the worst, Russians were the
most considerate.

Spa facilities were beautiful, but the air conditioner broke and it took 2+
days to fix.  Offers were made to do the massage in the rooms, but the
rooms were not really large enough for that.

The bus and boat transfer were an adventure and it was interesting to see
the countryside. 

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