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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

Atlantis Dive Resorts, Dec, 2011,

by Jeanne Downey, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 39 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 6395.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Bahamas, Malaysia, Indonesia, Socorro, British Columbia, Galapagos, Cocos, Tahiti, Australia, Micronesia, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 50 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments No rinse bucket on boat, but large rinse tank on shore. Cameras were set in the bow, then handed into the water.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We spent 4 nights at Atlantis Puerto Galera in December. The rooms rise up the hillside, getting fancier as they get higher, so if you forget something in your room, you could have a nice stairmaster work-out. Our room was up three levels, with queen and single beds. The bathroom was open to the main room, but the commode was in a separate room with a door. Lots of shelves on either side of the sink, and plenty of hot water. Quiet AC; those staying up at the top mentioned hearing roosters. My only complaint was that the room was dark--there weren't many lights. Opening the blinds helped some.

The dining/bar area was open and all under cover. They have buffet breakfast and lunches if there's a crowd, otherwise they use menus. When we first arrived, there was a large group there, so we got to choose our own stirfry ingredients from the buffet, with lots of veggies, beef, chicken, or fish, and different sauces; then the cooks took over, and we had a delicious meals a couple minutes later. When the large group left and we ordered off the menu, there were still several choices. My food allergy issues were no problem.

We were there to dive, and the dive operation is well run. The gear storage area is crowded when there's a full complement of divers, with each diver having a small cubby hall, with rods for hanging BCs and wetsuits. There's one hot shower and four rinse tanks for various pieces of equipment, including cameras. Our gear was set up each morning in the large shop area, Nitrox checked, and loaded into either a speed boat or a Banka, which we then waded out to. Gear was left on the boat between dives, and staff changed the tanks after we checked the Nitrox. Shore diving is not permitted due to boat traffic. The shortest dive site was 30 seconds away, the longest about 10 minutes. There was a lot of rain, supposedly unusual for that time of year; one day in particular we ended up doing three "dusk" dives, with very poor visibility above eight feet, then clearing, but dark below. It didn't keep us from enjoying the dives, which ranged from muck to wrecks to reefs. The diving is primarily small fish and critters.including some of the stranger ones, similar to what you'll find at Lembeh.

There's a small pool on site, as well as a spa that offers a variety of services.

Atlantis is fairly easy to get to; we were met at the airport (prearranged at an extra cost), transported by bus for a couple hours, then by ferry boat for another hour. Staff lugged our luggage a few minutes to the resort. We enjoyed our stay, but don't consider it the very best diving; we're definitely jaded after 40 years. Those with less experience will love it.
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