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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Downey, PA, US
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Report Number 6395
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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

rainy, cloudy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
50 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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  
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
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

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
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