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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

September, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Rose Mueller , TX, US
Contributor   (16 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"What was is no more"
Report Number 8374
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Most places it's warm
Closest Airport
Getting There
Houston, Chicago, Hong Kong,

Dive Conditions

choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 35    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depths, times and placements enforced for some, usually the least
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
2 stars
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Shore Facilities  
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The resort has a very nice room for camera storage and care.  There is even
a compressor.   ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Dive Operation
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Shore Diving  
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1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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5 stars   
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This was our 4th visit to an Atlantis Resort; the 3rd to Puerto Galera. 
The manager, Steve, began his job 8 months ago and said that he's NEVER had
a complaint.  We had the dubious honor of being his first!  It began on a
sour note with a "check out" dive on the sa
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By Maria Chapman in TX, US at Sep 29, 2015 12:55 EST  
So sorry your experience was so bad, especially after the good service you
had at the same place before.  Us divers must start setting our bars much
higher and in accordance with the $$$ spent and the long times it takes to
get to Philippines/Indonesia/South Pacific etc.  The more we keep going to
receive bad service, the more motivated resorts and liveabords will be to
try hard to earn our business.
By Melando Agudo in CT, US at Oct 09, 2015 01:17 EST  
Dear Rose, It seemed like you had a bad experience on your 4th trip to the
Philippines. We are very concerned to hear that the fish are looking
diseased, if you could give us some information on that we can look into
it. You are correct about the kidnapping but this happened in Mindanao and
I think most governments have warnings about visiting this area. I would
also like to clarify for you that there is no Mosque being built across
from Puerto Galera. Its is going to be a statue of the 'Mother of Mary' You
can find more on the subject here 

Lets hope that you will give the Philippines another chance on another day.
I'm sure that everything cannot go wrong for you again and you would enjoy
it like your first 3 trips.
By David Haas in OH, US at Oct 10, 2015 11:13 EST  
While I can't know all factors on the loser's experience it isn't like mine
going there for multiple trips. Myself and dive buddies always get 60
minutes in slow groups and great resort service. FYI _ the Mosque comment
is ridiculous as 85%+ of the country is Catholic and safer that American
As to the jumping back in I suspect there might have ben currents etc as
the guides routinely have a few thousand dives in their backyard and would
likely have retrieved their light faster and safer.
By David Haas in OH, US at Oct 10, 2015 11:19 EST  
While I can't know all that went on my experience at both Atlantis
locations was quite the opposite. 60 minute dives slowly led, plenty of
marine life and food and hotel service that is great.
As far as the Mosque and kidnapping comments that's ridiculous fear
mongering. The country is 85%+ Catholic and safer than 90% of America
Finally as to jumping back in I suspect the guides who all have a few
thousand dives in there locale and know currents etc. could have easily
retrieved it faster and safer.
I've been to Australia, PNG and many Pacific locals but return regularly to
the Philippines for great diving at a great valued price.
By David Haas in OH, US at Oct 10, 2015 11:26 EST  
Apologies for the first post and typo mis-spellings. But I don't agree at
all with this review nor the October Undercurrent comments on Atlantis
I also have found number of dives is meaningless. Good resorts all do a
warm up dive especially after guests have done long travel, likely are
tired etc.and this is a good practice IMHO. It also allows the guides to
observe the experience level of each diver.
Just one guy's 2 cents.....
By Rose Mueller in TX, US at Oct 10, 2015 13:58 EST  
I'm surprised you'd resort to name calling.  I am entitled to give an
honest critique of my experience.  I asked 12 local people about whether
the structure was a mosque and was told it was.  I made the assumption they
knew what they were talking about.  Obviously, I was wrong.  As for the
dive light.  The dive master found the light; we aided in the search.  The
dive master was reprimanded along with us upon our return for having taken
the time to find it.  There is a schedule after all.  Even if we do not
agree, we do not break the rules of a given resort.  As for "fear
mongering" there were 4 people kidnapped from a dive resort in the
southern islands.  I have never been to a hotel in the US where the
undercarriage of a vehicle was checked for bombs.  It was in Manila at our
hotel.  I did give the resort a 5 star for inexperienced divers.
By David Haas in OH, US at Oct 10, 2015 14:24 EST  
Rose, no intent to debate your comments if you found the manager a bit
restrictive.I and the recent 86 reviews have found Atlantis a well run
resort is all. Plenty of marine life to see also but no, it isn't a Manta /
shark haven. The security concerns you saw in Manila are present in lots of
places these days is all. The dive schedule you mention is the norm but
I've never see any guest reprimanded as usually it's their boat / guide for
the stay. But if you want to do 5 dives for approximately 60 minutes
including safety stop and get safe surface intervals they have a pretty
efficient system is all I meant. For high western standards in service,
food and efficiency plus the wonderful Philippine people I just thought
your review made it sound very bad. Too each his own....
By David Haas in OH, US at Oct 10, 2015 14:27 EST  
PS - My first comment didn't mean to be typed Loser. It was user but
somehow got posted. Which is why I re-posted. If that's what you're
referring to name calling I apologize for and as you say each Undercurrent
subscriber is entitled to share they own experiences and opinion.
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