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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts/Atlantis Azores liveaboard in
Philippines/Tubbataha & Puerto Galera

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Stephen Tillinghast, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 5785
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Grand Cayman, Honduras, Cozumel, Sea of Cortez, San Juan Islands,
Komodo Island area, Grand Turk, Bahamas, Socal
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
begin to surface w/700 PSi    100ft. max  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
3 stars    
Tubbataha Reef area was way overrated. It was very expensive & the ship
was not quite ready for the 1st class experience promised.

Below decks beds were box springs only for many thousands of dollars for
the week! The captains quarters were double booked. Somebody was not happy.
The food was terrible, but billed as gourmet fare. We're not demanding or
snobby, but to be served dry wonderbread-like toast & jelly for
breakfast was ridiculous considering the price. 

The dive operations end of the ship were outstanding w/ brand new
everything & pleasant guides.

Given the disappointing condition of the reefs, billed as "some of the
best in the world", don't waste a lot of money to get here. It simply
isn't worth it. Go for Indonesia instead where sea life makes this spot
pale in comparrison.

Puerto Galera, in contrast, was lovely. El Galleon was a great place to
stay & Asia Divers was superb. The kitchen there was great with all
sorts of fare.There was a huge plankton bloom while we were there, but if
the vis had been as it usually is, the sites would be very nice.

Atlantis Resort was closer into town & seemed really cheesy. Think
Flintstones style rooms w/ lots of fake decorations.
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