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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts/Atlantis Azores Liveaboard in
Philippines/Tubbataha Reef

April, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by David E Reubush, VA, US
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Report Number 6960
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Galapagos, Indonesia
(Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Lembeh), Philippines, Red Sea,
SouthernBahamas, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
85   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes, stay with divemaster  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Comments
Large camera table to work at, but it was out on the dive deck.  Reason
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Food
4 stars
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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Beginners
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Comments  
This was a trip with Duane Silverstein of Seacology to dive as well as
visit a Seacology village site where Seacology was providing solar power
systems in exchange for reef preservation.

Tubbataha Reef is in the Sulu Sea and has been in the news a lot lately. 
First, a US Navy ship ran aground a short time ago and very recently a
Chinese "fishing" vessel ran aground within sight of the ranger
station.  The Chinese were actually smuggling endangered Philippine
anteaters for the Chinese "medicinal" market.  The Chinese boat
was still there when we passed by.  The Navy ship was gone and we were not
allowed to dive in the area of its grounding so it was impossible to judge
how bad either event impacted the reef.

Atlantis Azores is a former Aggressor boat that has recently been totally
refitted and is in great shape.  Everything worked and the c
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