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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Dussault, NH, US
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Report Number 6443
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Mexico, Pacific, Canada, Alaska, New Zealand 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth typically 70 - 90 feet 50 to 60 minutes dive time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
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
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
A lot of macro to photograph in the Philippines.  I purchased a 105mm lens
for this trip and got some awesome photos.  The camera rooms are very nice
with lots of 110/220 power, air conditioning, and compressed air.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Atlantis Puerto Galera

The operation at Atlantis is amazing in helping you set up your trip.  We
corresponded with Atlantis via email and were able to set up our entire
trip.  They sent all of the required dive documents to be completed prior
to our arrival which lessened the paperwork when we arrived.  When we
arrived in Manila at 11:00 PM in the evening there was a representative
from Atlantis to greet us.  The next morning another representative
providing transportation for Puerto Galera met us at our hotel for the 2
hour van ride and 1 hour boat ride to the resort.  

Upon arrival at Puerto Galera the staff from the Atlantis meets you the
dock.  After a few minutes walk to the resort you are greeted with a
beverage and a massage while the manager provides a brief explanation of
the resorts facilities.

Good diving - short boat ride from shore to dive sites.  Most boat rides
are 10-15 minutes.  If you are diving NITROX you analyze your cylinder and
the crew takes care of the rest.  There are unlimited NITROX packages for
the week.  Dive times are typically 50-60 minutes with a maximum depth of
100 feet.  Good macro photography opportunities abound.  There is a large
equipment room where your equipment is stored and hung to dry.  When you
come back from your dive there is an outside shower with hot water to rinse
and warm back up.

The Atlantis has a dedicated air conditioned room for cameras and charging.
 There are large dedicated camera rinse stations in the dive shop.  There
is 110V and 220V in the camera room.  There are no buckets for the cameras
on the boat but the rides are short.

The accommodations are nice and the food is good at the resort.  The saying
at the entrance is "You are arrive as guest and leave as a
friend".  Within a few hours all of the staff knows you by name. 
During your stay, all the staff is very friendly and helpful.  Be sure to
get an inexpensive massage at the end of a hard day of diving.  Meals are
served in an open air restaurant.  The daily menus are written on the
blackboard for each meal.  You could also order off the a la carte menu but
we always chose from the board.

On our second leg of our trip we returned to Manila via the same boat and
van ride to the airport to travel to the Atlantis Resort in Dumagette. 
Again there was a representative from Atlantis waiting at the airport to
guide us through the check in process.  The domestic airlines are very
strict on the weight for carry ons.  The gate attendant wanted me to check
my backpack of camera and computer equipment because it was too heavy but
the Atlantis representative was able explain to the attendant that it
couldnt be checked and thankfully got me through with my backpack. Be sure
to look into the purchasing in advance the over weight luggage pass.

The arrangements at Dumagette are similar to PG.  We were met at the
airport by Atlantis personnel who took care of gathering our luggage, and
we had a 30 minute Jeepny ride to the resort.  The resort is in a secluded
and quiet area.  Our dive package included two days of outer island diving.
 The first day we did an all day trip to Apo island for three dives.  There
are nice coral walls and dark volcanic sand.  They served us a gourmet
barbecue buffet lunch right on the boat.  Another day we did an all day
trip to Siquijor Island for three dives and another gourmet lunch on the
boat.  Dives from the resort are all within a 5-10 minute boat ride.  Lots
of nudibranchs and other small critters to photograph.  One dive we saw
three different octopuses.  One night we did the Mandarin fish dive which
was amazing.  
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