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April, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Patricia A. Sinclair, LA, US
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Report Number 7407
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Rotan, Jamaica, Grand Bahama Island, North Bimini, Curacao, Bonaire, Little
Cayman, Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman St. Eustatius, Florida Keys, Miami, Fl
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
usually limited to an hour per dive, since we were doing 4 to 5 dives a
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 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
3 stars
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While there was not any type of storage for cameras on the pangas, the
camera room at the resort was fabulous./  ...
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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4 stars   
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April 28, 2013 to 5/5/2013

Saturday afternoon, Atlantis Resort  Dumaguete
We check in, our luggage is taken to our rooms, we get lunch and they bring
us our room keys during the meal.  There is only one key per room.  So you
are constantly making arrangements with your roommate as to how to handle
when she or I are at the spa, or diving when the other isnt in the same
place at the same time and wants to go to the room.  With work and constant
communication we made it work out fairly well.  I was tired from the travel
and hot, so I opted for a nap and most everyone else goes out on a boat
dive.  A people few opted for the bar, these were the diehard drinkers, and
you know there are always a few in every group.

Sunday morning, we are up early, get breakfast and meet our DM for the
week.  Mine was a little guy named Genie  he was so funny and had eyes
that found the littlest critters and he was just the nicest person.  He
gives us a rundown of where our gear goes, there are slots for each diver
and what our diver number is, when to analyze tanks and how many and when
the briefings are for each dive.  We can do up to 5 dives a day, 2 morning,
2 afternoon and 1 night dive.  So, I plan on doing 22 dives this week as
the goal.  

As I learned, other than trips to the two islands in the distance, all
diving is pretty much small reef and muck diving in Dumaguete.  At the
islands you get walls and reef, no muck diving.  We did two island trips,
Apo Island and Sijiour Island.  On the island trips you only do 3 dives,
and you are served snacks between dives and lunch on the boat.  At Apo
Island, there are shops to visit on the SI and if you look at the rocks,
you can see a date carved into the rock.  That year is when the first plane
came to that island.  
Now they have a couple of hundred inhabitants and some even have
electricity.  They are very happy with their lives there, and as calm and
peaceful (no rushing to work, to the store, to hither and yon) as it is, I
totally understand their feelings.  Sijiour Island has even fewer
inhabitants and no shops.  

I did do 2 ...
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