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Dive Review of Atlantis Resorts in

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Mona Cousens, CA, USA
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Indonesia, Thailand, Fiji, Solomons, all Caribbean, Galapagos, Mexico,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth, time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
My husband and I went to Philippines in December 08.   We stayed
with Atlantis Resorts Dumaguete and Puerto Galera.
The resort in Dumaguete is nice,  secluded and comfortable.  They
 have four rooms on the water with others in the garden
 setting away from the beach. The garden rooms are larger and newer so many
people preferred these to the older beachfront rooms.
There is a lovely tropical pool area with lounge chairs.
The food was excellent with 5 different daily entrees to
 choose from for lunch and dinner.
 The breakfast menu was the same everyday with different items
 to choose from.  All cooked to order.  No buffet here.
 The diving is done from basic boats which hold 4-8 divers.  When they did
have over 8 divers they provided additional guides so
 that the groups remained small.
 The staff takes your gear out to your boat, you wade out , get on
 and away you go.   The dive sites are all within a 5-10 minute boat
 ride.  You come back after every dive.
 The water temperature was warmer than they have ever seen it for this
 time of year.   I took a 5mm which I could not wear.  The water was
 80-82 degrees!
 Mostly we dove muck dives around the resort.  Sites like Cars
 and Sahara were decent for finding muck critters.   The house reef is
 available for those who want to do it on their own but was not our
 favorite. It is just a bunch of tires which make up the man made 
 The world class dive that everyone talks about at this location is the
 Pier.   This is an excellent dive but is not always available as it
 has to be coordinated with the arrival of working ships
 delivering goods to the locals.   One dive on the pier will show
 you:  flamboyant cuttlefish,  pair of giant frogfish,
 batfish,  devilfish,  ghost pipefish, etc.  You are busy the whole
 time .   We were thus saddened to hear that the
 pier had 5 of the pilings stripped recently and the pier owner has
 plans to strip them all.
 Our divemaster told us the resort has convinced the pier owner to stop
 stripping the pilings for the near future but they may change their
 mind at any time.   If the pier is lost,  I really cant recommend this
 destination as a world class dive area.
 We also dove  Apo Island  twice during our stay. This was included
 in our dive package.   The boat leaves 30 minutes earlier than usual
 as the crossing is about 45 minutes. You take a polynisian outrigger,
 not the best boat for diving.  Hard to get on and off.  You stay out
 for three dives with lunchtime spent on the boat close to the island
 near the little town area.  All the ladies will come out and wave the
 teeshirts around so you can do some shopping !   I enjoyed my
 dives at Apo.  It is quite pretty.  The reefs were in
 good shape  but sadly  not many fish out there.  We saw several
 sea snakes,  some frog fish and one area called Clownfish City which
 was stunning.  The dives were mostly drifts.
 We then went to Puerto Galera which I did not like at all.   The
 transfer between the two resorts is 8 hours.  Ours was nine as our
 flight from Dumaguete to Manila was delayed an hour.
 The resort did not offer us a box lunch during the transfer.  We had
 breakfast in Dumaguete at 6am,  left for the airport at 7am.  A 
 one hour flight to Manila,  boarded our van in Manila at 11:30 am and
 arrived at the resort at 4pm.   We were very hungry by then.  They
 made a stop enroute at  Starbucks so we had a piece of coffeecake and
 a drink.
 The resort literature says it is a 2 to 2.5 hour transfer from
 Manila.  Not true.  When we left the resort on our return it was a 4.5
 hour trip back to Manila.

 In all  fairness,  I must say I got sick with a sinus infection and
 did not do one dive here so my opinions do not include the diving.
 The divers we were with liked the diving here better than Dumuguete
 and did see some remarkable things.

 For me,  I did not care for the town and the busy diving atmosphere.
 I could see 10 dive operators from our room above the water as they
 are lined up all along the beach.  All of these operators dive
 the same sites so they can get crowded.
 I did'nt  like the mass of people everywhere, the beggars,  the busy
 resort with masses of  tourists and the dive board with over 50 names.
 Most of all I hated to see the old men with the 16 year old girls.
 This was evident everywhere you looked.  In the restaurants, bars,
 throughout the town (not just in the girlie bars) and in the hotels.
 We even had one of these couples in the room next to us. The guy was
 60 and she was 16-18.  She would sit on his lap at the restaurant at night
in our hotel when we were eating.   I did learn
 this is acceptable in the Philippines to have an openness to pedophilia
 and although I feel prostitution should be legal,  I do not want to
 witness this activity so vividly apparent.
 PG is a known area for this type of behavior and I think it should be
 helpful to know about this in advance.
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