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Dive Review of Atlantis resort/Atlantis Beach Resort in
Philippines/Puerto Gallera

Atlantis resort/Atlantis Beach Resort, May, 2008,

by Daniel O. Benson, OR, United States (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 4063.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomans, Carribean, Hawaii, Sipidan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No dives over 1 hour. No dives deeper than 60', Be at the safety stop w/750 psi, no solo diving, no buddy diving away from divemaster's sight.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments We were with a group of photographers, and so the camera room was a little cramped. Some had to set their gear up elsewhere.
No rinse tanks on the boats.
OUTSTANDING subject material including: frog fish, wunderpus, pipe fish of all types, tons of nudibranchs, etc.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Pros:
In my opinion this is one of the best dive sites in the world. Lots of very unusual stuff. Resort was very nice.
Cons:
This is the land of No's. No solo diving. No diving away from the group. No dives longer than 1 hour. No shore diving, no diving after 750 psi at your rest stop, no unsupervised night dives. Way too much baby sitting for me! The divemaster was a nervous wreck trying to keep track of everyone.
In defense, there can be ripping currents which can separate divers.
There are LOTS of other dive operations on Puerto Gallera, and I would check into them.
Quite a treck getting to the resort. 2+ hours van ride from Manila over bumps roads then 1 hour boat ride.
Tip:
1. bring a reef hook
2. get the massage ($20.00 at the resort for 1 hour, and $10.00 down the street!)
3. Get nitrox. I tried air for 1 day, but was bumping against NDL on the third dive.
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