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Dive Review of Club Atlantis in
Philippines/Dumageutte

Club Atlantis, Jun, 2007,

by allan jones, ca, usa . Report 3390.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indian Ocean, Pacific, Carribean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 35 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Mandatory check out dive with out camera
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Good camera handling by all staff.
Rubber liner camera rinse tank.
Provided replacement HP hose.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We spent 10 days diving at Club Atlantis, Dumageutte.

It was a good trip with average diving (we are normally live aboard divers in PNG - Raja Ampat).

It was good from the stand point that this was our first time in the water with our new digital rigs - Subal/D200/Inon and the diving allowed us to concentrate on the 'learning' aspect as opposed to hunting for critters.

The resort is very well maintained with about 38 rooms. Each had a TV, A/C and mini bar. There was a very nice fresh water pool and beach front bar and dining. The dive shack had some of the best custom made rinse sinks for gear - separate units for suits, B/C, booties, etc. A separate camera tank was foam rubber lined - a nice touch! Storage cubicles are assigned to each diver and there are ample hangers for suits. You take your camera to your room each night. The dive shack is locked each night and the grounds are patrolled by security.

There are four dives offered each day- extra charge for night dives. Every one does a check out dive, with out camera. Diving is done from several wooden boats holding a maximum of 14 divers. We lucked out and were there between groups and had only 6-8 divers in the resort. You enter with a back roll and are handed your camera. The exiting procedure was to slip off your rig and the boat crew pulled it up. You then climbed a good ladder.

Most of the diving is a mild muck variety from the boats along the shore. Depths averaged from 10 to 85 ft.; water was a consistent 84* with vis about 30 - 50 ft. With the low number in the lodge, my wife and I had a guide assigned just to us. On 2 days we were able to dive a commercial pier with good critter life. All of this was 60 mm macro.

A 45 minute boat ride away was Apo Island where there were walls and hard corals. Most colors here were crinoids with very few soft corals or sponges. Here, we tried out our new Nikon 16 mm fish eye and 10.5 mm lens. A nice lunch was provided and we did 3 dives here for the day.

While we thought the diving was mild, we did see 3 new critters for the first time: white ornate pipe fish, Chlamydatus moray eel and a saw blade shrimp.

The dining and food were the best we have had in 29 years of diving. Since the attendance was low everything was cooked to your order. At our request, chili mud crab was secured in the market and prepared for us.

We flew Philippine Air from Los Angeles to Manila and then Air Philippine from the domestic area. Note Air Philippine does not charge for excess baggage! On our return we had to fly Air Cebu back to Manila and they do charge for baggage over 40 lbs/person and it landed at a different airport requiring a short taxi ride. Departing Manila required 5 separate security inspections and they were very thorough!

We booked through Dive Discovery, San Carlos, CA who in turn used Teresa Montilla, jun_monty2004 @yahoo.com in Manila for local tickets and transfer assistance. She is extremely efficient.
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