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Dive Review of Atlantis Azores in
Philippines/Tubbataha

Atlantis Azores, May, 2014,

by Mel Cundiff, CO, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 7688.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving On all the best coral reefs in the world.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes, maximum
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments [None] ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments Tubbataha Reefs, Palawan Province Philippines
Atlantis Azores Live-Aboard May 17-24, 2014

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the middle of the Sulu Sea, has become a recent go-to diving destination in the Philippines. Being 100 miles off shore, rough waters and bad weather prevent diving there except from March to June. It is comprised of two atolls that barely break the surface at low tide, so there are no protected mooring sites for boats at night. Closest airport access is from Puerto Princesa, and the boat journey from there on smooth waters takes 12 hours. Because of bad weather this last March 2014, charters were confined to port, and when they finally made an effort to venture out, multiple hours were added on to the trip. In some cases waves were breaking over the bows of the boats and only three and one-half days of diving were available for oneweek charters. In May I was on the Atlantis Azores (http://www.atlantishotel.com), a 107x18 deep hull metal craft, and the water was glassy smooth. We had 16 divers representing six countries and dove from two zodiacs, each taking 8 of us. We were able to do five dives a day including a dusk dive and were free to dive our own profile except that we were asked to surface after 60 minutes. The average visibility was 80 feet and ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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