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Dive Review of Atlantis Beach Resort in
Philippines/Dumaguete (Negros)

Atlantis Beach Resort, Mar, 2007,

by Michael N. Hofman, CA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 3273.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments After reading the glowing review in Undercurrent about the two dive locations of Atlantis Beach Resort, we decided to give it a try. For the most part it was an enjoyable trip; certain components of the dive operation were surprising and made the diving a little awkward and cumbersome.
The resort is great -- rooms wonderful, food and service way above average.
The dive operation is set up very well, with labels for all the gear so that staff can move them to the boat or shore location easily and keep track of them.
THe dive operation is managed by the German fellow who is a little too controlling for our taste....The local dive guides/masters were excellent but not able to deliver the type of service that makes sense...After several dives that the dive master gave the "thumbs - up" (dive over) at around 50 minutes, I complained about why. Turns out that the dive boat may carry anywhere from 5 to 20 divers and the gentleman in charge doesn't want his schedule disrupted. Things loosened up a little after several of us complained -- there were actually several 65 minute dives..
Nonetheless, much of the diving was interesting with many small things to see -- my first black frog fish (4 of them), many cuttle fish (including my first flamboyant cuttle fish), sea horses, tons of nudibranchs, dwarf frog fish, octopus and so on. Actually saw schools of small jacks and other small schools in the preserves which start and stop with a great deal of frequency along the beach. So the diving was better than I thought it would be, the resort (especially the food) was top notch and the once we negotiated on dive times, diving was very good.
We did two day trips which were interesting but slightly over rated. If you can them to go to the coconut factory wharf, do it as there is incredible assortment of life there. And the house reef has a mandarian fish population too!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Caribbean, Thailand, PNG, Bali, Hawaii, other Indonesia, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions very stringent restrictions on diving for first part of the trip -- no more than 50 -55 minutes. After some conversations, the restrictions loosened up a bit.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 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 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments one separate wash tank in the dive shop but no other facilities
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