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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resort - Dumaguete in
Philippines

Atlantis Dive Resort - Dumaguete, Dec, 2003,

by William Deertz, Jakarta, Indonesia . Report 878.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bali, Komodo, Manado, Alor, Wakatobi, Australia, Saipan, Thailand, Florida Keys, Maldives
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Normal safe diving restrictions, bottom time generally limited to 60 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Avid u/w videographer/stills however I didn't bring my equipment for this trip, but I didn't see much in terms of a dedicated camera room. Also the boats didn't really have any sort of camera table and a rinse tank was limited.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Coastal diving along Dauin, Oriental Negros was spotty at best. Limited hard corals with that which remained showing evidence of damage from fisherman dragging their traps over the reef. The black volcanic sand made visibility also spotty if the waves kicked up. Despite this there was a wide variety of small critters such as frog fish, pipefish, crocodile fish, etc.

The better diving was around Apo Island which is about a 45 minute boat ride from the resort. White coral sand resulted in consistently better visibility around Apo Island compared to the coastal dives. Soft corals were in abundance and generally in good health, hard corals were better than the coastal sites but still not prolific. Good variety of interesting critters but limited pelagics, no sharks, mantas, etc, but a few turtles.

Resort is very comfortable and the chef (Jake) at the resort can whip up some very good dishes. The resort is somewhat secluded (there are only a few resorts in the vicinity) so you can walk the beach without being hassled from hawkers. Overall a very pleasant trip but this was a family trip over X-mas with a few days of diving. If your passing through the area its definitely worth a visit, however, the diving quality doesn't justify this as a diving destination by itself (there are too many other better locations in the region).
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