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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resort Puerto Galera in
Philippines/Mindoro

Atlantis Dive Resort Puerto Galera, Sep, 2006,

by Joel Snyder, AZ, USA (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 3009.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Greater Caribbean, South Pacific, Hawaii, Latin America
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 79 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 10 to 25 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Must dive with divemaster (all dives are 'drift' dives)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments A separate room was available for photographers with digital facilities for viewing, transferring, etc., plus Internet if you wanted to upload.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments A very friendly, high-service quality resort. Everyone made a serious effort to learn your name and was very helpful at all times. Dives were 4x a day via 5-10-minute boat ride. Currents varied from "none" to "Whoa..." Folks were relaxed and the quality of the dives was very good. Limits on bottom time of 50 to 60 per dive were not too bad given that we were doing 4 dives a day. Rental gear no problem, but no computers. I rented a wet suit, but the water was so warm that I didn't use it after the first dive. During high season, this would be quite a zoo, but in Sept/Oct, it's really a great location and # of divers was not a problem. Puerto Galera is one of two resorts owned by Atlantis. This one was 2.5 hrs by minivan + 50 minutes by boat from central Manila (arranged by resort with great efficiency!); if you are going to go direct to resort and not tour Manila, pick an overnight hotel near the airport as you have to drive past airport to get south to Puerto Galera/Mindoro Island. Rooms are spare; ask for one of the 4 "executive rooms" if you want more space and a private/semi-private balcony. Be prepared for lots of stair climbing!
My rate included meals, but you could go a la carte since there are many restaurants within 5 minute walk of the resort if you wanted to explore.
Diving was typical of S. Pacific with lots of lionfish, frogfish, clownfish, many many soft corals. Few hard corals; lots of reef fish (smaller size). Few pelagics at the sites we visited. Great for video & photo macro. Incredible nudibranch collection everywhere. Facilities for tech divers/rebreathers no problem---He/O2 easily available and expert instruction if you wanted it.
Currents (surge really) could be tough for beginners on some dives.
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