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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resort in
Philippines/Puerta Galera

Atlantis Dive Resort, Oct, 2002,

by Giles Charlton-Jones, BWI, Cayman Islands . Report 249.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cayman, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, Red Sea, Honduras, Mexico....
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All dives were guided with max depths given according to the site (from 100ft to 15ft). When busy (esp. weekends) dive times were limited to around 50 mins.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Great macro photography, quite a few frogfish, plenty of Nudibranchs, interesting shrimp but not as numerous as expected. The pygmy seahorses were not playing while we were there, no sightings but we were assured that they are normally around. Very short boat rides (5-10 mins) but no camera buckets or safe area, although the boatmen were very good at taking care of and handling cameras. Large camera/regulator rinse tank at the shop but is was not policed very well. Frequently saw people dunking wetsuits, bcd's and even a weightbelt once! I'm sure that after a few comments have been made this will change!

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Great service, great accomodations and great dive-staff. Very enthusiastic guides/instructors, even when doing 5 dives a day. Some of the guides were new to the area and not especially knowledgeable about a few of the creatures on our hit-list of things to see, but they are learning!
Strong tidal currents at varying times of the day and although unpredictable in some areas the guides mostly had it spot-on. At slack tides in many areas current was absent or negligeable.
Underwater photographers that want the longest dive times should take a safety balloon and reel.
Overall a superb resort with everything on-site. The rooms are clean, comfortable and well appointed and the restaurant is first class.
Cannot recommend the staff highly enough.
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