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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resort in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

Atlantis Dive Resort, Mar, 2006,

by Bill Knoblauch, CA, United States . Report 2360.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Layang Layang, Ulithi, Chuuk, Yap, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 76 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 6
Water Visibility 25 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth was watched, were required to pretty stick together as a group, which was good as currents did come up unexpectedly, plus vis was not the best.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Atlantis has a very nice photo/computer room with adaptors for 110 volts. Also have computers available. Photo processing at Fuji is about a 5 minute walk from the resort. They have nice rinse tanks at the dive shop.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my third trip to Atlantis Dive Resort. I really love this place. The staff is wonderful, and the diving is very good. However this trip, the vis was the worse I've seen, but still very acceptable. For those who like macro photography, this is the place. Dive guides are attentive and helpful, but if you want them to leave you alone, let them know, but please, stay within sight of your group underwater. Largest group that goes out is eight divers with one dive guide. The dive boat is always nearby. The farthest dive site is about 15 minutes away.

We were in a group of 15, so we had to eat our meals buffet style. I don't like buffet meals one bit, but understand that it would be difficult to serve meals otherwise. Small groups can order off the menu, plus if one desires something special (not on the buffet table), one needs only to ask.

I've been told that the "50-Bar" and the restaurant will be operated by the Resort starting around this summer. Will be interested in seeing how this turns out. Guess I'll just have to go back to check it out.
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