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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Dumaguete/Apo Island

Atlantis Dive Resorts: "Valet Liveaboard Service at a Land Resort", Aug, 2019,

by Melissa Schlenker, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 11074 has 2 Helpful votes.

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Turtle at Apo Island Dive Room Dive Board Tank Filling Station
Giant Green Frog Fish Sea Horse Painted Frog Fish

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments As I mentioned in the title, this was truly a liveaboard valet service at a land base resort. The entire staff at the Atlantis resort was very accommodating and had a happy, can do attitude. Our journey began from DFW to Hong Kong. We were planning on staying in HKG for 4 days but due to the riots, we ended up staying overnight and catching an early morning flight to Manila to extend our dive trip in Dumaguete. From Manila we flew to Dumaguete and a couple of Atlantis staff members met us at the airport. Right away the valet service began, beginning with them taking our bags to the van. The ride to the resort was only about 30-45mins from the airport. The dive center was very well organized. They assigned you a cubby hole for whatever you wanted to put in there. Had dunk tanks for masks, fins and wetsuits and one for cameras and computers. Fresh water showers were available and an area to analyze your nitrox tanks. If you were diving nitrox they would prefer that you always had your tanks analyzed and ready for them to load up on the boat for your next few dives. They have a board which list the dive groups, sites and DM that you were going to be diving with. We ended up with the same DM for the whole week, Genie. It was nice to have the same DM all week because he already knew what we've seen and what divesites we had dove so far. We did have a few different DMs earlier in the week and they were all amazing!! They could spot macro critters from a mile away, incredible! The camera room was spacious and had 220v and 110v plugs, Most of the divesites were about 2-7mins away and not far from the shore, so all surface intervals were done back at the resort which was nice because they usually had snacks and whatever you wanted to drink, as well as a restroom specifically for divers. Most of the diving is muck diving and the marine life was incredible! We saw many frog fish, different colors of clown fish, flamboyant cuttle fish, peacock mantis shrimp, and many different kinds of pipefish and the list goes on and on. I've never been muck diving so for me, this was spectacular!!! Apo Island was a special treat. The coral and wall there were the most pristine that I had ever seen. We saw sleeping turtle that didn't mind divers at all, banded sea snakes, frog fish and many, many small fish, we even saw clams. Every safety stop on this dive trip was filled with either amazing coral at Apo or amazing small sea creatures in the muck areas, by the time you knew it your 3mins was complete. The resort arranged a trip to Oslob to snorkel with the whale sharks. It started with an early morning trek to take the ferry to Oslob, once in Oslob a drive to the resort where we boarded a boat and rode out to the whale sharks. The experience was amazing and I highly recommend it. My trip to the Philippines was so incredible that I'm already going back next year but this time to do their liveaboard, Azores and do the Tubbataha itinerary.
Websites Atlantis Dive Resorts   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Maui, Little and Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Palau, Yap, Dominica, Provo, Isla Mujeres, Cabo, Roatan, Bonaire, Belize, Fiji, Bahamas, Costa Rica and Philippines
Closest Airport Dumaguete Airport Getting There Hong Kong to Manila to Dumaguete

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Everyone had to surface at the same time, as a group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
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