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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Dumaguete

Atlantis Dive Resorts, Apr, 2013,

by Larry Eggert, UT, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 7368.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Great diving and staff at both the resort and liveaboard. 2 days at the resort featured typical south Pacific beautiful corals and tropical fish. 3 days were "muck diving" with limited visibility, but we saw at least 2 dozen ghost pipefish of every variety. We are usually opposed to fish feeding, but being only feet away from 3 whale sharks for 45 minutes was an experience of a lifetime. The whale sharks are free to leave anytime, and usually leave at noon to go hunting as they only get a few shrimp every few minutes for showing up. Manila airport requires transfer after collecting your bags in a taxi from International to Domestic terminal through a very scary area of town and takes up to an hour, then you have to go back through security again. If you do it, use the Atlantis escort service. If you can fly into Cebu rather than Manila, do it. All domestic flights ran at least an hour late-allow generous time for connections.
Websites Atlantis Dive Resorts   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Palau, Truk, Hawaii, Indonesia, all over Caribbean, Galapagos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 100- Ft/ 30- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Under 100 ft
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Ghost pipefish everywhere at Dumaguete. About 7 whale sharks come in for fishermen's leftovers at an optional day excursion to Cebu. Also dove the Atlantis liveaboard at Tubbataha Reef with gorgeous walls, pygmy seahorses and huge baitballs.
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By Robert M Ayersin CA, US at Jun 27, 2014 15:59 EST  
(This info two years old) If you fly in to Manila on Philippine Air (and not United or other intl) you end up at the same terminal that the domestic flights to Cebu use. An advantage.
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