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

Atlantis Dive Resorts/Atlantis Dumaguete: "Great Trip!", Sep, 2014,

by Dorothy McDonald, OH, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 7963.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This trip was organized and led by Dave Hass and booked through Deep Blue Adventures. Both did an excellent job making sure that everything ran as smoothly as possible for everyone in the group. The staff at Dumaguete was friendly and helpful and very well trained - just what we've come to expect from Atlantis Resorts. And the diving is extremely well organized. People are put into small groups (4 - 6) so that you know who you'll be diving with (other divers and guide) all week. There is a board listing what time, which boat, and what location your group will be diving. We could make up to 5 boat dives a day, but if you want to sit out a dive for any reason that is OK. This truly is like live aboard diving, but from land. Everyone had a cubby in the dive building to store things they didn't need while on the boat - and to put dive things when you returned from diving. Next to the cubby is a place to hang your wet suit, BC, regs, etc. Our group was here for muck diving - we wanted to see unique little critters and we saw plenty - thanks to Wing our guide who pointed them out to us. Sometimes a larger fish (wahoo) would cruise past, but we rarely noticed. On a couple of days we did go on longer boat rides to nearby Apo Island where there was great reef diving (great corals and lots of turtles). It was nice to be able to have that choice for some variety. Those were day trips and the resort chef prepared a variety of delicious food that the crew set up as a buffet on the boat at lunch time. For the most part there was little or no current and decent to great visibility, but there always has to be a dive or two where there is an exception and that was no different here. I wore a 3 mil wet suit with a 3 mil farmer john and was comfortable the week of diving. Unless you are on a day trip to another island, the boats usually return to the resort between dives. The day before our group was to leave the resort arranged for us to go to Cebu island to snorkel with whale sharks that are always there. What a great way to spend the day before flying!
Websites Atlantis Dive Resorts   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, South Pacific, Asia
Closest Airport Getting There Flew from Detroit to Manila (with a short stop in Japan). Spent night in Manila and flew to Dumaguete the next morning. A very long trip but worth it!

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 76-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We were asked to keep our guide within site and to come up when he did - dives were usually an hour. Our group used Nitrox which divers were encouraged to use. There is a small additional fee for Nitrox.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Cameras were put on tables or the floor while on boats. The crew were very helpful and careful with camera gear. There is a large, well equipped camera room at the resort with plenty of well-lit room for working on cameras, charging batteries, storing gear, etc.
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