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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Mindoro and Negros

Atlantis Dive Resorts: "Long travel, interesting dives, a good overall experience", Apr, 2015,

by Everette Strahl, WI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8663 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Both Atlantis resorts were top notch. The food was excellent, the resort staff was genuinely friendly and helpful. The dive operations were also top notch and safety oriented. The Atlantis resort in Puerto Galera was fine but the overall vibe of Puerto Galera had much more of a party atmosphere, while the resort in Dumaguete had a quiet elegance to it and definitely more remote.

Overall the diving was quite good (Puerto Galera slightly better), especially if you are a photographer, which I am not. The majority of the diving was 'muck' diving. We did enjoy some good coral dives on Verde Island and Apo Island. The rest was all about small unique creatures. I got genuinely perturbed with the photographers hogging the shots. I wish dive operations would offer no camera dives for us folks who just enjoy the experience of diving and would rather collect the memories in our heads. But I fear that opinion is 'swimming upstream' in today's Go Pro world. The dive operations in both resorts were well run and safety oriented. I would consider this to be 'valet' type diving. Our gear was set up and schlepped to the small dive boats and then schlepped back after the day of diving by staff.

The travel portions all went according to plan. We were met by resort staff and guided through the most challenging portions of our arrival and in country travel. That said, it is a long haul to get to the Philippines from the Mid-West. Be prepared to be tired for the first couple of days.

This is definitely a two week trip. One needs to allow for 2 days on either end for travel as well as 4 or 5 days at each resort to genuinely appreciate the experience.
Websites Atlantis Dive Resorts   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, all over the Caribbean, Maldives
Closest Airport Manilla and Dumaguette Getting There planes, vans and boats

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-80 Ft/ 6-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All the divers in my group were experienced. Depths and minimum psi requirements were repeated for every dive during briefings, but in practice were more guidelines than strictly enforced. Again, this could because of the overall experience level of my group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
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