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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

Atlantis Dive Resorts: "Decent Service, Good Food, OK Accommodations", Jun, 2019,

by Rik Pavlescak, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 23 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 11321.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Getting to the resort including flying into Manila, spending a night at an airport hotel (The Belmont is a quick walk away) and getting picked up the following morning by van for a more than an hour drive to the dock. From there, it was a boat ride to Puerto Galera, and then about a 5-10 minute walk to the resort. Once we arrived, we were greeted with a head/neck massage, refreshments and given a full orientation.

Brief issue upon arrival with my room: I had paid a single supplement and was "upgraded" to a single suite which was a very tiny room with an ocean view, above the dive shop with very steep steps. I inquired with the trip coordinator about this--especially after having paid more, and was moved to "regular room" which had a queen size bed, decent bathroom area (separate shower, toilet, sink areas) along with a twin bed that I could use for my camera/equipment/luggage. The only challenge was the room was at the top of the property, which meant an 85 step climb every time I wanted to go to the room.

Next challenge was the photography room. It looked like a nice facility, but there was a photo workshop group happening at the same time as my visit and the room was packed. I found a spot for my camera and put it on the table and plugged in batteries and chargers. A few hours later I came back and nearly panicked thinking my camera had been stolen. Instead, it had been moved to a completely different area of the room--I have no idea by whom, but I took it as a hint not to use the camera room moving forward.

Diving was a pleasure. We had 1 dive guide to four of us and the set-up for analyzing nitrox tanks was convenient. Plenty of nudibranchs, blue ring octopus, coconut octopus, and frog fish to keep me happy. Boat crew was happy to have me hand up BCD with tank/weights prior to my scrambling up the ladder after each dive.

Food options each meal provided enough variety and the food was tasty. The layout of the resort is a bit awkward: the dive shop is directly on the beach with easy access to the boats. There is foot trafficked roadway that separates this from the rest of the resort, with the dining area adjacent to the road. So, at most meals we were greeted by locals attempting to make eye contact and sell us their wares--beads, hats, sunglasses, and other trinkets. While they stayed to the roadway only and did not come onto the resort property or the dive shop, we had to encounter them at each meal and before and after every dive.

One of our group was seriously ill and had to be flown home. The resort crew went out of their way to accommodate her--preparing special meals and making travel arrangements. She remarked almost 5 months later about how great the staff was in helping her get to the airport, etc.

Websites Atlantis Dive Resorts   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Costa Brava, Roatan, Key West, Cozumel, Key Largo, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Philippines, Bali, North Sulawesi
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes and depth limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 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 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera room was on site but fully packed. Not sure of all facilities. On boat, there was a fresh water tub available for cameras.
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