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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

Atlantis Dive Resorts, May, 2011,

by Michael A Thompson, NV, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 6054.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving north america, central america, asia, caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 79 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 5 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions depth limits, heaviest breather frequently dictated dive time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 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 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Superb shore camera room with air hoses to dry camera housings. Both 110 & 220 on wall(this is the only place 110 was available)

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The hotel was nice, but we spent the previous week at Atlantis Dumaguete and were truly spoiled there. We were not spoiled here.

Menu although very nice was not inspired and most offerings were "safe". Kitchen wait staff could not remember food allergies and my wife was constantly picking onions out of her food even after I told them daily NO ONIONS. We also had to frequently ask for more water. The food on the Verde Island trip was fantastic.

Diving is spectacular here, some boats have some type of sun protection, but no fresh water tanks on board (cameras placed on deck). The dive masters worked hard to make the diving safe inspite of some wicked huge currents/tide changes. One dive master (not our regular) seemed to have gotten lost and his "findings" were meager. Verde island was a treasure although the current was strong on the second dive. Our dive master, (Norms)cautioned us to stay close to him on this dive as there was a treacherous down current ; some of the people on the boat who did not stick close to their dive master went from 10m to 30m in seconds.

We did not find the muck diving we expected, but due to the huge (50 m) tide changes we frequently had to walk through the muck to or from the boat carrying part of our dive gear and cameras...dive staff at Atlantis Dumaguete would not hear of our carrying anything and there was no muck walking.

Dive lockers are roomy enough for gear and generally allowed for things to at least partially dry out.

This may seem minor, but there were no designated smoking areas, and this made life difficult as my wife had a severe reaction to smoke. Dive briefings were difficult as there was always a tourist smoking close by. The dining area had the same problem; no matter where we sat there was always a tourist smoking. The Americans were the worst, Russians were the most considerate.

Spa facilities were beautiful, but the air conditioner broke and it took 2+ days to fix. Offers were made to do the massage in the rooms, but the rooms were not really large enough for that.

The bus and boat transfer were an adventure and it was interesting to see the countryside.

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