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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

Atlantis Dive Resorts, May, 2013,

by Carol Sommers, IL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 7276.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments After having a wonderful time the previous year in Dumaguete, I decided to return to the Philippines to see the Puerto Galera area this time and the animals were indeed different. Every dive provided a new surprise. We saw pygmy seahorses and blue ring octopusses several times. My only complaint is that I did not like the divemaster trying to make the octopus move using his pointer. Also, he could have said something about divers taking turns observing creatures and not acting like they owned them because they had an expensive camera. If you want to replay and check each photo, it should be done on the sidelines while others look at the fish. There were myriads of nudibranchs and an entire colony of giant clams. Our dive groups were small--six max--and we never dived in an area where there were crowds of other divers. On one dive we saw octopusses mating and we were a couple feet away. You could dive five times a day if you wanted to and dives usually lasted 50 minutes or longer. There are no piers in the Philippines so you do need to wade back to shore at low tide, being careful not to step on starfish. It really wasn't a problem. The trip to Verde Island is well worth the extra charge. There are huge seamounts with large schools of fish. The food was good-not great-but you could make your own meal whenever you wanted by choosing from several dozen ingredients which they then would cook in a wok and serve with rice or noodles. Did I mention the frogfish who were almost 2 feet across? The architecture of the resort is wild--like living in the Flintstones era, but the rooms are very comfortable with good air-conditioning and fans. Unless you want extra exercise after diving, be sure to request a room that is not on top of the hill since the resort is on several levels. While I was there, a woman fainted (not hydrated enough)next to me by the dive cubbies and medical help arrived within a minute. All in all, great diving and a high class resort.
Websites Atlantis Dive Resorts   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Australia, Palau, Yap, Sea of Cortez, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Florida, Lake Michigan, Belize, Curacao, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions All dives were guided by a divemaster who was good at finding critters.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments All dive sites were 10 minutes or less in a boat so there was no necessity for boat facilities for photographers. An air-conditioned room was available in the resort with camera stations.
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