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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

Atlantis Dive Resorts: "Atlantis Resort Puerto Galera", Jun, 2015,

by Randy Kettering, IL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8502.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [The Atlantis resort is located in the densely built town of
Sabang which is part of greater Puerto Galera.

Atlantis handled all transfers that included a two hour drive in a roomy van followed by a leisurely one hour boat ride. Both were on time and we didn't handle our bags until reaching PG.

Diving: Diving is done from an outboard boat holding six divers max. Entry is by back roll and exit occurs by handing off BC and weights before climbing aboard. The dive shop is well run and all dive orientations occurred with a detailed drawn map of the underwater topography with clear and detailed descriptions of how you will dive and what will be seen. Most dive sites are less than 100 feet and dive duration was really flexible with most lasting between 55 and 60 minutes depending on the dive site. Most sites are located within a ten minute boat ride.
They offer five dives a day and all diving was done with a dive guide who know the area and can find whatever you request. The only thing they didn't find was a mermaid! Flamboyant cuttlefish, cuttlefish, blue ring octopus, pygmy seahorses, plate sized frogfish and harlequin shrimp. I asked for a unicorn and damned if we didn't see a 5" fish with a 2" forward projection from the top of it's head swimming back and forth at dusk. I got a video but still don't know what it is.
They offer an extra cost, three tank, day trip to Verde Island which is a must do and well worth the extra cost as the abundance of marine life is not to be believed. My group tried the "Washing Machine" dive as the third dive but most ended up with sausages inflated because the current was daunting.
Dive Facility: The dive locker room is located across the walkway on the same level close to the boats (and bar). The dive "lockers" are three open shelves and two pegs for hanging booties. The dive locker area is locked at night and patrolled by guards. They have four rinse tanks clearly marked for the different types of gear. Really hot water showers are available between the tanks and the dive "lockers".

Accommodations: The rooms are clean and well appointed. Each room has an air conditioner and ceiling fan. Rooms were cleaned every day and sheets and towels were replaced as requested. The Flintstone style resort is located on a hill, so you should decide how much exercise you want. The most expensive rooms are very expansive and located 79 steps above the main level. They each have a large sitting area the can easily accommodate six people and they have a 30' x 30' veranda with nice views of the ocean and beyond. The staff is always available to carry your bags so you only need to transport yourself up and down the stairs.

Spa: Massages were offered at an incredibly reasonable $25/hr! I became addicted. The swimming pool was clean but I don't think it was heated... no really necessary.

Restaurant: Service and food were both excellent. Meals were served
promptly and the food was delicious. I'm not a foody but I found myself taking iPhone pictures of the presentations because they were so dramatic! The wait staff were all attentive and very friendly.

Websites Atlantis Dive Resorts   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Philippines, Grand Cayman, St Vincent, Bequia, Mayreau, Roatan, Utila, Bonaire, Curacao, Majahual MX (Chinchorro Bank), Bahamas, Cabo San Lucas, Cabo Pulmo, Cozumel, Cancun, Dominica, Key West, Oahu, Maui
Closest Airport Manila Getting There Easy-Peasy Cathay Pacific ORD-MNL 19hr and 20hr R/T

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-84°F / 26-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-150 Ft/ 9-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions WE had a group of 6. WE could dive our own profiles. Shortest was 34" @ 100'. Longest was 66" @ 24'. Most were 55'- 65' at various depths.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments A huge camera room with fans and 12-15 stations with multiple wall 110 v outlets for charging. Compressed air! Nice working bench mid-waist high.
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