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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

Atlantis Dive Resorts: "Puerto Galera, Philippines", Oct, 2017,

by Elizabeth Harvey, TX, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9898 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Good: Fun,easy diving which makes it easy to spend lots of time focusing on the abundant small marine life. Zillions of nudibranchs - more than I have ever seen at any Pacific dive location. Other highlights: pygmy seahorses, electric clams, frogfish, sea kraits, turtles, ghost pipefish. Dive staff were exceptionally helpful, competent, and safety oriented. All dives were back roll entries from small skiffs, all boat rides to dive sites <10 minutes. Optional day trip to Verde island was well worth it for even more biodiversity in a pristine setting. Great muck diving. The resort offered 5 dives per day including 1 night dive. Evening presentations on the local marine life were available from dive staff and were extremely helpful. Large, comfortable, secure gear storage area with individual cubbies. Hotel staff extremely attentive and accommodating; wonderful massage services available at very reasonable prices.

Bad: Distressing amount of trash at some dive sites. Constant harassment by street vendors hovering at hotel property fringes.

Good to know in advance: hotel layout is challenging for anyone with difficulty climbing stairs - there are lots of them and no way to avoid. 220V power only in the rooms.
Websites Atlantis Dive Resorts   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Palau, Fiji, Cuba, Cozumel, US
Closest Airport MNL Getting There EVA airlines to MNL was comfortable and inexpensive, but flight cancellations within a month of departure date were not communicated to travelers by the airline; that created some sub-optimal itineraries; long bus ride from MNL to port (~2.5 hours); ~1 hour boat ride to resort, short walk (3-4 blocks?) from boat pier to resort over cobbly uneven streets (resort handles baggage). Expect 36 hours total travel time to/from US.

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-40 Ft/ 9-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Most dives were in the 60-75 feet range. Max depth specified was 100 feet.
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 N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Excellent camera room with compressed air, 110V/220V power supply.
Convenient to dive prep area but far enough away to be guaranteed clean and dry. Secure - locked at night, even during day I felt comfortable leaving a camera charging over lunch. Skiffs used for diving too small for camera tables but boat rides are very short. Boat staff very conscientious about handing over and taking cameras from divers.
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