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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines/Sabang Bay

Atlantis Dive Resorts: "Still a Great Diving Destination", Nov, 2016,

by Dennis A McCrea, WA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 9308 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is the 4th time I've visited, and the diving is still great, and the resort has not disappointed.

Wet and rainy conditions limited our visibility to 20-40 ft for the first 3 days, but cleared up with sunshine for the remaining days.The resort was in a state of flux due to groups coming and going, and it was apparent that there were a few staffing changes happening. Very few familiar faces from the last visit 3 years ago.

For the diving information. They have changed their briefings and policy from 3 years ago. Dive times are limited to 50 minutes and 60 to 70 ft depth maximum. There is still plenty to see, but a major disappointment for me as a photographer hoping to get pictures of the life at deeper depths from previous visits. 32% Nitrox is available, but you need to analyze your tanks carefully. Mixes ranged from 30.9% to 33.2%, but since you're limited in depth, it isn't a deal breaker if you want the extra safety. They do take your tank and BC out to the boat (max 6 people) and you walk to the boat with fins and mask, so Booties are a must.

The other change we encountered during the week was constantly being shuffled from one dive guide to another. If you get a chance, ask for Ambo, one of the best guides. Also didn't like being put with divers not on Nitrox or inexperienced divers that sucked air and shortened the dive time or caused us to spend 20 minutes at 20 ft at the end of the dive. Returning to the surface with 1200 to 1500 psi was not my idea of "getting our money's worth".

The rooms are basic but very well kept. Plenty of Hot water and clean towels. The resort provides filtered water in a bottle that is refilled everyday by the room staff. The lighting in the rooms is very dim, but there is a camera room downstairs with multiple charging outlets and compressed air for photographers.

They have an onsite pool and spa, and they offer a "signature massage" 90 minutes for $35. I did take advantage of that!

The onsite (4 star) restaurant offers sit down service, you just have to decide what you want to eat. Lunch and dinner offer 4 new choices everyday on a blackboard. Usually, fish, pork, pasta, and vegan. Coffee, tea, and water are included. Wine at dinner is extra.

The resort is located "on the main drag" of town. This isn't a problem because the town consists of dozens of other resorts and traffic is limited to walking since no streets exist.

The resort also has a waterfront bar aptly named "The 50 Bar". Local beers run about $4 USD and cocktails and import beers $5 - $6 USD. Expect to pay about $4 USD for soft drinks.
Websites Atlantis Dive Resorts   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Bahamas, Dominica, Belize, Bonaire, Roatan, Cozumel, Hawaii, Philippines, California, Florida, Washington
Closest Airport MNL Getting There Fly into Manila and resort provides 2 hr ride to Batangas, and then a 1 hr boat ride to Sabang Bay where the resort is located.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 81-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 20-80 Ft/ 6-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 50 minutes for maximum depth 60-70 ft
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments No storage on the boats except on the floor. The dive shop has dedicated camera tanks for storage between dives and soaking at the end of the day. Great camera room for charging batteries and compressed air for servicing at the end of the day.
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