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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts/Atlantis Azores liveaboard in
Philippines/Tubbataha & Puerto Galera

Atlantis Dive Resorts/Atlantis Azores liveaboard, Apr, 2010,

by Stephen Tillinghast, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 5785.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Grand Cayman, Honduras, Cozumel, Sea of Cortez, San Juan Islands, Komodo Island area, Grand Turk, Bahamas, Socal
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions begin to surface w/700 PSi 100ft. max
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Tubbataha Reef area was way overrated. It was very expensive & the ship was not quite ready for the 1st class experience promised.

Below decks beds were box springs only for many thousands of dollars for the week! The captains quarters were double booked. Somebody was not happy. The food was terrible, but billed as gourmet fare. We're not demanding or snobby, but to be served dry wonderbread-like toast & jelly for breakfast was ridiculous considering the price.

The dive operations end of the ship were outstanding w/ brand new everything & pleasant guides.

Given the disappointing condition of the reefs, billed as "some of the best in the world", don't waste a lot of money to get here. It simply isn't worth it. Go for Indonesia instead where sea life makes this spot pale in comparrison.

Puerto Galera, in contrast, was lovely. El Galleon was a great place to stay & Asia Divers was superb. The kitchen there was great with all sorts of fare.There was a huge plankton bloom while we were there, but if the vis had been as it usually is, the sites would be very nice.

Atlantis Resort was closer into town & seemed really cheesy. Think Flintstones style rooms w/ lots of fake decorations.
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