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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts/Atlantis Azores in
Philippines/Tubbataha

Atlantis Dive Resorts/Atlantis Azores: "Tubbataha", May, 2016,

by Brian Morrow, GA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 9045.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Atlantis Azores cabins are a bit tight but the air conditioning and the ensuite facilities worked well. Our cabin had bunk beds with a double size bed on the bottom and a single above. The single bunk serving as our "closet".

Overall, the ship looks like it is getting close to the time that a refurbishment is required.

The diving operations ran smooth. Each skiff was assigned a group of divers and a dive master. Not sure why the DM's did not alternate since they each had a different focus on finding and pointing out fish or other things of interest.

We saw two whales sharks, hammerheads, lot's of white tips and turtles as well as several encounters with a couple of manta rays. The visibility was generally very good and currents moderate to strong on occasion. Water temps were in the low to mid-80's with occasional updrafts that were probably 10 degrees cooler. I wear a 1 mm suit so the occasional cool water was noticeable.

I was surprised at the number of other ships diving Tubbataha as Atlantis seems to be the only company advertising in the U.S.

Our group consisted of seven of the total of fourteen passengers. There were eight Americans, two Canadians, three people from Hong Kong and a nice lady from Dominica onboard.
Websites Atlantis Dive Resorts   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, PNG, Solomons, Palau, Yap, Raja Ampat, Moorea, Bora Bora, Hawaii
Closest Airport PPS Getting There Fly into Manila and onward to Puerto Princessa. I suggest avoiding an overnight in Manila as traffic congestion can make for a long trip to a hotel.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay within sight of the group and keep it to about an hour. Other than that you were on your own.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Cameras were handled carefully in the skiffs and brought to a rinse tank after each dive. Camera table, with compressed air hoses, was more than adequate for the 12 or so divers with cameras.
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