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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in

Atlantis Dive Resorts: "Puerto Galera, Great Invertebrate, No Peleagics", Dec, 2017,

by Paul Barrett, NM, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 10078 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments After a thirteen hour flight to Manila we were picked up the airport and driven to Batanga City in two vans. We stopped for a snack along the way. In Batanga City we boarded a ferry for the thirty minute trip to Atlantis Puerto Galera.

The enclave of Puerto Galeara where the Atlantis operation is based is a small but bustling area with many dive shops. The majority of the divers are Chinese or Korean, although Atlantis seems to focus on Americans and Europeans. The bottom line is this is not an isolated beach resort. In fact, there is no beach although at low tide there is a large sand flat.

The hotel orientation by Luke, a British ex-pat and others was quite complete and the staff is very friendly and enthusiastic. They seem to immediately know your first name. However, I was with a group of eight and we arrived the first week in December. The resort was full and the staff at fir ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Caymans, Cozumel, Honduras, Truk, Sipidan
Closest Airport Ninyo Aquino, Manila Getting There Fly to Manila, van to Batanga City, Ferry to Puerto Galera

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas currents
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-50 Ft/ 8-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Divers in groups of four with DM. All safety stop then surface when the first diver reaches 50 bar/750 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Bring a macro lens ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Barbara Raulstonin NV, US at Dec 21, 2017 18:23 EST  
Same trip-We saw 2 large turtles on our twilight dive at the Western Escarceo. Lots of banded sea snakes all week and the nudibranchs were lovely! Likely Hawksbill turtles. From my brief experience in restaurant work, when the owner is on the premises, things tend to go haywire. This may have been the reason service was a bit off as the owner, Gordon, was there that week. Makes everyone nervous to have the big boss around. SO thankful Thax and Mak were on top of it when my dive buddy disappeared in the current. There was some confusion at first figuring out that Mak saw Thax go after her, because I did not and I don't think anyone else did either. It happened so fast. Good lessons learned! Once the situation was cleared up with writing slates and hand signals, the rest of us continued the dive. We did cut it short - about a 30 min dive, and were very happy to find the missing on the boat. Some pretty choppy surf waiting on the boat to come get us and was tricky getting in the boat around the stabilizers on the bangka. Great trip!
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