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Dive Review of Atlantis Dive Resorts in
Philippines

Atlantis Dive Resorts, Apr, 2013,

by Patricia A. Sinclair, LA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7407.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Rotan, Jamaica, Grand Bahama Island, North Bimini, Curacao, Bonaire, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman St. Eustatius, Florida Keys, Miami, Fl
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions usually limited to an hour per dive, since we were doing 4 to 5 dives a day.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 While there was not any type of storage for cameras on the pangas, the camera room at the resort was fabulous./ ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 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
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments April 28, 2013 to 5/5/2013

Saturday afternoon, Atlantis Resort Dumaguete
We check in, our luggage is taken to our rooms, we get lunch and they bring us our room keys during the meal. There is only one key per room. So you are constantly making arrangements with your roommate as to how to handle when she or I are at the spa, or diving when the other isnt in the same place at the same time and wants to go to the room. With work and constant communication we made it work out fairly well. I was tired from the travel and hot, so I opted for a nap and most everyone else goes out on a boat dive. A people few opted for the bar, these were the diehard drinkers, and you know there are always a few in every group.

Sunday morning, we are up early, get breakfast and meet our DM for the week. Mine was a little guy named Genie he was so funny and had eyes that found the littlest critters and he was just the nicest person. He gives us a rundown of where our gear goes, there are slots for each diver and what our diver number is, when to analyze tanks and how many and when the briefings are for each dive. We can do up to 5 dives a day, 2 morning, 2 afternoon and 1 night dive. So, I plan on doing 22 dives this week as the goal.

As I learned, other than trips to the two islands in the distance, all diving is pretty much small reef and muck diving in Dumaguete. At the islands you get walls and reef, no muck diving. We did two island trips, Apo Island and Sijiour Island. On the island trips you only do 3 dives, and you are served snacks between dives and lunch on the boat. At Apo Island, there are shops to visit on the SI and if you look at the rocks, you can see a date carved into the rock. That year is when the first plane came to that island.
Now they have a couple of hundred inhabitants and some even have electricity. They are very happy with their lives there, and as calm and peaceful (no rushing to work, to the store, to hither and yon) as it is, I totally understand their feelings. Sijiour Island has even fewer inhabitants and no shops.

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