Atlantis Dive Resort, Dumaguete

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Atlantis Dumaguete, Philippines

Lipayo, Dauin, Dumaguete, Philippines | Full-board + unlimited  boat diving from $298++/ppn

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Atlantis Dumaguete Dive Resort Overview

Atlantis Dive Resort in Dauin, Dumaguete, is a beachfront luxury dive resort located within a short trip to some of the best dive sites in the Philippines including Apo Island, Siquijor, and of course Dauin Marine Sanctuaries, where you can find some of the world's best macro photography opportunities. 

 

Quick Information 

  • No of Rooms: 44
  • Dive Center: On-site
  • Amenities: AC, spacious camera room, swimming pool, internet station, spa, bar, boutique, nitrox
  • WiFi: Yes, free
  • Airport shuttle: Yes, surcharge

 

How to Get There

Atlantis Dive Resort is located in the municipality of Dauin in Dumaguete, 500 kilometers south of Manila and 110 kilometers north of Cebu.

Dumaguete is the capital city of the province. Atlantis Dumaguete is usually a 1 ¼ hour domestic flight from Manila. The resort is 15km from Dumaguete airport; about a 30-minute drive.

 

Dive Overview

The Philippines are home to a dense population of marine life, boasting colorful reefs and incredible macro life.

Divers are required to exhibit good buoyancy control at all times, to respect the underwater environment and not wear gloves. Divers will also need to bring their certification card (mandatory) and log book. 

Learn more on Dumaguete Diving or see the full list of Atlantis Dumaguete Dive Sites

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Accommodations

Types of Rooms, Amenities and Photos

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Atlantis Resort Dumaguete Accommodation Overview

Atlantis’ forty-four guest rooms and suites are elegantly designed to give you maximum comfort, privacy and relaxation throughout your stay (all bedrooms have one room). Each room features: 

  • Climate controlled air conditioning
  • Fully stocked mini bar
  • Supply of emergency toiletries
  • Adjustable ceiling fans
  • Ensuite facilities
  • Solar heated hot water
  • Cable T.V. with free movie and sports channels
  • In-room safety deposit box
  • Coffee and tea making facilities in suites
  • Wireless Internet available in all rooms
  • Flat screen LCD TV in suites

 

Deluxe Room

Deluxe Room
Have either a king bed (convertible to 2 twin beds) or a queen bed, ensuite with shower, safe, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, TV with cable, minibar and refrigerator. Some deluxe rooms have an adjoining room with 2 twin beds and the same amenities. These adjoining rooms are typically used by families.  

 

Ocean Front Room 

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  • These rooms have a direct ocean view. Each has a king bed (convertible to 2 twin beds), ensuite with shower, safe, air conditioning, ceiling fan, TV with cable, minibar, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker and DVD player.

 

Garden Suite 

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  • Garden Suites have either king bed/combinable twins or 2 queen beds, ensuite with shower, safe, air conditioning, ceiling fan, TV with cable, minibar, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker and DVD player. These suites also have a large furnished balcony or patio.

 

Premier Garden Suite 

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  • Premier Garden Suite (Two-bedroom suite) has queen bed and king bed/combinable twins, shared ensuite with shower, safe, air conditioning, ceiling fan, flat screen TV w/cable and DVD, minibar, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker.

 

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Resort Facilities

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Restaurant & Pool

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Spa & Boutique

 

Atlantis Resort Dumaguete Features 

  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Spa & Wellness
  • Camera Room
  • Pool
  • Boutique
  • Classroom
  • Internet Connection
  • Dive Shop Services

 

Atlantis Resort Dumaguete Food & Drinks

Toko’s restaurant is right on the beach and will provide you with a unique dining experience. Using fresh local products and flavors, but made to an international standard, we have moved away from monotonous a la carte menus to daily changing blackboard menus at both lunch and dinner. 

Atlantis offers a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day. Diving is prohibited after drinking alcohol. Brewed coffee, hot tea, iced tea and filtered water are complimentary throughout the day. Italian, other specialty coffees and fresh juice are complimentary only until 10am with breakfast, but available for a fee after that.

 

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Atlantis Resort Dumaguete Activities 

  • Day trip to Apo Island
  • Dumaguete City Tours
  • Twin Lakes
  • Balanan Lakes
  • Day trip to Oslob Whalesharks
  • Malatapay Market
  • Bird Watching
  • Quad Bike Tours

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Package & Rates

Atlantis Dive Resort Dumaguete Rates

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ALL-Inclusive 7-NIGHT Stay & dive package rates 

All rates are per person in USD and are subject to change without prior notice. Contact us for information on longer and/or shorter stays.

Room

Option

2019

2020

2021

Deluxe

Deluxe

$2,188

$2,293

$2,411

Non-Diver

$1,256

$1,314

$1,385

Single Supplement

$420

$441

$462

Upgraded Room Supplements

Ocean Front - Double

$175

$175

$182

Ocean Front - Single

$756

$791

$833

Suite - Double

$175

$175

$182

Suite - Single

$756

$791

$833

Two Bedroom Suite - Double

$441

$462

$483

Two Bedroom Suite - Single

$1,309

$1,372

$1,435

 

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS 

All packages include: 

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a deluxe room (double occupancy/twin share)
  • All meals at Toko's Restaurant (breakfast drinks, Italian and specialty coffees are included)
  • Coffee, tea and filtered water (Italian and specialty coffees are not included after breakfast)
  • Unlimited internet access
  • Unlimited scheduled boat diving (typically 5 dives per day including night diving)
  • 1 island trip

All packages exclude: 

  • Equipment rental
  • Additional day trips
  • Nitrox fills

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Add-Ons

Option

2019

2020

2021

Day Trip to Apo Island

$98

$103

$108

Day Trip to Whalesharks at Oslob

$113

$119

$125

Unlimited Nitrox

$174

$180

$192

Marine Park Fee

$138

$144

$150

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TRANSFERS (round trip)

All rates are per person in USD and are subject to change without prior notice. Transfers booked less than 90 days before arrival are subject to a surcharge.

  • 1 person: $264
  • 2 people: $224
  • 3 people: $216
  • 4-15 people: $208
  • 16 or more people: $200

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Drop us an email at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at 310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

 

Dive Information

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Overview of diving at Atlantis Dumaguete

Atlantis Dive Resort's instructors and guides are highly trained and know how to get you the “fantastic” dives. They offer group diving and the guests requests are accommodated within safety limits. 

 

Typical dive schedule AT Atlantis Dumaguete

The typical dive schedule includes 4 day dives and 1 night dive (5 dives total) to choose from; on days with day trips, usually only four dives are possible due to travel times. Currents, conditions, and logistics require that all dive groups stay together at all times.

Typical dive time is approximately 50-60 minutes with a maximum depth of 100 feet (30m). As a general policy, Open Water Divers will only be allowed on dives below 60 feet (18m) or night dives if they can show proof of previous experience and exhibit adequate in-water skills, adventure training dives are available. 

  • Local Dives at 9, 11, 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (night dives available every day)
  • Choice of dive site each time (talk to our guides about where you want to go and what you want to see)
  • Small groups (no more than 6 people)
  • Most dive spots within ten minutes of the resort
  • Private dives available
  • Day Trips to Verde Island and the Hot Springs of Chicken Feather Island (Puerto Galera) and Apo Island, Balicasag, Siquijor and Sumilon (Dumaguete)
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Dive Center Information

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Atlantis Dive Center Overview 

The state of the art dive facilities support all levels of recreational divers, Nitrox as well as re-breather and technical diving. Not only do we have the top dive operation in the area but many of our guides are instructors as well as being the best spotters in the Philippines.

Whether you use us as your base from which to explore thirty or more close dive sites; the place to start your adventures and become certified; your introduction to Nitrox, technical diving or Re-breather adventures; or as the place to start a career in diving; we have it all.


Dive Center Features 

  • 60 Individual purpose-built equipment storage cubby-holes keep your equipment dry and organized
  • High-quality rental equipment
  • Spacious comfortable boats
  • Training pool
  • Fresh beach towel every day, snacks and drinking water
  • Hot water shower in the dive shop
  • Multiple compressors for Air, Nitrox and Trimix
  • Your equipment carried for you
  • Underwater photography facilities

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Practical Information 

  • Electricity: 220 Volts
  • Time zone: UTC+8
  • Languages: Filipino & English
  • Accept Credit Cards?: Yes, VISA, Master Card, and American Express

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Reviews (5)

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The resort offered 3 guided boat dives a day plus a night dive. Most dive sites were within a few minutes from the resort. The longest trip was 45 minutes to Apo Island. Guides were outstanding and were needed to spot the variety of small critters in the muck. With the exception of Apo Island dives, most of the dives were muck dives. There were incredible numbers of pipefish species. Lots of other subjects for macro photography. The photographic facilities at the resort were outstanding, and the staff were excellent camera handlers. The dive operation ran very smoothly and provided excellent facilities for rinsing and storing gear. The cuisine was varied and generally well-prepared. There were multiple choices for main courses at lunch and supper. Although land excursions were offered, I did not avail myself of any. There was also an optional trip to Cebu to snorkel with whale sharks that I did not take, instead opting for two trips to Apo Island. Apo Island is a World Heritage site with an unbelievable array of hard and soft corals, as well as a variety of reef fishes not seen on most of the muck dives. The resort staff and office personnel were unusually accommodating. I had one of the least expensive rooms which was comfortable, albeit no ocean view. The resort had a lovely Spa which offered excellent and reasonably priced messages. Overall, the resorts and its excellent dive operation were well worth the money.

Visited on 04/2018 - Submitted on 05/17/2018
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The team was waiting for my travel weary buddy and me when we first stepped off the boat at Sibulan. We had been traveling for 10 hours, so a friendly porter to help with our bags and a refreshing drink of water were exactly what we needed. And they continued to anticipate our needs for the rest of our stay such that we wanted for nothing.

On day one, they took us to Apo Island, a reserve that sits about 45 minutes off the coast. Our gear was set up and waiting for us on their banka before we were able to rub the sleep from our eyes. The only preparation we had to do was throw some breakfast down our throats and climb aboard. If you travel to Dumaguete, Apo Island should not be missed. The amount of coral hanging from the walls of the island is breathtaking. I tried capturing the scenery on dive 1, but by dive 3 I had resorted to just soaking in the stunning magnitude of life around me. We had humphead parrotfish, a multitude of hawksbill sea turtles, batfish and schooling jacks, all against a backdrop of unimaginable colors. Between dives, they brought a chef that cooked up a feast for the divers and crew.

We made it back in time for a night dive. I mentioned to the divemaster that one of the critters on my bucketlist was an ornate ghost pipefish, and sure enough, we found one on the dive mooring as we descended and later we saw pairs of robust and halimeda ghost pipefish as well. This pretty much set the mood for the rest of the dives. We would request an animal, and they would find it. We didn't make it easy on them. Blue ringed octopus, ribbon eels, bluespotted stingrays and many other creatures materialized from the sand under our divemaster's helpful eye. We didn't make it easy, either. They had not seen a flamboyant cuttlefish for months until we asked for one, and then they found 2! We did the nearshore sites for the rest of our stay and knocked nearly every macro creature we could think of off our list. The diversity of life offshore from Atlantis was pretty incredible.

Atlantis has a mantra that they strive to live up to. "Come as a guest, leave as a friend." Thank you, Atlantis, we had an unforgettable time.

Visited on 08/2014 - Submitted on 08/31/2014
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Larkspur, CO
United States
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My son and I stayed at Atlantis in July 2014. The staff at the resort are VERY friendly and helpful. By the second day, they knew everyone in our group of 22 by their first name. The dive masters are very good at spotting all manner of critters, especially small stuff, and this place abounds in such! Stuff I'd never seen before: orangutan crab, ornate ghost pipefish, spiny devilfish, zeno crab, two morays making love, sexy shrimp, etc. All of the boat rides except Apo Island are no more than 10 minutes from the resort. Every dive site had something unique to offer. The accommodations are somewhat basic, but more than adequate for divers--your basic bathroom with no shelves, leaky shower, spartan beds, etc. However, the air conditioning works and you won't be doing much but sleeping in the room. The food is very good, with multiple choices for each meal. The massages are fantastic and very inexpensive. I took a one-day photo workshop with Paul Ancla at the resort, and vastly improved the quality of my U/W photography as a result. I highly recommend this place.

Visited on 07/2014 - Submitted on 07/30/2014
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I was also on the same trip as the first reviewer cdub and I will once again try to avoid being repetitive.
The resort we stayed at was Atlantis and it has been the best resort I have stayed in so far. The resort picked us up from and back to the airport since we were staying one night on Manila and I really appreciated at how they made sure we had no problems checking into our domestic flights since none of us spoke the native language. They also gave us packed lunches for us to take into the airport. They were there in Dumaguete ready for us when we arrived and after that any questions or issues were resolved instantly. I would say the best aspect of this resort was the attention to the service. The staff was extremely helpful and very nice and they learned our preferences very quickly to make our stay more comfortable. The rooms were pretty standard, but very clean and the porches had tables and chairs to sit in. The meals were posted everyday and there was usually a western dish and more exotic dish. The food was so good none of us turned anything down. The chef apparently had worked in Dubai at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant and he deserved every compliment we gave.
Non diving activites included a morning trip to a local market and lunch there with local items. Nighttime activities were available in Dumageute and I had a great time socializing with the staff, I invited them to join us out on the town and the took us to some great spots and it was fun going out like a local.
The diving is great if you like to take macro photos like me. The muck diving seems at first disappointing but once you really look you see all of the tiny life and all of a sudden you can't spend enough time looking for subjects. If your thinking tropical reefs, this is not the best place for that. There are those spots and they are great but not the focus of the diving. This is a great place for playing Where's Waldo and looking for frog fish, cuttlefish, mantis shrimp, and we saw a blue ringed octopus. The water temps was about 80 degrees and visibility was in the 60 -80 foot range. We did spend a day going to Cebu to swim with juvenile whale sharks which is so far the best i've experienced. There were a lot of people but also a lot of whale sharks being hand fed by the fishermen. They tell you it is not allowed to touch them, but I was having trouble keeping them from touching me. We also went out to the outer islands to dive. Apo island was great and more in line when you think of a tropical dive. Another perk is even when we went on a day trip to the islands or Cebu the resort would bring a full crew and bring a full lunch spread for us. No simple grilled burger or sandwich with this group.
The photo room at the resort is the best photo room I have seen for divers. Plenty of stations with plugs, storage, and the each had a compressed air gun for cleaning and drying your gear. The dive shop was also spacious and they rinsed our gear every night and had it ready to go every morning.
Overall I am not sure I will ever go to another resort with this level of service, unless visiting their sister resort Atlantis Puerta Galera or their liveaboard the Azores. If you like to get your dives in, this is the spot as well. With 5 boat dives a day included, our group started to fatigue a bit on diving and skip some dives, even those of us who never have before.

Visited on 02/2013 - Submitted on 02/11/2014
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I had a great stay at Atlantis Dumaguete in early March 2013 on a group trip with 7 of us in total.

Travel coordination:
When we arrived in Dumaguete, we were greeted at the airport by the friendly Atlantis staff, including Jess who would be our dive guide for the week. They quickly tagged up our luggage for us and loaded it on the bus for us and (everything would be delivered to our rooms) and we were whisked off to their bus for the ride to the resort.

Once we arrived, we were greeted and introduced in the outdoor restaurant/bar by the rest of the staff, and welcomed with fresh coconuts and shoulder & neck massages while the manager greeted us and went over the resort briefing. This was a nice treat after the travel.

For our departure, they not only took care of our transport from the resort to the Dumaguete airport, and also expedited our luggage check in at the airport. Our connecting flight was in Manila, and they also arranged for pick up at the domestic terminal and brought us to the international terminal. This sounds odd because you might think, how far can it be? However, we were surprised that you basically had to totally leave the airport grounds and re-enter in order to change terminals, so this service was a huge help.

Accommodations:
The resort was clean and well kept overall. There were several room types and we were in the rooms closest to the restaurant, office and dive center. We didn’t have any problems with noise even though we were arguably in a “higher foot traffic” area. Our rooms all had AC, ceiling fan, minifridge/bar, TV, single or double beds, closet, safe, and a desk and chair. The bathrooms all had sinks, standard toilet, and a shower stall. There was a small patio outside of the room with two chairs a table and a drying rack for clothes/gear. Our group ended up spending a lot of time hanging out on one porch or another, so for the next trip, we would likely opt for one of the connected rooms that have a larger shared living room or porch.

I had solid wifi access in the room as well, with no noticeable outages. It was strong enough that I could manage some Skype calls.

If you tend to be a tasty mosquito magnet like me, I'd recommend bringing some sort of deet based insect repellent. It would be difficult to avoid them altogether in the local climate, and they weren't a major problem and I was fine as long as I wore repellent.

Resort features:
There is also a resort pool that we used a handful of times (mostly because we were diving so much), and their Spa. We all probably had at least 3 massages each during the week of our stay. They offered a variety of treatments, though I typically opted for deep tissue. It’s a great way to end a dive day!

Their front office was connected to their gift/dive shop, and located just across from the restaurant/bar and dive center. The office staff was always super friendly, and you could also leave your room key with them while you were diving, or if you were going offsite for an excursion or out in town.

The gift & dive shop had a variety of goods. On one side, they had dive gear items like wetsuits, rashguards, masks, muck sticks etc. On the other side, you could purchase local jewelry, hats etc.

Restaurant/Bar/Food:
We had 3 large excellent meals/day, and they often had fresh cookies or other snacks ready for us for when we got back from diving in the afternoons. The days’ menu options are posted near the restaurant entrance, and someone from the restaurant staff is typically there to take your order as you’re walking in.

On a day with closer dive sites, you’d have breakfast, then do 2 dives, come back for lunch and then do another 1-2 dives. In instances where the dive sites were farther away, a member of the restaurant staff would come on the boat with us and they would have an amazing buffet meal and fresh bbq for us.

For drinks, water, coffee, tea, juices included are typically included, with alcohol and sodas extra.

They have a bar in the restaurant area, and we had a great time hanging out there, and meeting a few of the other resort guests and groups.

Camera Room:
Oh, how I love their camera room. Air conditioned (so low humidity), with multiple work stations that essentially became “yours” for the week of your stay. 3 of us had still camera set ups and our other friend had had a full video set up, so we were THRILLED to have this room. Each work station was spacious and had its own power strip, air hose, work table space, stowage shelves and space underneath. As someone who often ends up having to commandeer much of my resort or live aboard room for dealing with my camera gear, it really made assembling, prepping, charging, and storing it so much more pleasant! The room is securely locked at night, and opened again before bfast begins so divers can access their gear.

Diving:
Once you set up your BCD, Regulator and weights the first day, you basically don’t need to touch them again all week. The staff loads and unloads them from the boat, and rinses them daily.

The dive center has a briefing area and also a storage/hanging room where each person is given a large cubby for personal gear (boots, mask etc) and space for you to hang up your wetsuit to dry. There’s also a freshwater shower and several large rinse tanks for gear and a separate one for cameras. If you’re diving nitrox, you can also analyze and log your tanks for the next day after you finish up your afternoon dives so they are ready to go.

Our lead guide all week was Jess, who was great fun. He had a good sense of humor, and made us feel very safe in the water. They would usually start the dive day with a dive site briefing and they had maps drawn out for each dive site. We’d then walk/wade out to our boat for the day for the morning dives.

They had two smaller boats for closer dive sites, and a larger one for the farther sites. For boat entry, there is no dock with how changeable the tide levels can be. You’d usually walk into the water and then each boat would have an inclined ramp to climb up. They always had dive/boat staff assisting us. Since you are wading in the water and on some days the waves are kicking up a bit, I would highly recommend bringing a waterproof bag for any dry gear on the boat. Typically I’d wear/carry my wetsuit, mask, fins, dry bag and camera.

We chose to do a mix of diving between macro and wide angle. Water temps were 79-82 degrees, with air temps in upper 70s to upper 80s, so I wore a 3MM wetsuit for most of the trip as I tend to get cold with us doing 4+ dives a day sometimes, and particularly with muck diving, you’re not moving a whole lot.

For dive locations, we chose to dive the Dauin coast, Siquijor Island, and Apo Island.

For macro, you will never lack for subjects. There was great muck diving and we were seeing frogfish of all varieties, scorpion fish, cuttlefish, nudies, ghost pipe fishes, mantis shrimp - and these were some of the most common critters we saw! Jess and our other guides were great at spotting items for us, and since we were diving with our group, once one of us finished with a subject, we’d often go tap another friend to let them know where it was. They also gave us tips for how to spot spot of the macro subjects, which was really helpful since it was the first time diving in the Philippines for several of us. Giant frogfish and reefs were wide angle highlights there.

For specialized dives we also opted to do the night dive to see mandarin fish matings. I found this to be probably the most difficult photography dive. Patience was definitely key.

There was also a fluoro night dive that 3 of us opted to do where they provide the UV lights and goggles. This dive was on the house reef, and it was cool to get to try it out as I don’t often night dive in California and hadn’t experimented with one of the UV lights before. I didn’t bring my still camera for this dive, but I did take an extra pair of the filter goggles that I had fit onto my GoPro as a makeshift filter and was able to shoot some video footage from the dive.

Our whole group also did a half day trip to Cebu to snorkel with whale sharks, coordinated though Atlantis. The resort bused us to a ferry boat that carried us and the bus across to Cebu and we drove from the port to the snorkel landing.

In Cebu, they gave us a briefing about what distance to keep from the whale sharks and then carry you out in a canoe to a shallow cove within site of shore (~40 ft deep) where the whale sharks come in to feed. There are other staff there in canoes as “feeders” who are dropping krill into the water. While I know some people don’t support the feeding of the animals, my personal experience here was that the whole experience was much more relaxed and for me as a snorkeler, and seemingly for the whale sharks as well vs. other experiences I’ve had.

For example, on a trip in the Maldives where we were hoping to see a whale shark, there must have been close to 100 people in the water as several liveaboards convened on the one lone whale shark that was spotted. It looked like a massive water rugby match at the surface with all these people chasing this one shark, and there were also scuba divers below it. Many in our group decided not to go in the water at all, or jumped in for a few mins and quickly got out because it was so hectic. It really seemed stressful on the one animal, who was trying to swim away, but was surrounded on all sides.

By contrast in Cebu, there were 10-15 whale sharks at any given time who were calmly snacking, and not trying to swim away. The feeder canoes spread out so there was room around each shark, and the canoe guides carrying us out did the same to spread out the snorkelers. For photography, the obvious benefit is that this gives you A LOT of opportunities and time with the animals. It also means was fairly easy to get a shot with a dive model if you wanted to direct one to swim into the shot, or to get a clean shot without people in it if that was your goal. We had over 90 mins in the water (we only got out when we all felt like we’d had enough) and everyone in our group was really happy with the experience.

The Atlantis staff also brought a full lunch for us, so we ate a nice meal before getting back on the bus for the return trip.

Other non-diving activities:

We did a half day excursion in the middle of the week to have some dry time to the Malapatay Market. The local market has a mix of food, handicrafts, and goods. There was also a livestock market. Some of the staff accompanied us here, and brought a full family style lunch for us.

For nightlife, about half of our group wanted to be out every night, and the other was more into staying in. For outings, you can arrange van transport through the resort and the driver would wait for you while you were out, or you could take cabs back if people in the group felt like returning later/earlier than others. There is also a 24 hour guard at a gate into the resort, so again you can also leave your room key with them if you don’t feel like carrying it while out on the town, and just pick it back up when you return later that night.

The boulevard area had multiple restaurants, bars and clubs and you could walk up and down the area to determine which one fit your preferences.

Oftentimes, our guide Jess and some of the other dive and resort staff would either accompany our group, or meet us out after they were off work. We were told by the resort that most times their customers tended to skew a little older than those at their sister resort at Atlantis Puerto Galera, so I think we were a fun group for them. ☺

What I would say is that if you want a quiet night, it’s very easy to stay at the resort and relax there. If you’d like to go out though, definitely ask the staff! They’ll give you some good recommendations, and to be honest it was nice to have them with us on some outings because they really know the city.

Staff:
Can’t say enough nice things about everyone on the staff there. We arrived around lunch time and by dinner, they all knew us by first name. They were all incredibly welcoming, friendly, attentive, and you felt very taken care of for your entire stay. They all seemed to really enjoy working there as well.

Tipping:
The staff members don’t accept individual tips. If you are happy with the service during your stay, you can donate to their Christmas fund, which they split with everyone.

Visited on 03/2013 - Submitted on 01/24/2014

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