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“Excellent resort for the avid diver”

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Atlantis Dive Resort Puerto Galera
Ranked #2 of 53 Puerto Galera B&B and Inns
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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Excellent resort for the avid diver”
Reviewed 12 February 2012

My husband and I spent four nights at Atlantis in Puerto Galera and enjoyed every moment. We are still fairly new divers and the dive masters were incredibly flexible and very understanding. The transfer from Manila was remarkably smooth and comfortable (we ended up having a private boat!), and the welcome was very warm and friendly.

You can dive 4-5 times per day if you want, but we generally had the energy for 2-3 only. There isn't much to do besides diving, but the resort does have a spa with really affordable prices. We ended up getting 3 massages and I treated myself to a manicure and pedicure.

The food was fantastic. Absolutely delicious. The chefs can even make things to order, if needed. We enjoyed every meal at the resort given we bought that as part of our package.

For the avid underwater photographer, there is a photography room, and you can also rent an underwater camera if you don't have one.

I really hope we can come back. We went in mid-August, right before the high season began. The weather wasn't too bad and it practically felt like we had the resort to ourselves. What a fantastic vacation! The only improvement I can think of is to install mosquito nets in the rooms. We did have at least mosquito here and there, which made it difficult to rest easy.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Gibsons, Canada
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

The hotel is across a busy little lane that cuts through the small town. Always fun to see the people busy with their day. The beach is nice, I went for a run every morning along the beach and it wound along onto a sidewalk and up a really cool cliff with wonderful views. The hotel is clean, nice pool, interesting little "hobbit rooms", maybe too small for some folks. Dive center is excellent and the meals here are very good. Great espresso machine!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

We stayed here for a week as part of a group trip arranged by our local dive shop. Location was selected for us and arrangements made for the whole group as a package. Was absolutely fantastic. The overall service, whether in the restaurant, front desk, housekeeping or dive masters, was great. They really take care of you here and want you to have a good experience. Food in the restaurant is great with offerings that meet the tastebuds of guests from diverse backgrounds. If the daily lunch menu doesn't meet your fancy, they will stir fry something up for you in "Mongolian BBQ" style. Diving and the service of the divemasters is what made the trip unforgettable. Divemasters are experienced and patient with divers at all skill levels; very attentive while giving you space to explore on your own. All staff is very personable and learn your name and preferences. I would not hesitate returning to this resort.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

Expensive by comparisosn to other options nearby but clean, friendly and the best food in Puetro Galera. We had a mini-honeymoon here and it was really nice, felt a bit secluded from the seedy parts of the area. Excellent chef and staff - very helpful. Very safety conscious dive masters who were well organized. Good rental equipment. For divers - skip the Flora night dive with blacklights - over-priced and not worth it, but otherwise the diving was excellent and the trip very well organized.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

We spent 4 nights at Atlantis Puerto Galera in December. The rooms rise up the hillside, getting fancier as they get higher, so if you forget something in your room, you could have a nice stairmaster work-out. Our room was up three levels, with queen and single beds. The bathroom was open to the main room, but the commode was in a separate room with a door. Lots of shelves on either side of the sink, and plenty of hot water. Quiet AC; those staying up at the top mentioned hearing roosters. My only complaint was that the room was dark--there weren't many lights. Opening the blinds helped some.

The dining/bar area was open and all under cover. They have buffet breakfast and lunches if there's a crowd, otherwise they use menus. When we first arrived, there was a large group there, so we got to choose our own stirfry ingredients from the buffet, with lots of veggies, beef, chicken, or fish, and different sauces; then the cooks took over, and we had a delicious meals a couple minutes later. When the large group left and we ordered off the menu, there were still several choices. My food allergy issues were no problem.

We were there to dive, and the dive operation is well run. The gear storage area is crowded when there's a full complement of divers, with each diver having a small cubby hall, with rods for hanging BCs and wetsuits. There's one hot shower and four rinse tanks for various pieces of equipment, including cameras. Our gear was set up each morning in the large shop area, Nitrox checked, and loaded into either a speed boat or a Banka. Gear was left on the boat between dives, and staff changed the tanks after we checked the Nitrox. Shore diving is not permitted due to boat traffic. The shortest dive site was 30 seconds away, the longest about 10 minutes. There was a lot of rain, supposedly unusual for that time of year; one day in particular we ended up doing three "dusk" dives, with very poor visibility above eight feet, then clearing, but dark below. It didn't keep us from enjoying the dives, which ranged from muck to wrecks to reefs. The diving is primarily small fish and critters.including some of the stranger ones, similar to what you'll find at Lembeh.

There's a small pool on site, as well as a spa that offers a variety of services.

Atlantis is fairly easy to get to; we were met at the airport (prearranged at an extra cost), transported by bus for a couple hours, then by ferry boat for another hour. Staff lugged our luggage a few minutes to the resort. We enjoyed our stay, but don't consider it the very best diving; we're definitely jaded after 40 years. Those with less experience will love it.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

This place is efficiently run and the dive staff are especially helpful. Food is plentiful and good, and the rooms are adequate. Transfers ran smoothly, and on the whole I felt well looked after. One "but" though - Puerto Galera inevitably has its "girlie" scene and if you don't want to be in the middle of it this hotel is not the place to go. But then that probably applies to most places in Puerto Galera. I got the impression that a number of American repeat guests were there not just for the diving. A pity, but true.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Yuba City
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

It took my husband years to get me to go to Atlantis Puerto Galera. We finally did it November 2011. Being my 1st warm water dive trip, I was awestruck at the beauty of the water and sea life. I saw things I never thought possible. Needless to say, the diving was awesome!!!
From the time we landed in Manila, we were treated like royalty. The staff at the resort, from the maids to deck hands and everyone in between, was superb!! Service was excellent, food was excellent, especially the garlic rice and Tocino pork at Toko's Restaurant for breakfast... Our dive masters made the diving absolutely fantastic.
We are going back next November 2012. Thank you Atlantis Dive Resorts for a very memorable trip.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Atlantis Dive Resort Puerto Galera
Address: | Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera, Mindoro 5203, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mindoro > Oriental Mindoro Province > Puerto Galera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Galera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Atlantis Dive Resort Puerto Galera 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Puerto Galera is well known for its numerous scuba diving spots; the area was designated a Man and Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO in 1973 and has some of the most diverse coral reef diving in Asia located at the very heart of the 'Coral Triangle'. The area also features numerous pocket beaches and stunning tropical scenery. Atlantis Puerto Galera is beautifully built into the hills of Sabang Beach of Puerto Galera and has a great beachfront location; in many travel guidebooks and magazines Atlantis is quoted as one of the most outstanding resorts of the Philippines with its award winning (Flintstones) design. ... more   less 
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