I tried and tried to come up with some criticism for this resort. As others have stated, it has the most marvelous food, excellent service, friendly dive staff, and comfortable accommodations. I guess the only downfall would be the number of steps to get to the rooms as they are located up the hillside. However, even this is not a negative, because it serves as insulation from noise and a way to work off the fantastic Mango Jam Rolls they serve between dives!
If you don't take advantage of the spa services, you are definitely missing out on part of the experience here. The diving is fantastic and their motto is true -- you do leave as a "friend". The beach is a busy place during the day, but when you cross the threshold into the main part of the resort the busy-ness totally disappears. You can be as involved or as uninvolved as you wish!
As for the diving, I can't possibly say enough. Started the trip off with a pygmy seahorse -- what more could you want? But there was no let down afterwards as every dive held its own surprises. Divemasters are fantastic and understand the needs of photographers, while not ignoring those who had no cameras. Boats are comfortable enough for the very short rides to the dive sites, entries and exits were easy, and surface intervals were back at the resort.
Can't wait to go back!
- 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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- Atlantis Dive Resorts Puerto Galera Hotel Puerto Galera