We recently spent a week at Atlantis (in May 2014) and enjoyed ourselves immensely. I dive but my partner doesn't and we booked a reservation for a room only. Five minutes after our arrival I was invited out on a dive with a group of several other divers. Talk about feeling welcome! But first we sat in the open air dining area for our room check in procedure and Toby, the manager, came over and visited a while - he's a great guy and has lots of stories.
Everyone was very friendly - they all said hello often and they knew our names even before we had met some of them. They are extremely well organized and we were very well taken care of. They really know how to take care of their guests.
The dive team is great. They emphasize safety and follow through with it on every dive. You will need a dive computer and can rent one from them if you don't have your own (you can rent other gear as well if need be). Diving fees are per dive or it's a flat rate for daily unlimited diving. When we were there you could dive up to five times in a day. The break-even point is around three dives, so if you are diving three or more dives it pays to get the unlimited diving. I don't know how it works if you are with a group but as a single diver they let me decide each day what I wanted to do. Of course I took unlimited every day! They have lots of nitrox tanks so it's well worth getting nitrox certified either before arriving or from them once you're there.
Every diver gets a shelf and clothes rack for gear. There's a great room for photographers with counter space and outlets enough for everyone. The dive shop is compact and beautifully maintained. They really take their diving and their guests seriously. They review every dive before going out and have nice hand-drawn maps of each dive area. They take care of all your equipment - they emphasize that they want their guests to be able to concentrate on diving and not on hauling stuff back and forth to the boats.
Diving along the shore is lots of muck diving and I saw critters I'd never before seen. There are also coral formations although many were damaged in the typhoons of a few years ago. There's a car down there that's become a reef as well as other man-made stuff that's been taken over by critters.
The real treat is the day trip over to Apo Island, about 45 minutes away. There are absolutely stunning corals and marine life abounds. There's a turtle sanctuary and it's turtles all the way down! There's also a fantastic wall dive. I wish we'd been there longer to have a second trip out there. I'm not sure how often they take a boat to Apo, probably more often during high season. There are two morning dives and then the crew barbecues a huge lunch for everyone and time for a stroll on the island or a nap or both. Then there's an afternoon dive and back to the resort. If there's time enough you can have another offshore dive or two.
The food is great, they have an excellent chef and there's a menu with plenty of choices. Every day at lunch and dinner there are chef's specials - a choice of appetizer, choice of usually about four main entrees and a dessert. It's a great deal and wonderful food. For you fellow caffeine addicts you'll be glad to hear they make great espresso.
There is a lovely spa but I never got around to visiting it so I can't much comment other than it looks very inviting. There is also a nice pool with a bar next to it up behind the spa and it was a great place to take a dip after diving.
They have a small shop where you can get equipment you might need and they have lots of t-shirts and the like. If you need toiletries or snacks and the like you can take a taxi or car into town. We never had a reason to leave the resort our entire visit - everything we needed was right there.
They have pick up and drop off to the airport, about a 20 minute drive. Our driver, who took us to the airport, actually had us sit down while he stood in line with our passports and luggage and got us checked in for our flight. He didn't leave us until he saw that we were through all the formalities and in the waiting area.
I could go on but if you've read this far I think you've gotten my drift. We will definitely be returning to Dauin and Atlantis in the future. I want to swim with them turtles again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a thirty minute drive from the local airport (only a sixty minute flight from Manila), on a long peaceful stretch of beach, lies the lush and luxurious Atlantis Dive Resort. Surrounded by an amazing tropical garden with some of the rarest plants to be found in the Philippines it is just a short trip to some of the most renowned dive sites in Asia - Apo Island, Siquijor and of course the local Dauin Marine Sanctuaries. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline, Hotels.com, Expedia, Travelocity, Ctrip TA, Hotwire, TripOnline SA, Cancelon and Cheap Tickets so you can book your Atlantis Dive Resorts Dumaguete reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Atlantis Dive Resorts & Liveaboards Hotel Dumaguete City
- Atlantis Dive Resorts And Liveaboards
- Atlantis Hotel Dumaguete
- Atlantis Dive Resorts Dumaguete Dauin, Dumaguete City, Philippines