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Tubbataha is a true gem. One day we had a whale shark, too many white tips, black tips and grey reef sharks to count them and… topping it, a manta. That same day other divers even saw a tiger shark! This is action. Icing on the cake was the manta that gently rubbed my housing dome port with its fin… yes, she came that close!
On a scale of 1-10 I rate the Azores Tubbataha cruise as a 15! Extraordinary diving, incredible crew and food worthy of the Cunard Liners. Looking down on the walls of the atoll is like flying a helicopter over a busy highway. Sharks cruise constantly and other pelagics swim by.
Best diving on the planet!
Beautiful reefs and walls covered with life!
I loved every single dive and spent the week grinning from ear to ear.
The night dives were out of this world. Magical.
Very easy diving from our skiffs. We had the reefs to ourselves.
Our guides could find anything and everything!
We played with dolphins and mantas before breakfast.
Wonderful experience! Saw so many things I’d never seen or even heard of.
Our recent trip to Tubbataha reef on board the Azores Atlantis was wonderful. Very good diving with a lot of big animals, surprisingly healthy and extensive coral gardens, excellent services and food on board, smooth logistics and professional attitude. Thanks a lot!!
Well, what can I say except what an amazing trip yet again, Fergal seems to have it all going in the right direction, the crew, instructors and DM’s we’re fantastic! “There is no point in going on the boat if you’re on a diet” Varry the chef is a credit to Atlantis; his food is amazing as is everyone else also.
“Recently returned from Tubbataha with Atlantis Azores and it was phenomenal!
From a liveaboard in this price range I expect two things: great diving support and great dining. Atlantis Azores delivered on both counts.”
Book to stay with Atlantis, and you can book with confidence, with Atlantis its all about quality and service, and they surpass themselves.
From your tastefully decorated, clean and bright rooms, to the kitchen, that prepares your meals from only the freshest of ingredients, the whole design is to keep you rested and relaxed so you can truly take advantage of the extremely knowledgeable dive teams, who will guide you through some of the best dive sites on the planet.
Atlantis offer exceptional value to the diver, and when comparing with other operators, its good to remember, that the bitterness of poor quality, remains long after the sweetness of a cheap deal is forgotten
We loved every minute of our time at Dumaguete. From our fresh coconut cocktail upon arrival, massages to die for, food mouth wateringly delicious, the beautiful setting and a staff that anticipated our every need made Atlantis Dive Resort the vacation of a lifetime. Every detail was taken care of from start to finish. Pick up and transfers went off without a hitch. Diving instructors that were incredible. Again, the staff make it wonderful. WE HOPE TO BE BACK SOON!
Really an unforgettable holiday!Is the Atlantis in Puerto Galera and Dumaguete have made it such.Resort, diving and services, excellent!Resort staff and diving really organized and kind!A great thanks to Luca B. for all!
The trip was absolutely wonderful! I don’t think your staff could have done much more for us to make us comfortable and make us want to return. Everyone had an absolutely fabulous trip at both properties.
Atlantis Azores Tubbataha Trip
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We loved every minute of our time at Dumaguete. From our fresh coconut cocktail upon arrival, massages to die for,…read more→
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“One Week on Land and One Week on Water”
Reviewed: September 2015
I spent an amazing two weeks on the Atlantis properties. The first week we lodged at the resort in Dumaguete and the second week aboard the Azores.
The Atlantis in Dumaguete has everything you need in a dive resort. When we arrived in Manila, the Atlantis staff greeted us in the international terminal and helped transfer us to the domestic terminal to Dumaguete. The staff was also waiting to collect us in Dumaguete and transferred us to the resort.
My room in Dumaguete was spacious, had 24/7 hot water shower, TV with local and English channels, and mini-refrigerator. Outside the room, there were 2 chairs, table and drying rack. The restaurant, which is situated on the beach, had tasty menu and fine selection of drinks.
The diving is great in Dumaguete is great especially if macro photography or video is your thing. The dive masters are very friendly and knowledgeable. The Atlantis has several boats to take divers to various sites. The dive shop is quite organized, upon arrival, you are assigned a large bin for to store your dive gear and hang your gear.
The spa on the resort was quite affordable and service was great for a post dive massage.
Aboard the Azores, the same level of service was delivered. The boat was very spacious with lots of areas to relax. The rooms were good for a liveaboard. The food varied and was tasty. Dive masters were quite friendly and helpful. There was ample space to charge photo and video gear plus an area to soak equipment in fresh water and air guns to help move sediments.
We did the Bohol tour, which was good. However, I was told the best tour is the seasonal Tubbbataha tour… just gives me another reason to return.
During the 2 weeks, I executed 44 enjoyable dives and would more than happily return to any Atlantis property.
Room Tip: Ask for an high floor ocean front room
Tubbataha is located in the Sulu Sea, at the center of the Coral Triangle between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Rarely visited due to its location and its status as a marine preserve, Tubbataha is made up of two reefs, simply referred to as the North and South Reefs. The North and South Reefs both enclose a sandy lagoon. On the southern tip is an islet with a lighthouse. This is used as a rookery for birds and is frequented by turtles.
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is home to no less than 573 species of fish, 373 species of corals, 11 species of sharks, 12 species of dolphins and whales, nestling hawksbill and green sea turtles.
Dive Day Schedule
- Day 1: NORTHERN TIP OF NORTH ATOLL
- Day 2: SOUTHERN END OF NORTH ATOLL
- Day 3: NORTHERN TIP OF SOUTH ATOLL
- Day 4: SOUTHERN END OF SOUTH ATOLL
- Day 5: SOUTHEAST OF NORTH ATOLL
- Day 6: JESSIE BEAZLEY REEF
Northern Tip of North Atoll
Fissures and crevices lead into it where nurse and whitetip reef sharks can be found resting during the day. Small manta rays, stingrays and spotted eagle rays, together with numerous turtles have all been spotted. The wall has huge gorgonian fan corals, soft corals and barrel sponges. Blacktip, whitetip and grey reef sharks can normally be seen patrolling here in numbers.
Southern End of North Atoll
Malayan, Wallstreet and Amos Rock are the pick of the dive sites. Fans and macro will enjoy these sites with Denise pygmy seahorses clinging to the sea fans. See scorpion fish, moray eels and even ghost pipefish. Don’t worry pelagic fans, you can still see huge dogtooth tuna, sharks and spanish mackerel in the blue.
Northern Tip of South Atoll
Highlights include Black Rock, T Wreck and Eiger Wall. You will lose count of the number of green and hawksbill turtles in the area. Look out for marble stingrays in the sand. Eagle rays often cruise by and expect to see large grouper and giant trevally.
Southern End of South Atoll
This area is known for its lighthouse and is home to famous divesites Delsan Wreck and Black Rock. Hammerheads are the most prized sighting here as well as occasional whale sharks passing by. Look out for guitar sharks in the shallows.
Jessie Beazley Reef
The charter finishes with a couple of dives at Jessie Beazley Reef. You can see schools of bumphead parrotfish munching on the corals. Watch out for inquisitive napoleon wrasse. The shallow reefs are full of colorful tropical fish like the regal angelfish and titan triggerfish.
Southern End of North Atoll
The dive starts on a gentle slope that is covered in superb unmolested corals and ends with a wall covered with dramatic gorgonian fans where sharp eyed divers can often spot pygmy seahorses. If there’s current, you’ll come across a wide variety of large fish, including narrow-barred spanish mackerel, giant trevally, red snapper, napoleon wrasse and giant groupers.
You’re almost certain to see whitetip and grey reef sharks. Look out for manta rays, spotted eagle rays and both green and hawksbill turtles closer to the surface. Other fish that can be seen include rainbow runners, african pompano, angel fish, leaf scorpion fish, fire dart fish and down deeper, decorated dart fish.