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DESCRIPTION:
Atlantis Bay Resort is operated by the Scuba Corner dive outfit based in Singapore. The reality for all resorts in Pulau Aur and Pulau Dayang, with the exception of Bluewater Resort, is that these operators from across the causeway are leasing the beach-fronting parcels from the land owners in both islands to erect the resorts. Hence, Atlantis Bay Resort is no exception.

During my visit, the friendly local representative greeted me whilst waiting for the incoming speedboats from Mersing where the appointed dive instructors and operators from Singapore were scheduled to arrive for weekend dive trips. Then, the resort is unofficially closed when the weekend is over when the dive trips are over.

FACILITIES:
The facilities are very basic and can best be described as somewhat uncomfortable. While Scuba Corner often describes their rooms are adequately comfortable, in all honesty, the resort is not for everyone. Most rooms are offered on quad-sharing basis, although twin-sharing can be pre-arranged at higher rates. I thought the steel-framed single beds with decidedly thin mattresses did not look all too relaxing. Not to mention most rooms do not have air conditioning. So there, if you are ready for some discomforts to dive at this fabulous island, these facts should not be a great hindrance.

Other than that, the resort hosts a small café which serves buffet meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After all, most guests here come under the all-inclusive packages, hence their hunger can be well satiated with the average-looking buffet spreads.

Most important facility here is probably the dive centre itself. After all, prolific dive sites are what Pulau Aur is known for (instead of architecturally-pleasing resorts with landscaped gardens and ever-functioning A/C). I did notice the number of equipment, especially the BCDs and regulators were not enough during a big weekend crowd. In that case, operators from Singapore will duly arrange to bring extra diving paraphernalia from the city-state.   

ATTRACTIONS:
The resort is fronting the private beach of Teluk Ba'ai. Hence, when having your buffet meals, you can sit on the sandy beach to enjoy the view. I do feel that the beach of Teluk Ba'ai is comfortably beautiful, at least after a long day of multiple dives (it is not uncommon to squeeze 4 dives within one day if you are up for it).

PRICING:
The rate for a 3D2N diving package is RM610 per person which includes 6 dives. For non-diving package, the rate is RM450 per person. The package should also include the return boat trip from Mersing jetty, all meals and the quad- or twin-sharing accommodation.

There could be slight variations in rates if you opt for a 2D1N package. In that case, you will depart from Mersing jetty in the early morning by speedboat and should arrive at the resort around 1000hrs, just in time for the first dive trip of the day. For the exact package rates in either MYR or SGD, you will need to be in touch with Scuba Corner in Singapore.

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