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Dive Review of Big Blue Explorer in
Micronesia/Palau

March, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Lathrop, CA, USA
Report Number 1336
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau 03, Fiji, Maui, California, Florida, Bahamas, Mexico.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
73   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives except night dives were very guided due to the extreme currents. 
Max depth and time were enforced.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was my second trip to Big Blue. The year prior I went with my buddie
and found the boat that advertized 18 max divers had 24.  We were given a
comlementary trip back this year and had only 10 other divers, what a
difference.  The Big Blue is huge so on the mother boat 20 plus divers is
not a problem but in the skiffs you notice a huge difference.  Also the
dive groups were more relaxed on the time limits with fewer divers to worry
about.

Lynn the cruise director did a great job but Terry our divemaster who had
been on the boat during our first trip is great.  Overall the entrie crew
is wonderfull.

We had missed a typhoon by one week and even though our weather was perfect
the currents brought in some very cold water.  My 3 mil was no match for
the low 70's water (I will always bring more thermal protection even in the
tropics).

This is a great trip and is priced right.  We all received a free DVD of
the trip which was a nice touch.
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