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Dive Review of Dive Palau/Palau Dive in

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by scott johnson, ca, usa
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports)
Report Number 2338
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Red sea, Truk, Sipadan, Cozumel, NC wreck diving, Australia,
Hawaii-Kona, Costa Rica and a couple of others
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
[None]I was not looking forward to my 20+ hour-long trip to Palau. Upon
Boarding in LA for my flight to Hawaii then on to Guam, the Captain made an
announcement I would like to Welcome all the Iwo Jima reunion Veterans on
board. I happened to be a very lucky American that day! There were over
100 USMC vets from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. Sitting in front of me
was General Haynes; his regiment raised the flag on Mount Sirbachi. Across
from me in the center isle was General Snowden, behind me was Colonial
Wiedhahnall veterans from Iwo. Next to me was Colonel John W. Ripley,
former commander in the USMC and the Royal Marines now Director of the USMC
historical I said I was a very lucky American that day to
meet people who were involved in changing history and helped us enjoy the
freedoms we have today.Like Diving! Now my diving report.

Palauas usual wonderful! I was there from March 5 through the 16th. The
water temps were always between 82 to 84 degrees. This year the weather was
a little bit of a factor. I dove a total of 10 days. The first 4 days were
overcast and rainy, the next 4 were the perfect March-Palau weather. The
last two days were again cloudy and rainy. The last day we were at the Big
Dropoff and a squall came in. We normally have a one-hour trip back to
Sams. This boat ride was almost two hours and it was one of those trips
that make you wonder is this worth it! Kevin veteran of Sams got seasick
and said it was one of his worst boat rides.

This year I dove 9 of the 10 days with Keith Santillano of Dive Palau/Palau
Dive. He recently left Sams to again work on development of his business.
What a great time no more than 6 people on board and most of the time only
4 of us. This year I did a couple of new sites and revisited a couple of
old ones which I saw something new. I have never been to Siaes corner, what
a great dive! Ripping current for a reef hook up. Great Wall, Sharks,
schools of Moorish Idols, Lionfish, Barracuda, Eagle Rays and a lot more. I
also did Turtle Wall, again a lot of the same thing.Both wonderful dives.
Probably one of the number one dive spots in the world is the Blue Corner!
This year (due to the moon phase) no ripping current for a reef hookup on
the five dives I did. But did I discover the Blue Corner wall and the
Plateau! Saw a school of a dozen or so of the largest Bumphead Parrot fish
I have ever seen, some looked like they could have been between 200 to 300
lbs. The largest Chevron Barracudas I have seen, Lionfish five at one time,
Turtles..and on two dives I saw Sharks, Giant Trevallys, Napoleon Wrasses
all feeding at the same time. I did get much closer than 10 feet aswell it
did not look safe. Looking over the corner (that you normally hook up on)
hundreds of swirling Barracudas and or Trevallys. WOW!

Palau will never disappointcannot wait until 2007!
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