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Dive Review of Dive Palau/Palau in

March, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by scott johnson, ca, usa
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports)
Report Number 3243
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Christmas Island, Rangiroa, Fakarava, Costa Rica, Red Sea, Australia,
Galapagos, Hawaii, Bali, east Timor etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    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
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
March 1st thru the 14thI believe this is my 7th trip report on Palau in as
many years. Again this year I had a very well known person sitting next to
me flying to Palau. Dan Bailey who has discovered many of the wrecks in
Truk and Palau. He pulled out his books he has published on Palau and Truk
and showed me many of the original wreck pictures as they were discovered
before us divers got to them. He does remarkable work with the people who are still trying to locate MIAs from WWII. I was
fortunate to be able to attend his talk during wreck week at Sams and have
dinner with him one evening. During the week I was there, Pat with BentStar
along with other speakers was giving a presentation nightly about WWII.

The Diving, again the best and diving with Keith Santillano of Dive
Palau..( was again the best! This year for the first time I
noticed a few thermoclines down to a bone chilling 79 degrees..usually is
and was 82 to 83. Also visibility was not as good as usual but the weather
was a vast improvement over last year. With the cooler currents rising from
below a few people had been spotting the Great Hammerheads.Not me!....The
first dive at the Blue corner was fabulous as usual. I was Down at about
95 I could see about 30 below me a very large school of schooling Grey
reef sharks with a big Silvertip (about 9) in the middle of them. Did the
Ulong channel a couple of times what a great dive.the Cabbage patch coral,
croc fish, sharks, wrasses, giant clams etc etc.Had my first 75 minute
dive. One of my favorite dive sites Turtle cove this year had visibility
problems.although Turtle cove usually only has 60 vis this time it was
30 to 50 a little disappointing. The further north you went the vis was
better. Overall this is still the most diversified place I have dove. 
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