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Dive Review of Dive Palau/Palau Pacific Resort in

October, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Marc & Maureen Duggan, CA, United States
Report Number 1289
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 175    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):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Freshwater rinse tank (fine for my video equipment), but no processing,
etc. onboard.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
What a wonderful trip. Started out suspect as light rain and winds greeted
us on arrival day, but blew out for a week of sun and calm water. Keith
Santillano (the owner of Dive Palau) and Yuka were excellent dive guides,
allowing us to request dive sites, profiles, and what we wanted to see.
Very attentive to each diver's needs/abilities and the group as a whole.
Knowledgeable about local tides/currents and executed dives accordingly to
make each dive as relaxed as possible. Very detailed dive briefings
included current information (such as Blue Corner) to make dives/approaches
as easy as possible. Underwater brought black tips, white tips, sea
turtles, spotted eagle rays, octopus (1), giant clams, black spotted
barracuda. Keith's favorite fish to find were small leaf fish. He was often
writing on his slate to identify what we were looking at. Some coral
bleaching. Favorite dive sites: Blue Corner (a must, with reef hooks --
hang on and enjoy the ride/view), Blue Holes, Ulong Channel, Chandelier
Caves, and the Iro wreck. Also snorkel in Jellyfish lake at least once
(however, it's a long uphill hike back to the lake from the boat dock).
Most dive sites are down south and take awhile to get to, so the return to
the resort isn't until day's end. Palau Pacific Resort was top notch. Rooms
were well maintained, right on the water, and food was excellent. A typical
day consisted of waking up, walking to the breakfast buffet with fresh-made
omelets to order, walk back to the dock, go out for a 3-dive day that
includes tying up to small rock islands or secluded beaches for surface
intervals and lunch. We didn't want to leave...
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