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Dive Review of Eco Explorer in

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Ralph Baker, NV, USA
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Report Number 4177
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Komodo,Solomons,Coco Isl.,British Columbia, Australia,California,Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
84   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
must have a buddy, must dive with the group  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
The weather in Palau in May was horrible so my experience on the trip was
impacted by that. If the diving is great, I will have a great time,
regardless of the boat or crew. But, if the weather is bad, then a boat's
crew can make or break the trip.  

The wind came up and forced all the dive boats back to Koror.  When that
happens it takes a really good crew to make the most of a bad situation.
The Eco Explorer's crew didn't have the experience to meet that demand. 
The regular dive master was absent, and the crew that was left was
inexperienced, and didn't know the dive sites. They  couldn't time the
tides, and we were almost always diving when the tide was coming out of the
lagoon. This caused very bad visibility.  When we had to go into Koror
after only a few days of poor visibility, we dove the same two wrecks in
even worse visibility for three days. We did four dives a day, but we
alternated the same two wrecks for each dive. I stopped diving altogether
the last day because I got tired of going to the same places with extremely
poor visibilty. The dive masters really did try, but they were just were
not familiar enough with the dive sites. When they couldn't find the
electric clam at Blue Hole, it was clear they hadn't been to the dive site
much. After all, clams usually don't move. Oh well, better weather next

The boat was not clean.  It was infested with roaches. Evidently, it is
fumagated once a year when it goes back to the Philippines. This was the
boat's last month before returning to the Philippines. Turn on the air
conditioner and watch the little critters run!  In the bathroom, there was
a rinse cup that still had a toothpaste cap from the previous occupant
floating in it.  By the end of the week the water in that cup appeared to
be evolving into a living thing.  There was a sign stating that you should
not drink the water from the tap.  

The highlights on the trip were Blue Corner and Blue Hole.  I was told that
Blue Corner is best when the moon is full. This is when we hit it, and the
dive was fun. The sharks were about 5 ft long and plentiful. I also saw
mantas, but they were about 30 feet above us. I also saw one leopard

Palau is worth the trip, but as in any dive location where there are
weather challenges, you need an experienced crew to know where to go to
still get some good diving. This crew wasn't experienced, and as a result,
this was a bad trip.      
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