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Dive Review of Fish 'N Fins/Palau Pacific Resort in

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by John Sommerer, MD, United States
Report Number 1054
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Indonesia, Micronesia, PNG, Polynesia,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
One hour time limit for most dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 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  
4 stars  
No rinse on boats, no good storage. Good handling by staff. Excellent rinse
tank at dock.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
Second trip to Palau, arranged on short notice when previous destination
messed up by a typhoon--kudos to Trip 'n Tour for their help. PPR an
outstanding resort, with excellent staff and service. Fish 'n Fins a
quality dive operation, with excellent, mostly Palauan divemasters (and
they were better than the European and Japanese divemasters -- they REALLY
know the sites). Did a land-based trip because this was a significant
anniversary and we wanted a nice room ashore, but prefer diving Palau from
a liveaboard. The boat trips through the Rock Islands are nice, but kill
two hours per day, and can be rough if the wind is up or it's raining.
Also, liveaboards let you do the prime sites with a minimum of other
divers; we showed up for Blue Corner one morning to find over a dozen day
boats. Speaking of liveaboards, Navot Bornovski gave us a tour of the brand
new Ocean Hunter II, and she's a beauty! The so-called Compact Road around
Babeldaob is under active construction (we did the complete loop on our
last day -- a very rough ride) and will be finished "soon," and a
new Capital is mostly built at Melekeok up north. Things are going to
change a lot in the near future. Koror a diving ghetto with huge beach
resorts all around Babeldaob? I sure hope not. Try the Carp Restaurant for
mangrove crabs; they're the real thing, only sold when fresh, and
delicious; some of the "fancier" places try to pass off something
like a Dungeness or swimming crab, which was previously frozen. 
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