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Dive Review of Fish n Fin/Palau Pacific Resort in

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Lynn Hudak, CA, USA
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Report Number 4720
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Taveuni, Fiji, Kadavu, Fiji, Tuamotu Atolls, French Polynesia,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to 120    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
  3 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  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
WE've been to Palau 5 times before, so we pretty much knew what to expect
with regard to diving, temp, conditions,etc.  The Palau Pacific is a
wonderful resort with a nice beach and a nice reef for snorkeling.  They
added a spa last year and the massage therapists are great.  It is,
however, quite expensive.
If you want to go to Palau more economically, the folks at Fish n Fins can
arrange a trip for you with quite a few options for accommodations that
won't break the bank.  We heard reports from other divers that Rose Garden
Resort was comfortable with good food.
Palau is a long flight from the US, but the diving is very much worth it. 
We've dived with Fish n Fins 3 times now and with another dive operator
twice and have found Fish n Fins to be much more accommodating and
personal.  They really worked hard to be sure we got to the dive sites we
were interested in and they tried to group divers of similar abilities. 
The boat drivers are great and the rides to the dive sites are a pure
scenic pleasure.  The dive masters are well trained, professional,
appropriately careful, knowledgeable  and fun.
This trip was special for us because it was Shark Week, which is a Fish n
Fins annual event.  They had speakers at the patio/restaurant outside the
dive shop each night.  The gatherings provided an opportunity to mingle
with other divers who love sharks and to learn more about shark behaviors
and the dangers to worldwide shark populations. Underwater cameraman and
videographer, Richard Brooks, made a wonderful video which Fish n Fins gave
to all the participants.  We were asked to record the numbers and types of
sharks we observed on each dive, and there were lots of them.
The owners of Fish n Fins, Tova and Navot Bornovski, are very involved in
the conservation movement in Palau and are a wealth of information.  The
boats are fast and comfortable.   The lunches, which are most often taken
on the most beautiful, uninhabited islands you could possible imagine, are
great.  The office staff is very efficient and helpful.  And you end up
feeling like family before the trip is over!  Fish n Fins also has 2
liveaboards so for those of you who want to dive, dive, dive, that is an
option too. Each trip with Fish n Fins is too short.  We can't wait to go
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