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Dive Review of Fish n Fin/Palau Pacific Resort in
Micronesia/Palau

Fish n Fin/Palau Pacific Resort, Mar, 2009,

by Lynn Hudak, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4720.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Roatan, Taveuni, Fiji, Kadavu, Fiji, Tuamotu Atolls, French Polynesia, Maldives
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 back!
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