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Dive Review of Fish n Fins (FNF) in

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Berger, CA, Us
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Report Number 1797
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Sea of Cortez, Grand Cayman, Maylasia, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
It was follow the leader but you had to come up at 60 minutes or 700psi. 
When I protested the divemaster didn't seem to think that was too soon. I
surfaced after the first dive with 950psi..and showed him. I wanted to stay
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was a cattle boat operation from the get go.  On our first dive we had
a full boat of advanced experienced divers, three of which were master
instructors, all of which had done over 15 dives in the previous week.  The
divemaster was informed, and yet we still did a check dive at a site with
little growth, current, or much to see, other than a verticle wall that
went into the blue abyss. (a waste of half a dive day) The 60 min dive
limit on any profile was limiting as some dives were shallow and the dive
master would start organizing the end of the dive at 45 min...I would come
up with over 850psi and wanted to say down for another 10-15min.  That is
why I went!! On our third  day FNF wanted to put snorkelers on our boat but
instead  we had new divers (their first day)  put on our boat and we had to
do the check dive nonsense again with them and could not go to Shark
City,an advanced site, that was close  to the other sites that we were
going to that day.  The best way to go is with a large enough group to run
your own boat and not have to dive the site that is best for the least
skilled diver.  One drift dive through the Ulong Channel was the best ever.
 The undersea life is abundant, exciting, and worth the trip.  I have never
seen so many sharks, schools of barracuda, turtles, clams, jacks, etc. Just
want more time to stay with the beauty and enviroment.   FNF trys to be
helpful but if someone shows up to dive they will put them on any available
boat.  That is the problem with this kind of business, costs of fuel,
skills of clients, and economics of providing dive services profitable.  We
 had a small group that had excellent air consumption and had to make
almost every dive short. FNF trys to do a good job and their facility is
very good.  Their boats are in good condition and their divemasters are
knowledgable.  The briefings were good and the lunches were at beautiful
beaches. The food was OK, simple and filling but nothing special. And
everything costs a "little extra"...Palau is beautiful, the
sharks are elegant, and I plan to go again some day.
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