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Dive Review of Fish n Fins (FNF) in
Micronesia

Fish n Fins (FNF), Jul, 2005,

by Mark Berger, CA, Us (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 1797.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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 longer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 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 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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