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Dive Review of Fish 'n Fins/Palau Royal Resort in

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
Top Contributor   (62 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6311
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Socorros, PNG, GBR, Solomons, Vanuatu,
Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Yap, Korsae, Chuuk  
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Deco; 1 hour  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Fish 'n Fins had camera rinse available both dockside on the dive boat. No
camera table on dive boat. Crew handled camera gear efficiently and

Very limited macro-photography marine life.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Fish 'n Fins runs day boats out of Koror to the most popular dive sites.
The boat rides are about 45 minutes each way. The boats have fairly
spacious, covered dive stations and dry storage areas. Water bottles are
provided but no towels. Dive trips can be either 2 or 3 tanks sometimes
returning to Koror after the 2nd tank. Lunch (usually a sandwich) is taken
on a beach. Lunch is provided for both 2 and 3 tank trips. Fish 'n Fins has
gear rinse tanks and gear storage.

The dive crew was generally helpful and friendly but had a bit of a
tendency to over-manage the divers. In addition, the dive guides went to
fast while touring walls and coral gardens. On one occasion, the dive guide
showed my some bi-color dartfish, which I proceeded to photograph. Then,
within a minute or 2, he motioned for me to keep up with the rest of the
divers. WTF!! Fish 'n Fins provided daily transportation to/from the Palau
Royal Resort.

The Palau Royal Resort (PRR) is centrally located south of downtown Koror
near both Fish 'n Fins and Neco Marine. It provides nice rooms and good
food but is somewhat pricey. It has a big pool, a small beach and a
man-made, shallow reef. There is no in-room WiFi; WiFi is available in the
restaurant at no charge. I was taken aback when I read the notice in the
bathroom that the water was not potable. PRR provided 2 complimentary
bottles of water. Not enough for a  5 night stay. Thereafter, drinkable
water had to be purchased in the gift shop. Pretty tacky for a rather
expensive resort.

The staff at the PRR was generally helpful and friendly.
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