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Dive Review of Fish 'n Fins/West Plaza Desekel in
Micronesia/Palau

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Michael N. Hofman, CA, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6768
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Belize, other Caribbean, Indoensia: Raja Ampat,
Bali, Komodo, Gorontolo, Wakatobi, Raja4Divers, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depending on timetable and who was diving we would do hour dives or much
longer.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
FNF is used to having photogs around and staff and boat crews are very good
with camera gear.  usually 5 gallon plastic bins with fresh water.  They
also have a professional around who not only does videos but also can help
with problems or suggestions.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
It's hard to point out "the bad" with a dive operation we've used
many times in the past.  Fish'N fins has a long history in Palau and the
current owners are very respectful of that history, their clients and
Palau's great people and environment.  The operation is geared towards
groups who come for a week or so from all over the world, so individual
divers might tend to get lost in the shuffle, until you speak up and get
sorted out.  Our group of four wanted to 3 dives a day, and it took a few
days to get that figured out, but once we did it was super -- 3 dives in
the best areas each day with a boat full of others who wanted to do the
same.
Everyone's talked about the great diving here and what's great to do: one
of our highlights was going with Tova Bornovski when she went to do a
presentation to Palau's environmental officers on the sharks of Palau.  
She has founded an NGO to focus on Micronesia's shark population, much
needed and a great organization.
There are now many choices of places to stay in Palau.  We have chosen the
West Plaza for their simplicity and convenience.  Desekel is close  to the
FNF dive shop and to town, WP Malakal is near to other restaurants and the
piers.
If you're interested in something different to do the last day, consider
the off-road adventures FNF offers. Friends did it and had a great time
(it's in self-drive off-road jeeps with a guide)!
Palau has currents which can be quite strong -- may not be the best place
for beginning divers!
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