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Dive Review of Fish 'n Fins/PPR and West Plaza by the Sea in

February, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Bloomer, IL, US
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All through the Caribbean, US, Hawaii, South Pacific.
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No real restrictions.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
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The boats don't have accommodations for cameras. I use a collapsible cooler
that works great but there is not a lot of extra room on their boats.
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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5 stars  

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Value for $$
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3 stars   
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We had to start our stay at West Plaza by the Sea...Ugh due to an Asian
holiday that had PPR booked. The place is worn down and depressing. It was
clean but that is about all I can say for it. Luckily we only had 2 days
there and on to Palau Pacific Resort.  For Americans there probably isn't a
better choice on the island. The resort is very nice and there is a great
beach bar to swap stories. The restaurant is very expensive so most meals
we went to town. 

Fish n Fins is a different operation. The dive shop is not well organized,
the woman who works the counter doesn't seem to know how to get paperwork
setup when you first arrive.  She was very slow and helping with small
purchas ...
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By lyndad2 at Mar 13, 2013 11:28 EST  
The above report just supports my view that the best Palau diving
experience is aboard a liveaboard.  Good value for what you get, compared
to the daily rate at PPR, hassle with day boats, etc.  Liveaboard gets you
to the dive sites ahead of the day boats and the option to change sites in
the afternoon if there are other boats there. Can't beat 5 dives a day and
one-time set up for your gear. Going on Tropic Dancer in July.  Did Palau
Aggressor in Sep 2010.
By JulieSF at Sep 05, 2013 02:07 EST  
I have dived Palau a lot.  Sam's Tours is a great dive operator.  Office is
well organized, gear can be left in storage locker at night.  Dive staff is
very helpful and friendly.  Whoever said Sam's caters to Asians was
misinformed.  About half of the divers are usually Americans, with a lot of
Europeans and a few Asians.  Try Sam's and I am sure you will be pleased. 
Julie Finley.
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