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

Fish 'n Fins/PPR and West Plaza by the Sea, Feb, 2013,

by Jeff Bloomer, IL, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports). Report 6915.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All through the Caribbean, US, Hawaii, South Pacific.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas
Water Temp 82 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No real restrictions.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments 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. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US 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 Julie Finley in CA, US 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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