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Dive Review of Fish 'n Fins and Splash/Palau Pacific Resort in

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Stewart A Roy, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 5451
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Channel Islands-California, Fiji, Roatan, Bikini Atol, Truk, Cayman, Turks
and Cacios
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
84   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions if qualified (Instructor). No Deco allowed. Dive profile
was explained but no probs if deeper if you ended with 300psi and was able
to have a BT of 60min or longer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
FNF boat had no dedicated camera bucket/storage. When requested one, there
was a bucket the next day. Had the occasion to dive one more day with
Splash which is located at PPR. Wonderful all around, better boat with more
stability and faster, better front office staff, great dive positon with
dedicated personal gear storage and dedicated dry gear storage. Dedicated
camera area on table (2 large shelves) at stern of boat. Of the 2, Splash
is better all around for UWP and diving in general and would rather dive
with them if returning. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
Addl comment re FNF/Splash..Nitrox is free at FNF which is great and quite
realistic since no dive was deeper than 125ft. There was an addl charge at
Splash for Nitrox. Retail charges for diving was the same for both
companies.  Dive Guides were excellent for both.  PPR is a 5 star hotel
with excellent services that one would and should expect in a hotel of that
rating. Excellent beach for snorkeling giant clams right in front of the
hotel. Pricey food but reasonable charges off their menu or at the bar if
you wanted. Ate in town for dinners some nites and was excellent food and
the front desk or diving operations gave suggestions for local eateries. 
Had been in Palau before and nothing has changed in the diving in the last
7 yrs. WW2 wrecks if requested was handled well. Did Jelly Fish Lake and
the trail/dock was much improved since the last time I was there.  Blue
Corner is still Blue Corner..the best dive site in the world. Currents were
manageable using a reef hook and the guides helped those that had
difficulties getting their hook in the right positon.  Most of the currents
at Blue Corner (did twice) and at the Cut/Express were 2-4knots and was
manageable if you stayed low and didn't quit on the kicking to set your
hook. I think free diving fins would have been more efficient (all the
guides used them) although my Atomics did fine.  Palau is the most
beautiful and still the best overall diving that I have done in over 3000
dives. One in our group was an ex student of mine and was the only OW diver
out of 8-all others Advanced or above-and he had no difficulties at all.
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By sturoy at Oct 29, 2014 17:08 EST  
Been to Palau 4 times and keep going back. PPR is a wonderful resort with
on site diving company that takes care of the gear. People like liveaboards
in Palau but with a liveaboard, you miss the topside topography which is a
photographer's dream going thru the rock islands on the way to the dive
site. Worth the trip!
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