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Dive Review of Manta Ray Bay and Palau Pacific Resort in

March, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by anne warburton, ca, usa
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 1297
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Same as report just filed
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
73   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi upon return to the boat   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
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
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
water tanks for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Saw many mantas on our three dive days with Yap Divers.  Water was very
murky in the channel so photography not great. Life in the channel included
crocodile fish, sharks, morays, turtles and more. Outside the channel, the
coral and critter life on the one wall dive we did was an A+, water was
clear and little current.  We went overboard into 3-4 foot waves and
immediately saw 8-9 circling reef sharks.  We later found out that the
sharks come to feed after the boat circles 2-3 times. Also, saw many
mandarin fish at Rainbow Reef.  Good diving while we were there but one
week later the cyclone hit.
Palau is as good as everyone says.  Lots of large fish, schools of many
different types of fish, turtles, great coral, clear water and a requested
dive to see the nautilus.  It was all fantastic.  At Blue Corner an eagle
ray hung for about 5 minutes 6 inches from my son while we were hooked on
the reef. An eagle ray swam around me within inches on another dive. So
many great experiences on this trip.    
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