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Dive Review of Palau Siren/West Plaza By the Sea in
Micronesia/Palau

March, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by elizabeth idell, AL, US
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
"Palau Siren, A very Professional Liveaboard Experience"
Report Number 8171 has 3 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cocos, Socorro, Caribbean various locations, Africa, Sea of Cortez, Red
Sea, Coral Sea, Pacific Northwest USA, Gulf of Mexico, East coast Florida,
Southern Canada, Puget Sound, etc. 
Closest Airport
Koror
Getting There
United Airlines:
Atl-Hawaii-Guam-Koror. United
seems to be having LOTS of
maintenance issues. Also, 2
typhoons added to flight
issues. Entertainment systems
in AC do not work. If they are
working you need your own
external charger to watch on
your smart phone or tablet.
Food for sale 8-12 USD. This
is more than the $7 a day they
authorize if you have flight
cancelled for maintenance. 

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Our own profile. Maybe a few times. But the type of diving we were doing
made that impractical. On the other hand, we really weren't required to cut
dives short. We were consistently in the water from 60-80 minutes.   
Liveaboard?
yes 
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
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
N/A
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Comments
Camera tables were good. We still overflowed but that was worked out.
plenty of outlet ...
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Accommodations
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Food
5 stars
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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Beginners
3 stars   
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Comments  
I arrived early a couple of days and stayed at an adequate hotel. Hotels 
are not cheap and you can stay at a resort for far more money. I had a
clean room and the hotel had a place to eat, good breakfast, ok dinner.
WiFi cost either $5 for PMCN, very slow. Or $20 for Palau WiFi. I tried
both. Don't waste your time with the first. The second one is also slow but
if it isn't raining it will eventually work. Use the phone to talk on the
island. It's free. you can also buy a phone card that is about 20 minutes
for $20 if you want to call the States. I had to do this when having
problems with flights. The hotel, and many other establishments, offer US
Military and retired Military discounts at 50% cost. I arranged tours
through the hotel or with a taxi driver I got to know. Again, expect to pay
well for tours. After the Liveaboard 4 of us did a helicopter tour.
Certainly worth the $480 for 45 minutes with the doors off. O
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