Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
 

Dive Review of Peleliu Divers/Dolphin Bay Resort in
Micronesia/Peleliu (Palau)

Peleliu Divers/Dolphin Bay Resort, Dec, 2008,

by Sandy Falen, KS, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 4625.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All of the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Sea of Cortez, Fiji, Tonga
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 130 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your own profile, just stay within range and come up after an hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I spent six days in Koror (staying at West Plaza By the Sea and diving with Sam's Tours, see separate review), then transferred by boat to Peleliu for two days, staying at Dolphin Bay Resort and diving with Peleliu Divers.

This is a great way to mix up your stay in Palau, without having to interrupt your diving with air travel. It's also a great way to reach those southern dive sites, while enjoying laughably short boat rides (10 minutes or less).

After the traffic and relative crowds in Koror, Peleliu was a breath of fresh air, and the vision of a peaceful, tropical paradise. The island has only a few hundred residents, no traffic, and few tourists. Dolphin Bay Resort (DBR) has been open for about two years, and it is just about perfect. Seven cottages front a gorgeous, sandy beach, offering spectacular sunsets from your own private deck. The cottages are solidly built, and beautifully appointed, with lovely, modern en suite facilites, a/c (no need for it), ceiling fan, mini-frig, and ample closet space. No TV, no phone, and I didn't miss them. Meals were in the open-air dining room, and the food was wonderful: fresh, local ingredients, homemade with care, and graciously served. This small resort is absolutely beautiful, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

Peleliu Divers is on site at DBR. Divers are transported by van to the boat dock, and from there, dive sites are a mere two to ten minutes away. The water is clearer here than further north, with stunning vis. The Peleliu Wall is gorgeous; I saw turtles and sharks, and an unexpected manta sailing by. In one sandy cut sat a giant clam, easily three feet across. The Peleliu Corner is less famous than its cousin further north, but the diving is very similar -- when the current is running, there's no telling what might swim past.

Service was gracious, and there were always two divemasters in the water -- that was great for me, as I was always hanging back from the rest of the dive group, and the second guide was happy to stay with me and let me move at my own, leisurely pace. Lunches were excellent, and on both days I enjoyed the fish sandwich, made with a generous slab of grilled kingfish.

Peleliu was the site of a very long and bloody battle in the waning months of WWII. As a result, the island is littered with artifacts. During one dive off of Orange Beach, I am quite sure I floated past an encrusted amphibious tank and other war relics, although the dive guides made no mention of them.

On my last morning in Peleliu, I took a private land tour with local historian, Tangie Hesus. The four-hour tour was a fascinating glimpse into the island's WWII history.

Peleliu is beautiful and friendly, and the diving is outstanding. Its quiet, laid back environment is not for everyone, but if I return to Palau, I'll spend more days there. My reservation for Peleliu and my boat transfer were arranged through Sam's Tours, making it very easy to plan my entire Palau stay.
Was this report helpful to you?
Bookmark and Share
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 381 dive reviews of Micronesia and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share
Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Reef & Rainforest, Let our experience be your guide -- Reef and Rainforest
Reef & Rainforest
is an agency for travelers that scuba dive. Looking for sharks, wrecks, kayaking, tropical islands? We specialize in adventures to Micronesia.
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams specializes in dive travel to Micronesia. We've dived there ourselves, and stand ready to customize your Micronesia scuba diving adventure.

Want to assemble your own collection of Micronesia reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home


Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!



Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |


Copyright © 1996-2017 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page displayed in 0.07 seconds