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

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Sandy Falen, KS, USA
Sr. Contributor   (23 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4625
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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

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
130   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your own profile, just stay within range and come up after an hour.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
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.
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