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Dive Review of Sam's Tours/Palau Pacific in

February, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Harry E. White, NY, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 1145
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
NY; Canada; North Carolina; Florida; Bahamas; Bermuda; Aruba; Maldives;
Curacao; bonaire;St Kitts; France; Turkey; Scotland; Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Hotel was excellent, probably the best hotel catering to divers I have ever
stayed in but it had quirks.  While dining room (which served buffet style)
offered to serve ala carte, service was bad and bill was usually wrong;
separate ala cart had dress code so that it was unused.  The beach bar was
good, fast, and billed correctly.

Sam's did a decent but not a great great.  20 years ago, I dove with Fish
'n Fins when Francis was still leading trips; they were much better. 
Diveleader always wanted to go to same sites (around German Channel), which
entailed a long boat ride.  There were good sites much closer.  Dive monkey
broke my prescription mask; there was no offer to repair (the shop at Palau
Pacific repaired without charge).  Over the last 20 years, marine life
declined in both quality and quantity; but then this time we did not see
the variety of sites we saw before.
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