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Dive Review of Sam's Tours/West Plaza, Desekel in

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Charles Menbeck, Illinois, USA
Report Number 1627
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Indonesia, Yap,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
My second time here. Nice to be back after 5 years. I noticed Sam's had
expanded operations from about 4 boats to 8 boats now. Seasonality may have
something to do with that. Very well run and professionally organized dive
operation. Divemasters Keith, Jim K, Dexter, and Steffan, all top notch.
Last time I was here, we did Blue Corner just about everyday, with good
reason too. This time, the dive itinerary was quite varied. Did Blue Holes,
Blue Corner (lots of sharks, turtles and schools of fish), Siaes Tunnel
(cavern at about 100'), Siaes Corner, Turtle Cove, Peleliu Wall, Peleliu
Yellow Wall/Express (4+ knots drift dive), German Channel (Manta Rays),
Ulong Channel (more sharks and monstrous sized barracudas), and
Jim's/Dexter's Wall (near Blue Corner with  all the same action). The Blue
Corner this time around had a stronger current on the wall when we reef
hooked down to the reef. I was told it was because we were there on a full
moon resulting in stronger tides. Went to the famed Jellyfish Lake on my
last day. It was definitely worth it as it is truly an anomaly seeing so
many jellyfish isolated in a lake and loosing their ability to sting over
the evolutionary time period since they were separated from the sea. You
have to do a short hike to get there. Would spend time at the end of the
dive day having a cheesburger with a cold Beer (Budweiser) while watching
the other dive boats come in. Nice and relaxing. Would also eat in town
near the hotel at the Rock Island Cafe, where the menu was quite varied and
included American style dishes. They have an internet cafe there too where
you can spend time catching up on your email and the web if you wish. The
West Plaza Hotel Desekel is conviently located in town and right above a
small grocery store. They're very nice people running the hotel. The
airport transfers between the hotel and airport were very smooth.
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