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Dive Review of Sam's Tours/Palau Pacific Resort in
Micronesia/Palau

Sam's Tours/Palau Pacific Resort, Dec, 2003,

by David Shem-Tov, NA, UK (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 990.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Tahiti, Truk, Laccadives, Red Sea, Mediterranean, UK, Norway, Carribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 30 to 0 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 50 bar
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments At Sam's they went out of their way to please us. Minor complaints were immediately and satisfactorily addressed. A couple of Sam's guides were either a little patronising or jaded. Fortunately, discreet requests to switch were immediately accomodated, as were requests to be placed in less crowded boats (we were there at the Xmas break) or to join trips to different areas. Particularly commendable of the admin staff was the Swiss Ops Manager.

We enjoyed diving with Jonas on the days he was available for us. If he does start a Northern Palau operation, we would certainly consider staying with him on a future trip. Unfortunately, the day we went to the North with him to look for mantas had very poor visibility. I was one of these able to see one, but others didn't. I commend him for trying to vary our experience and balancing so well so many requests. In fact, if you travel with relatively inexperienced kids, Jonas will ensure they will have as good a time as advanced divers on the same boat. That is quite a skill.

On one of the days Jonas was not available, we dove with Janathon Iyekar, a four foot Palauan bundle of infectious enthusiasm and energy who led us on the most exciting dive we ever had at Blue Corner. I would unhesitatingly say that if Jonas leaves, Jonathon will be the best guide at Sam's.

PPR is pleasant, though overpriced. The restaurant is still as poor as ever. You are best to eat off-site.
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