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

December, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by David Shem-Tov, NA, UK
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 990
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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

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
30   to 0    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
50 bar  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
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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