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Dive Review of Splash Dive Center/Palau Pacific Resort in

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by DEBORAH L HOBSON, VA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6180
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Phillippines, Caymans, Cozumel, Bonaire, Bahamas, US, Hawaii, St.
Kitts, Florida, North Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive in groups with conservative profiles  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No special facilities, but were careful and helpful with equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
The diving reminded us of Cozumel before the cruise ship destroyed it.
Large variety of life, many large fish such as sharks, rays, and turtles.
Reefs were healthy. Boat rides were 45 minutes to an hour, with
hour-and-a-half surface interval. You can plan on spending most of the day
on the boat. Staff and crew took good care of us, but quality and
engagement levels of dive guides were highly variable.

Shore entertainment was plentiful. Town was a quick cab ride away, with
many reasonable restaurants. We recommend Jyu Jyu and the Penthouse Hotel
restaurant - call ahead to reserve lobster or coconut crab.

Rates at the Palau Pacific are high, and staff are paid only $2.00 per hour
- find somewhere more reasonable to stay. We will be looking at the
Caroline Hotel (Bungalows) for our next visit - and we look forward to a

Weather was bad during several days of our stay and limited the choice of
dive sites. Be sure to bring rain gear for the boat.

Travel to Palau is expensive, and we shopped pretty hard for good fares. 
This is one of the best dive trips we've been on, with just the right mix
of diving and shore activities. The diving was definitely some of the best
we've been on, and we really want to return for another visit.
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