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Dive Review of Splash/Palau Pacific Resort in
Micronesia

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Rose Mueller , FL, US
Contributor   (16 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5458
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Papua New Guinea, Coral Sea, Caribbean, Solomon Islands, Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
As this is our 10th visit to Palau and Splash we are free to dive as we
please.  Observing a first time visitor, the checkout dive is not obvious,
but decisions are made by the divemasters as to competency and allowances
are made accordingly.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
There was fresh water to soak our cameras on the boat.  There is also a
rinse tank at Splash.  Any special needs would be accommodated by simply
asking.  I've never been anywhere where the peole are so willing and eager
to please.  I dive with a Nikon D70S and a 60mm macro lens and my husband
with a Nikon 300S and a 12-24mm wide angle lens.  We are quite serious
about our photos.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
5 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
We have been diving with Splash since '91.  We have stayed at the Palau
Pacific Resort every visit.  Lucy and her staff at PPR are incredible.  We
have had the same room each visit.  They call it "our" room. 
EVERY guest is treated equally, with attention and care.  The food is
beautifully presented even to the hand carved fruits.  Splash is the most
professional operation I've encountered.  The divers are strong and aware. 
They are Palauan and Japanese and adept to the challenges that come with
the ever changing conditions in Palau.  Steven has been our guide for many
years.  As I do macro, he'll find the 1/4" nudibranch or humor me by
taking me to the home of the Helfrich Dartfish at 112' so I can finally
acquire the "perfect" photo.  Our dives are usually 1 hour and 20
minutes.  There is NEVER a complaint about bottom time.  We were at
Pelelieu and entered with wonderful surface conditions.  The current was
very strong and exciting.  We watched the large bull shark 100' below
during the dive.  As we finished our safety stop and surfaced, my camera
and fins were off and I was in the boat before I'd realized what had
happened.  The conditions had changed and a storm had come up.  With the
surge, there was urgency to move the boat and leave.  Steven, Sherlock and
Sixtus all knew what was happening by watching the surface during the dive.
 I am 62 and a female.  Their attentiveness and action prevented fear and
chaos on the surface.  One dive we encountered Mantas feeding.  7 frolicked
while we dove in their midst.  In our ten trips we've never seen more than
6 people to a guide.  I always think nothing new can happen.  Maybe next
year it will be a whale shark!
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