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Dive Review of Dive Palau/Palau in

Dive Palau/Palau, Mar, 2007,

by scott johnson, ca, usa (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports). Report 3243.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments March 1st thru the 14th…I believe this is my 7th trip report on Palau in as many years. Again this year I had a very well known person sitting next to me flying to Palau. Dan Bailey who has discovered many of the wrecks in Truk and Palau. He pulled out his books he has published on Palau and Truk and showed me many of the original wreck pictures as they were discovered before “us” divers got to them. He does remarkable work with the people who are still trying to locate MIA’s from WWII. I was fortunate to be able to attend his talk during wreck week at Sams and have dinner with him one evening. During the week I was there, Pat with BentStar along with other speakers was giving a presentation nightly about WWII.

The Diving, again the best and diving with Keith Santillano of Dive Palau..( was again the best! This year for the first time I noticed a few thermoclines down to a bone chilling 79 degrees…..usually is and was 82 to 83. Also visibility was not as good as usual but the weather was a vast improvement over last year. With the cooler currents rising from below a few people had been spotting the Great Hammerheads….Not me!....The first dive at the Blue corner was fabulous as usual. I was Down at about 95’ I could see about 30’ below me a very large school of schooling Grey reef sharks with a big Silvertip (about 9’) in the middle of them. Did the Ulong channel a couple of times what a great dive….the Cabbage patch coral, croc fish, sharks, wrasses, giant clams etc etc….Had my first 75 minute dive. One of my favorite dive sites Turtle cove this year had visibility problems….although Turtle cove usually only has 60’ vis this time it was 30’ to 50’ a little disappointing. The further north you went the vis was better. Overall this is still the most diversified place I have dove.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Truk, Christmas Island, Rangiroa, Fakarava, Costa Rica, Red Sea, Australia, Galapagos, Hawaii, Bali, east Timor etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 79-83°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 30-70 Ft/ 9-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 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]
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