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Dive Review of Dive Palau/Palau Pacific Resort in

Dive Palau/Palau Pacific Resort, Oct, 2003,

by Marc & Maureen Duggan, CA, United States . Report 1289.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments What a wonderful trip. Started out suspect as light rain and winds greeted us on arrival day, but blew out for a week of sun and calm water. Keith Santillano (the owner of Dive Palau) and Yuka were excellent dive guides, allowing us to request dive sites, profiles, and what we wanted to see. Very attentive to each diver's needs/abilities and the group as a whole. Knowledgeable about local tides/currents and executed dives accordingly to make each dive as relaxed as possible. Very detailed dive briefings included current information (such as Blue Corner) to make dives/approaches as easy as possible. Underwater brought black tips, white tips, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, octopus (1), giant clams, black spotted barracuda. Keith's favorite fish to find were small leaf fish. He was often writing on his slate to identify what we were looking at. Some coral bleaching. Favorite dive sites: Blue Corner (a must, with reef hooks -- hang on and enjoy the ride/view), Blue Holes, Ulong Channel, Chandelier Caves, and the Iro wreck. Also snorkel in Jellyfish lake at least once (however, it's a long uphill hike back to the lake from the boat dock). Most dive sites are down south and take awhile to get to, so the return to the resort isn't until day's end. Palau Pacific Resort was top notch. Rooms were well maintained, right on the water, and food was excellent. A typical day consisted of waking up, walking to the breakfast buffet with fresh-made omelets to order, walk back to the dock, go out for a 3-dive day that includes tying up to small rock islands or secluded beaches for surface intervals and lunch. We didn't want to leave...

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-175 Ft/ 23-53 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Freshwater rinse tank (fine for my video equipment), but no processing, etc. onboard.
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