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Dive Review of Fish N Fins/Palau Pacific Resort in
Micronesia/Koror

Fish N Fins/Palau Pacific Resort, Sep, 2001,

by Elissa and Jody Thompson, CA, USA . Report 99.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Freeport and Bimini Bahamas, Cozumel, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, California Channel Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions common sense
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 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 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments We used every available outlet in our hotel room for battery chargers and the like. Outlets are as in the US.

The Fish N Fins dive shop has a classroom with some outlets available.

The small boat we were on held 6 people comfortably, but left little room to change batteries in camera and video housings. Not to mention the humidity and salt air being factors. Our solution was to change batteries, tapes and digital media cards each morning at the hotel before we went to the dive shop.

There are limited camera repair facilities in Palau. Bring backups of everything you might need replaced

At the Fish N Fins dock there are two very nice rinse tanks, one dedicated to cameras only.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our first trip to the Pacific. We were unprepared for the amount of diversity of life on the reefs. Snorkeling in Jellyfish lake, and night diving were spectacular as was diving on the many WWII wrecks. The 5 or so wrecks we dove afforded spectacular wide angle photo and video opportunities. Black and white photography seems to impart a historical feel to the image.

Diving here means drift diving for experienced divers. Though floating along with the current is relaxing and enjoyable, one must keep an eye on depth as most of the dives were along walls that dropped into the abyss. Some dives involved dropping into blue holes which eventually lead out to open water. This is simply beautiful as you look up to the sky. Again, not for the faint of heart. Additionaly, at the famed Blue Corner and a number of other strong current sites, we hooked onto dead coral with reef hooks and sat suspended as the pelagics rose from the abyss all around us. With a signal from the DM, we unhook and drifted away under a dive float, which the boat followed to pick us up.

Our dives averaged 1- 1/2 hours long. For lunch we would pull up to one of the white sand surrounded rock islands. Snorkeling here revealed more creatures not seen in the open ocean.

We encountered so many kinds of life that species ID books available on Micronesian Reef Fishes and Invertebrates were indispensable.

At Fish N Fins, our main divemasters John and Wilson, were very friendly, competent, skilled, and enjoyed pointing out creatures we might have missed. Soloman runs Fish N Fins Barracuda Bar. Make sure you try the falafel! We were picked up every morning either by van or at the dock, with our gear already onboard.

Being vegetarians, we are often at a loss in finding places to eat. Tova, one of the owners of Fish N Fins gave us several recommendations, our favorite is the Sea House Restaurant which has outstanding Indian Food.

We stayed at the Palau Pacific Resort in an ocean front room. It doesn't get better than this. The room was not only clean, it was immaculate. We had the King and Queen Dinner (special order vegetarian) for my Birthday. It was 5 star!!

FYI- Palau uses US currency and the US postal system, but you can buy stamps issued in Palau, which make great souvenirs.

One regret- we spent all of our time diving, almost 10 days, with only one day to tour the island. Next time we will have to see more of the country.

Visit our website at www.descentline.com for a photo gallery of images from our trip. An extensive trip report will also be posted there soon.


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