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Dive Review of Fish 'N Fins/Palau Pacific Resort in

Fish 'N Fins/Palau Pacific Resort, May, 2004,

by John Sommerer, MD, United States . Report 1054.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Second trip to Palau, arranged on short notice when previous destination messed up by a typhoon--kudos to Trip 'n Tour for their help. PPR an outstanding resort, with excellent staff and service. Fish 'n Fins a quality dive operation, with excellent, mostly Palauan divemasters (and they were better than the European and Japanese divemasters -- they REALLY know the sites). Did a land-based trip because this was a significant anniversary and we wanted a nice room ashore, but prefer diving Palau from a liveaboard. The boat trips through the Rock Islands are nice, but kill two hours per day, and can be rough if the wind is up or it's raining. Also, liveaboards let you do the prime sites with a minimum of other divers; we showed up for Blue Corner one morning to find over a dozen day boats. Speaking of liveaboards, Navot Bornovski gave us a tour of the brand new Ocean Hunter II, and she's a beauty! The so-called Compact Road around Babeldaob is under active construction (we did the complete loop on our last day -- a very rough ride) and will be finished "soon," and a new Capital is mostly built at Melekeok up north. Things are going to change a lot in the near future. Koror a diving ghetto with huge beach resorts all around Babeldaob? I sure hope not. Try the Carp Restaurant for mangrove crabs; they're the real thing, only sold when fresh, and delicious; some of the "fancier" places try to pass off something like a Dungeness or swimming crab, which was previously frozen.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Indonesia, Micronesia, PNG, Polynesia,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50-150 Ft/ 15-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions One hour time limit for most dives.
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 4 stars
Small Critters 3 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 4 stars
UW Photo Comments No rinse on boats, no good storage. Good handling by staff. Excellent rinse tank at dock.
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