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Dive Review of FishNFins/West Plaza Desekel Hotel in
Micronesia/Palau

FishNFins/West Plaza Desekel Hotel, Nov, 2003,

by Michael N. Hofman, CA, usa . Report 1236.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, PNG, Belize, Fiji, Yap, Cozumel, Bonaire, Thailand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 80 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none
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 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Not great facilities on the dive boats but separate tanks, etc. on land and professional available for assistance.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 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 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Our fourth trip to Palau and our fourth trip with FishNFins. Even though the boat rides take about an hour to the dive sites, they are fun and interesting trips, the Rock Islands and other sites are beautiful and we took a number of side trips. We appreciate this operation and their attention to detail, especially as one of us is a snorkeler. The diving was, as always, wonderful with the coral making a strong comeback after bleaching episodes several years ago and lots of small and large fish life. Blue Corner, Blue Hole, Ulong Passage, Turtle Cove and Turtle Corner all great dives. We also went to several other locations (downed seaplanes, harbor dives) which were very interesting. We strongly recommended FishNFins! They also have a great restaurant serving fresh food too. The hote we stayed at was clean, big rooms and a five minute walk from the dive shop (if you didn't want to get a ride). We had a great time!
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