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Dive Review of Fish 'n Fins/Desekel West Plaza in
Micronesia/Koror Palau

Fish 'n Fins/Desekel West Plaza, Aug, 2011,

by Doug Freer, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 6537.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Truk, Belieze, Cozumel, Roatan, Caymans, Catalina Island, North Carolina, Florida keys and springs, Flower Gardens
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions was ablel to dive within nitrox limits and computer limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None 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]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Fish n Fins land based operation was great. Even though we had the edge of a bad storm in the area, they carefully monitored the weather and we were able to go out to Blue Corner the last day, and make good dives every other day. It would have been simpler for them to just say hey bad weather we can't go to Blue Corner. We dove German Chanel at a non crowded time of day and were treated to the incredible show of two each 19 foot wingspan manta rays circling 25 feet above us for almost 15 minutes. This was on our third visit to German Chanel. The first dive there was exciting, but to see the mantas was breathtaking.

I loved the dive in Chandiler cave later one afternoon (after our normal 2 tank boat dive). We made a Nautilus dive early one morning, it was very interesting. Fish'nFins went out of their way to meet the wants and needs of almost every diver on the boat. When they had two beginners on the boat one day, we dropped them off with an instructor and went on to do our more exciting and challenging dive site, and picked them up after our full excitement 2 tank dives. Don't miss snorkeling in jellyfish lake.

Fish n Fins is very enviromentally responsible in that you drink all beverages out of your reusable small hard plastic water bottle they provide. Also every meal is served in a ultra clean reusable food container type tray, which they collect and reuse the next day. I didn't see one piece of styrofoam or other paper cup type trash generated on the boats. I don't normally notice or remember the taste of food when I'm on a dive vacation (I generally don't think it's that important)--however the luches they provided on our surface intervals at nearby islands were very good.

We saw lots of big sharks, the divemaster pointed out interesting small critters. They met my request to make a dive on a WWII wreck. They helped me to solve an annoying intermittent free flow problem with my octopus. Great customer service, all divers loved their operation.
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