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

Fish 'n Fins/Palau Pacific Resort, Mar, 2013,

by S Lori Brown, WA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports). Report 6926.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments While on vacation in Micronesia, we stopped over in Palau for a few days. We stayed at the Palau Pacific Resort (which is a very nice resort) but their dive operation was booked solid for the few days we were in Palau. As a result we went to the Fish and Fins dive operation.
Fish and Fins picked us up on the first day (of three) at 7:30 in the morning. After filling out the usual stack of forms we were sent out to a boat with our dive gear. There was pandemonium around the boats as divers moved gear to and fro and set up their gear. Each boat held about 16-20 people. We got on our assigned boat, analyzed our tanks (nitrox) and set them up, and then waited for an hour and a half before the boat left. In addition to the divers on board, there were also a number of snorkelers including a family with young children. The second day, we were on a boat with the same family and some new divers. There was no effort to sort divers by skill and level.
The best dive was at the Blue Corner. During this dive, we hooked onto the reef and just hung and watched as the sharks and swarms of fish cruised by. When the traffic died down, we moved over the reef. The sun was very bright, the water clear, and the visibility perfect. Unfortunately, I counted 12 other boats (each holding about 15-20 divers) at the site when we arrived.
On the third day, we bailed out after we got on the boat because they were planning to go to the jellyfish lake and we had already booked a tour with another company to go to the lake on another day. Since they were unable to leave us off before going to the lake, we opted out and lugged our gear off the boat. I donít blame the operation, they cater to a wide range of divers and because they had probably eighty to a hundred customers divided up on their numerous boats, it was not possible for them to move us to one of the few boats that weren't going to jellyfish lake that day. But I would have as a note to self: if I ever get back to Palau, dive from a live aboard. The land based diving heads out to the sites mid-morning and there are crowds at each of the sites by 10AM. They seem to cater to beginning divers and snorkelers.
All that said and done: go to Jellyfish Lake: it is awesome. The park fee is high to go there Ė it is a preserve. As a result, they only let in about 20 people at a time for about 45 minutes. This brackish marine lake is filled with gentle pulsating photosynthetic jellyfish. Diving isnít permitted with the reason given that the jellyfish are too delicate but snorkeling is allowed. It is well worth the trip to Palau just to see these creatures which range in size from about ¼ inch to about 3-4 inches diameter.
Websites Fish 'n Fins   Palau Pacific Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, Hawaii, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington (Puget Sound), Bonaire, Cozumel, Fiji, Indonesia, Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea, Jamaica, Truk Lagoon
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25-50 Ft/ 8-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive guides wanted all divers to stay near and during briefing set maximum dive depth and time limit.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Not emphasized.
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