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

Fish 'n Fins and Splash/Palau Pacific Resort, Apr, 2010,

by Stewart A Roy, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 5451.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Channel Islands-California, Fiji, Roatan, Bikini Atol, Truk, Cayman, Turks and Cacios
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 100 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions if qualified (Instructor). No Deco allowed. Dive profile was explained but no probs if deeper if you ended with 300psi and was able to have a BT of 60min or longer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments FNF boat had no dedicated camera bucket/storage. When requested one, there was a bucket the next day. Had the occasion to dive one more day with Splash which is located at PPR. Wonderful all around, better boat with more stability and faster, better front office staff, great dive positon with dedicated personal gear storage and dedicated dry gear storage. Dedicated camera area on table (2 large shelves) at stern of boat. Of the 2, Splash is better all around for UWP and diving in general and would rather dive with them if returning.

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 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Addl comment re FNF/Splash..Nitrox is free at FNF which is great and quite realistic since no dive was deeper than 125ft. There was an addl charge at Splash for Nitrox. Retail charges for diving was the same for both companies. Dive Guides were excellent for both. PPR is a 5 star hotel with excellent services that one would and should expect in a hotel of that rating. Excellent beach for snorkeling giant clams right in front of the hotel. Pricey food but reasonable charges off their menu or at the bar if you wanted. Ate in town for dinners some nites and was excellent food and the front desk or diving operations gave suggestions for local eateries. Had been in Palau before and nothing has changed in the diving in the last 7 yrs. WW2 wrecks if requested was handled well. Did Jelly Fish Lake and the trail/dock was much improved since the last time I was there. Blue Corner is still Blue Corner..the best dive site in the world. Currents were manageable using a reef hook and the guides helped those that had difficulties getting their hook in the right positon. Most of the currents at Blue Corner (did twice) and at the Cut/Express were 2-4knots and was manageable if you stayed low and didn't quit on the kicking to set your hook. I think free diving fins would have been more efficient (all the guides used them) although my Atomics did fine. Palau is the most beautiful and still the best overall diving that I have done in over 3000 dives. One in our group was an ex student of mine and was the only OW diver out of 8-all others Advanced or above-and he had no difficulties at all.
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By Stewart A Roy in CA, US at Oct 29, 2014 17:08 EST  
Been to Palau 4 times and keep going back. PPR is a wonderful resort with on site diving company that takes care of the gear. People like liveaboards in Palau but with a liveaboard, you miss the topside topography which is a photographer's dream going thru the rock islands on the way to the dive site. Worth the trip!
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