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Dive Review of Palau Siren/West Plaza By the Sea in

Palau Siren/West Plaza By the Sea: "Palau Siren, A very Professional Liveaboard Experience", Mar, 2015,

by elizabeth idell, AL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 8171 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments I arrived early a couple of days and stayed at an adequate hotel. Hotels are not cheap and you can stay at a resort for far more money. I had a clean room and the hotel had a place to eat, good breakfast, ok dinner. WiFi cost either $5 for PMCN, very slow. Or $20 for Palau WiFi. I tried both. Don't waste your time with the first. The second one is also slow but if it isn't raining it will eventually work. Use the phone to talk on the island. It's free. you can also buy a phone card that is about 20 minutes for $20 if you want to call the States. I had to do this when having problems with flights. The hotel, and many other establishments, offer US Military and retired Military discounts at 50% cost. I arranged tours through the hotel or with a taxi driver I got to know. Again, expect to pay well for tours. After the Liveaboard 4 of us did a helicopter tour. Certainly worth the $480 for 45 minutes with the doors off. O ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cocos, Socorro, Caribbean various locations, Africa, Sea of Cortez, Red Sea, Coral Sea, Pacific Northwest USA, Gulf of Mexico, East coast Florida, Southern Canada, Puget Sound, etc.
Closest Airport Koror Getting There United Airlines: Atl-Hawaii-Guam-Koror. United seems to be having LOTS of maintenance issues. Also, 2 typhoons added to flight issues. Entertainment systems in AC do not work. If they are working you need your own external charger to watch on your smart phone or tablet. Food for sale 8-12 USD. This is more than the $7 a day they authorize if you have flight cancelled for maintenance.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Our own profile. Maybe a few times. But the type of diving we were doing made that impractical. On the other hand, we really weren't required to cut dives short. We were consistently in the water from 60-80 minutes.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Camera tables were good. We still overflowed but that was worked out. plenty of outlet ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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