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Dive Review of Peleliu Divers/Storyboard in

Peleliu Divers/Storyboard, Feb, 2006,

by Daniel Imbody, IL, USA . Report 2305.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Peleliu divers is a great option if 1) you don’t want to do a live-aboard, you want to get your feet on solid ground at the end of the day 2) you don’t want to be cooped up in a small hotel room in Koror 3) you don’t want to spend the money and be institutionalized at the PPR or Carp Island 4) you prefer a nice quiet spot all to yourself 5) you don’t want long boat rides to the dive spots 6) you would like to get away from other boisterous Americans 7) you would like to get a small sampling of the local customs and culture 8) you don’t mind two dives a day and relaxing the rest of the day 9)you want to go all that way and spend two weeks but yet you still have to stay with in your budget 10) you don’t mind an informal dive operation. Godwin Sadoa is the owner/manager of Peleliu divers. A native Peleliuan was born and raised on the very property upon which the resort now stands. Along with his Japanese wife Mayumi, they run a very nice resort. The huts/bungalows that you stay in are very nice for their purpose and setting. Made of mostly natural construction materials. There is a nice size balcony to sit on while palm trees and other vegetation surround you. There is no nice beach for you to go for a swim and play in the waves. As far as the food is concerned, I would call it adequate. If you are enchanted by culinary delights, you may be disappointed. My wife would have preferred a larger variety of foods, but for me, I came there to dive. One important thing to note about the food is that the food is seasoned with a lot of MSG. So if this is a problem for you request no MSG. As is usual for such settings expect roosters crowing, frogs croaking and cats fighting all night long. Bring your earplugs. Mosquitoes will bite you. The islands are flat and the vegetation is lush, so not surprisingly it rains quite a bit. But the diving is not affected.

As far as the diving is concerned, I will not dwell on every fish I saw. For those who haven’t been to Palau here is what to expect: As stated in the 2006 Chapbook, the coral has been bleached by the 1998 El Nino, do not expect psychedelic/florescent colors in the coral as can be seen Fiji. But the coral colors are coming back little by little. Just about every dive has strong currents; reef hooks are used here to keep you stationary while the multiple schools of fish flash by as sharks chase them. This must be what others call “high voltage”. You will know it when you see it. Also, a multitude of fishes is feeding on the plankton floating by in the strong current. The reef hooks anchor you in place while preventing damage to the aquatic life. The water temperature needs some discussion as well. In my opinion, you need at least a 3mm wet suit. Although the water temperature will read about 80 to 82 on your dive computer, the strong current forces a lot of water down your wet suit, so your body is constantly warming up a water layer. Also, the water temperature changes considerable with depth. Additionally cold water pockets can arrive to your location while you are attached with a reef hook.

The diving: Palau delivers. Of course Blue Corner is the reson divers go to Palau. I dove Blue corner six times. Dive it all you can. I did six dives at the southern tip of Peleliu. Peleliu Cut was as good as the Blue Corner. I did not dive Peleliu Express. Godwin’s Point was also a very good dive, it was not the high voltage type of dive though, it was a coral garden.

One important note: Blue Hole is usually crowded with boats and divers and this provides a safety net. Because if you get in trouble or drift far away from your boat, another boat can help you out. At the southern tip of Peleliu, your boat is most likely the only boat there. So take every signaling device available.

Of the more heavily trafficked areas, the dives that I did that I think are worth doing: 1) Blue Corner, 2) Turtle Cove 3) New Drop Off. The last two are pretty much high voltage dive sites but not quite up to par with Blue Corner. 4) Ngedbus Coral Garden was a very nice relaxing dive with almost no current, plenty of nice pristine coral, anemones, clams etc. and just about nonone dives it. Not high voltage.

Some dives that did not live up to the hype but were ok: 1) Big Drop Off, 2) German Channel. 3) Blue Hole. German channel had strong current and very nice coral gardens but it is dove to see mantas. Blue Hole was just a geological feature. I did not get to any of the other frequented dive sites.

Off course you must visit Jellyfish Lake.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Turniffe Atoll, Roatan, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

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 None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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]
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