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Dive Review of Pelileu Divers/Storyboard/Dolphin Bay in

Pelileu Divers/Storyboard/Dolphin Bay, Dec, 2007,

by Brooke Briggs, MI, USA . Report 3209.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Storyboard and the new Dolphin Bay Bungalows, a mile or so apart, are operated by the same people. We found Storyboard online and made our reservations through an agent (Sams Tours) in June 06 for a Feb 07 visit. We were not advised that the restaurant and diving facilities had been closed at the Storyboard and moved to the Dolphin Bay Bungalows a month before we arrived.
Calls to the Storyboard a week before we left the Koror area were answered by at Dolphin Bay (without stating that they are now at a different facility) and we were told that the rooms have A/C. Dolphin Bay, the new resort, does have air. Storyboard does not.
No mention was made of the change in ammenites, diving schedules, shuttling etc. until we arrived and then it was done with a definite attitude. We were told we had booked with Storyboard and all the other guests had booked with Dolphin Bay, a difficult thing to do since they have just the Storyboard website. New guests confirmed that this was a lie since they were lodged at Dolphin Bay altho they had booked at the Storyboard.
You'd think 7 months would be enough to contact us about the changes. They had our contact info.
We didn't expect the Ritz and have stayed in lots of local places around the world, but at the Storyboard, the bottom sheets don't fit the beds so you end up sleeping on the matress & pad. I mentioned it to the owner and he said , "yea, we know." We had to go behind the cabin to turn on cold water for the shower (only the hot worked). No hot water was available in the sink. Cockroaches are impressive, but harmless. Lots of cute geckos and lizards live indoors & out. The sand floor dining room was charming. The food was okay. They asked about allergies, etc.
The purpose for booking lodging on Pelileu is to dive the choice spots before the boats from Koror arrive.
Pelileu Divers, also managed/owned?? by Storyboard/Dolphin Bay, was overbooked and the 4 divers in our group were at the mercy of the their other dive group of 9+/- divers, staying at Dolphin Bay. That group always had first call on dive time and dive sites.
Arrival day we waited on the dock for 2+ hours for van pickup which took us to Dolphin Bay. It's only a 7 min drive & there was a driver waiting at the dock with the van, but he had to wait for the other dive group to come in before he could take us to the bungalows.
Our 1st dive day we were told we had to wait for 2 new guests to arrive before we could dive because they were diving with us. They arrived about 10:30 am and then we were then told they weren't diving that day. The 2nd day we had to wait for the first boat to return before we could dive. The new guests were told they had dive late with us because they had to do a checkout dive. We dove Pelileu Express to the Cut. Some checkout! The dm barely kept them in sight. On both days it was close to lunch time before we were in the water.
A tip, given to our dm with specific instructions to share it with the boat capt, was not shared. When questioned the following day the dm stated, "yes, I shared it," and when she realized the capt was behind her shaking his head, said "I mean I'm going to share it with him." Must have been a language problem!.?
These managers/owners only had 10-12 divers and a few bungalows to handle. I expected better from them.
The dive sites are terrific.
Make sure you tour the WW2 sites with the wonderful and informative Tanzi. He's great and so are all the locals we met!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Certified in 1970. 3rd trip to Palau. Los Archos Ven., Canos Island Costa Rica, Hawaii, Caymans, Bonaire, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas currents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50-150 Ft/ 15-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions depth limit, staying with dive guide/master, drift diving, hook-ins with strong current
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 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 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]
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