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Dive Review of Pohnpei Surf Club/Mangrove Bay Hotel] in
Micronesia/Pohnpei

Pohnpei Surf Club/Mangrove Bay Hotel]: "It rains here - a lot", Oct, 2019,

by David Ritchie, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 11184 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Pohnpei, "The Garden Island", is a wet high volcanic island with surrounding dryer atolls. Kolonia gets 190 inches of rain yearly with about 1/2 inch nearly every day. The mountains get over 400 inches. Runoff limits the visibility to about 30 feet inside the surrounding reef. Visibility at Ant Atoll is much better.
Mangrove Bay Hotel has eight nice rooms on the water at the edge of town. Pohnpei Surf Club and its boats are located at the hotel. Several good restaurants are nearby. Kolonia is a busy port town.
Pohnpei Surf Club is a well run operation offering surfing, diving, sightseeing and fishing trips. Alois, the owner, pays close attention to the weather and incoming and outgoing tides when planning dive trips to the reef passes, walls or Ant Atoll. We enjoyed the diving. We should have planned for more days. We dove three days out of a possible four and sat out the stormy fourth dive day. Island hopping cuts into possible dive days because of limited flight availability and timing. We visited Kosrae and Pohnpei on this trip.
Pohnpei has an interesting history. Be sure to visit Nan Madol if the opportunity presents itself, like on the day before you fly or if it is not raining too hard.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean (many), Cozumel, S. Pacific (Fiji x 7) Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Baja California, Monterey Bay, Hawaii, Philippines, Micronesia, Indonesia
Closest Airport PNI Getting There United Island Hopper, UA 154 westbound, UA 155 eastbound, twice a week. There is also a flight from Guam, UA 132?

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas currents
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 30-90 Ft/ 9-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions drift diving with a guide
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No camera facilities.
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