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Dive Review of Sam's Tours/Palau Central Hotel in
Micronesia/Palau

Sam's Tours/Palau Central Hotel: "Finally made it to Palau and it was definetly worth it!", May, 2018,

by Mark Etter, PA, US ( 1 report with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10323 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Komodo, Ambon, Lembeh, Alor, Bunaken, Raj Ampat, Misool, Kri, Caymans, Egypt, Maldives, Australia, Dominica, Truk, Hawaii, St Lucia, Bonaire, Curacao, Provo, St Kitts, Barbados, Nevis, Cozumel, US Virgins, North and South Carolina, etc
Closest Airport Koror Getting There Flight from Guam thru either Hawaii or Narita, Japan

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas currents
Water Temp 79 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Keep with guide for the first 2-3 days until guide became comfortable with divers. Freedom depended on your guide for that day and location/current. All divers must ascend together. Some guides who carried 2 side mount tanks provided extra tank for divers who were low on air.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Not bad but no rinse tanks on day boat. Crew sometimes forgot to help with cameras on entry and exiting water. Generally tolerant of UW photography but a few guides didn't ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 5 stars
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Comments Overall, I had a great trip. The Staff at the Palau Central Hotel are incredibly friendly and helpful. Most of the staff knew my name by the first 2 days. They are present 24/7 and were very accommodating, even at 4 am. The hotel is currently being refurbished with a pool and bar. The lobby is artistic and eclectic with a historic, boutique atmosphere. I felt like I stepped back into time yet at the same time there were modern amenities in my room. The soon to be completed pool deck has diving paraphernalia including an old Mark V diver suite. What a great touch for divers!

The hotel provides free transportation to nearby restaurants. I especially recommend eating at Elilai for dinner. The meals include international dishes with local food as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the course menus. There are ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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