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Dive Review of Splash Dive Center/Palau Pacific Resort in
Micronesia/Palau

Splash Dive Center/Palau Pacific Resort, Aug, 2011,

by DEBORAH L HOBSON, VA, US ( 1 report). Report 6180.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Phillippines, Caymans, Cozumel, Bonaire, Bahamas, US, Hawaii, St. Kitts, Florida, North Carolina
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive in groups with conservative profiles
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No special facilities, but were careful and helpful with equipment.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The diving reminded us of Cozumel before the cruise ship destroyed it. Large variety of life, many large fish such as sharks, rays, and turtles. Reefs were healthy. Boat rides were 45 minutes to an hour, with hour-and-a-half surface interval. You can plan on spending most of the day on the boat. Staff and crew took good care of us, but quality and engagement levels of dive guides were highly variable.

Shore entertainment was plentiful. Town was a quick cab ride away, with many reasonable restaurants. We recommend Jyu Jyu and the Penthouse Hotel restaurant - call ahead to reserve lobster or coconut crab.

Rates at the Palau Pacific are high, and staff are paid only $2.00 per hour - find somewhere more reasonable to stay. We will be looking at the Caroline Hotel (Bungalows) for our next visit - and we look forward to a return.

Weather was bad during several days of our stay and limited the choice of dive sites. Be sure to bring rain gear for the boat.

Travel to Palau is expensive, and we shopped pretty hard for good fares. This is one of the best dive trips we've been on, with just the right mix of diving and shore activities. The diving was definitely some of the best we've been on, and we really want to return for another visit.
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