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Dive Review of Splash/Palau Pacific Resort in

Splash/Palau Pacific Resort: "I Wish "I Could Turn Back Time!"", Apr, 2018,

by Rose Mueller , TX, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 10234 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is our 27th visit to Palau. We have experienced many changes over the years. I can remember diving with 50-60 shark at one time on the Blue Corner. That is no more. The recent typhoons have damaged the reefs. Too many divers from the live aboard boats have frightened the infamous Helfrick Dartfish. There were few and not available for photo opts. For those who haven't had the experience, it is still amazing. We watched 12 extremely large bump headed parrot fish working their way across the top of Blue Corner. There were large schools of barracuda, trevally, coral breams. There were fewer grouper at Ulong Channel, but they are large, daring and active. The three tridacna clams remain at the end of that dive. We have always gone with Splash. They are Palauan and know their ocean. The boat ride is never boring. We have made friends with people from all over the world. We've shared many experiences. I don't know what is happening with PPR. They are adding expensive rooms on the water, but they don't have the value for what they are charging. They have removed trees by the spa to add even more. Yet, the main rooms haven't changed in the 27 years we've gone. They are very tired, dimly lit and small. There are few Americans and Japanese. This was the mainstay until a few years ago. Now there are many Chinese tour groups. We saw up to 300 snorkelers at one time at the Rock Island. There is really no other option other than a live aboard. I would miss the visiting with the people and enjoying the delicious meals at Dragon Tei. I would miss the freedom and solitary experience with Splash. On a happier note, our last dive was interesting. I usually can pick where we go for the grand finale. My camera quit working and the 4 Italians that were with us wanted German Channel. I haven't seen a manta there in 3 years so wasn't enthused, but agreed. We went down to a cleaning station and Steven pointed into the distance. We swam hard to the shadow and encountered 3 mantas. The visibility changed abruptly as if by a magic hand. The youngest came to my face and looked with interest and curiosity. They stayed for a long time. It was a lovely experience and great way to end the trip.
Websites Splash   Palau Pacific Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Most places it's warm
Closest Airport Koror Getting There Easiest is Honolulu-Guam-Koror
Flights from Taipei and Hong Kong Flights from Narita no more

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions It's safer and better to go with the guide. They know the currents and changes in the water. Palau can be extreme diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There is a water hold on the boat. There are no facilities at the shop. The macro photography is a challenge at best, but I've managed to find interesting subjects.
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