This is my 5th time in Palau (I'm an avid diver) and can guarantee you a nirvana experience by visiting this oh so special place! I began visiting Palau 20 years and have stayed at the Palau Pacific Resort each time. It is the BEST of the best. Nestled on it's own magical bay, the resort is perfect in every way. The location couldn't be more ideal. White sand, aqua water, your own private aquarium to snorkel, a sensational spa (try the Balinese massage!!), an infinity pool and other wonderful activities at your fingertips to help make every day special. And, for divers, I highly recommend Splash, which is on the property.
The level of service is primo and everyone remembers your name from the first time they meet you. The buffets are terrific and if you want the very, very best sashimi in the world, you're at the right place. I flew thru Narita to get home and had sashimi there...it wasn't even close.
I have travelled the world pursuing my love of diving and Palau and the Palau Pacific Resort is the only place I return to.
SAM'S DIVE SHOP: HORRIFIC!!!
I used Sam's the last two times I was in Palau and was thrilled. However, they have gotten too big and I found it the worst total dive experience I've had in decades! It started with me being picked up the first day (20 minutes late) in a 20 year old van that was rusty inside. In days to come the sliding door almost fell off; the engine which was at my feet didn't start so they manually started it and sent ghastly fumes throughout the car; we waited 1 1/2 hours AFTER a day of diving to be taken home, and....the best...the car actually broke down and I had to wait for the wonder Palau Pacific folks to send one of their people to pick me up in his car. OK....now on to the diving stuff. I wanted to take a practice dive since it had been 2 years. I have close to 2,000 dives, but I like to be cautious. I was charged $150 for a "refresher course" which consisted of 30 minutes of taking a test and the having a one tank dive. The only ISSUE was the dive was at the end of their pier with super low visibility and only silt to see. I had flown 29 hours to experience this?? What a joke. And what a joke of a price! DAY 2: went to Ulong Channel and the dive master, Matsu, DID NOT POINT OUT ONE SINGLE THING. Apparently, the group that had Ali had better luck. DAY 3: they scheduled me on a boat that was doing Ulong Channel AGAIN...really?! Well, I was changed to another boat that was doing German Channel. Great. Only problem was the boat had beginners and I came up on both dives with 1800 psi.
DAY 4: German Channel AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Palau has a plethora of dive sites. The managing staff at Sam's needs to be replaced, as do several of the dive masters. And, by the way, Sam was no where to be found.
Sooooooooooooooo.....................for the first time ever, I transferred my gear to SPLASH, the dive center at the Palau Pacific Resort. Thank heavens I did!! Every dive was extraordinary, because my dive master, Sherlock (the very best) was magical in finding everything there was to find AND on my last dive I was taken to Blue Corner and given the opportunity to dive it twice. Beyond a dream come true.
Ok, so I'm wordy. I've never written a review before, but have always read others and used travelers' advice. So I hope this helps someone. Happy traveling and diving!
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- Also Known As:
- Palau Pacific Hotel Koror
- Palau Pacific Koror
- Palau Pacific Resort South Pacific