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Palau Royal Resort

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Palau Royal is a great value option in Palau. It is a large hotel with tennis courts, pool and even their own private beach. The rooms are simple but clean and well decorated, and they all have a balcony. Some balconies face the garden/pond/marina and some face the beach/sea. The breakfast restaurant is large and has good asian and western breakfast options. I didn't have lunch/dinner in the hotel. A famous Palau restaurant called Carp is about a 5 minute walk from the hotel. There is a bar in the restaurant and a poolside bar too. Downtown Koror is about a 5-10min taxi ride away and the front desk will call a taxi.
There is no shore diving, but there are wrecks within a short 5-10 min boat ride from the resort and some of the more famous dive sites like Blue Corner and German Channel are about 30 mins from the resort.

Visited on 11/2017 - Submitted on 11/05/2017
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El Galleon Dive Resort, Puerto Galera

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Top dive resort in Puerto Galera. There are many room categories and I stayed in a poolview room, which is simple and nice. The resort is located away from the hustle and bustle of Sabang town but close enough if you want to explore a little. The resort has lots of greenery and it feels like you are in a tropical rainforest. Their dive shop is called Asia Divers and are the only ones with a dock. The dock is massive and there are lots of space to gear up and hang your gear to dry. Getting on and off the boats are also the easiest. The camera room is located under the bar and have a dozen or so stations. The restaurant is large and serves great food and there is a massive wine fridge for wine enthusiasts. One of the best things about diving with Asia Divers is that they give you a warm wet face towel right as you get back on the boat to wipe the salt water off your face after a dive. It is a small and easy gesture, but it makes a huge difference!

Visited on 02/2023 - Submitted on 02/16/2023
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Quino El Guardian

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This is not a luxury liveaboard, but is one of the best liveaboards I have been on. Cabins are quad share and bathrooms are located on the dive deck and shared among all the guests.
The Quino used to be, and still is a research vessel. They conduct citizen scientist trips where a scientist is on board and conducting research. Divers get to experience a marine scientist at work, with presentations from the scientist and divers can sometimes even assist in some research.
If you spend a lot of time in the cabins of a liveaboard, this one is not for you. If you like interacting with the other divers and making new diving friends, there are few liveaboard better at fostering this than the Quino. This is a very fun liveaboard for singles travelers.
While the cabins and bathrooms might be 3 star, the FOOD is nothing short of 5 STARS. Easily the best food on any liveaboard I've been on. The chef is top notch, and the rest of the crew are also really amazing.
There is also a tv lounge area, a massive camera table, nice open dining area and a large sun deck with shade.

Visited on 03/2016 - Submitted on 11/05/2017
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M/V Plancius

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This is a great boat for any Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. The outside might look a little dated, but the inside of the vessel is very well maintained.
It is not the largest boat in the fleet so there aren't so many guests on board which is nice when doing landings. The cabins are decent sized but are well organized so guests have a lot of space. the superior cabins are very nice and large.
Protip: Upgrade to a cabin with a window as the views out the window alone are worth the price of the upgrade.
The lounge area is massive and well designed with lots of TVs for the many lectures given by the crew.
The dining area is also well laid out to accommodate all the guests. Food was excellent as well, and all kinds of dietary restrictions were catered to.
The dive area is at the bow of the boat which makes gearing up and getting onto the zodiacs easy.
The zodiacs are comfortable and easy to get in and out of.
One of the best things about the boat is the crew. Every single one of the expedition crew is so passionate about their job and it really makes the trip so much more enjoyable.

Visited on 03/2023 - Submitted on 04/10/2023
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Fish 'n Fins Palau

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Fish n Fins is the first dive center to open in Palau. The current owners, Tova and Navot are very respected divers in the Palau diving community. They have a great crew of captains, divemasters and office staff that will take care of your every need. Their dive center is located minutes from downtown Koror and many of the top resorts that divers stay at. There is also a muck dive right at their dive center dock where there are mating mandarinfish. Just ask them and they will hand you a tank and show you where to go.
They have boat sizes for all groups, from smaller speed boats to luxury liveaboards, the Ocean Hunter II. The dive shop is stocked with everything you need including reef hooks. There are large rinse tanks for all your gear, including camera gear. As a bonus, they have a bar/restaurant where you can grab a beer and some local snacks when your boat returns after an awesome day of diving.

Visited on 07/2016 - Submitted on 11/05/2017
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Antarctica

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Wow! This bucket list trip does not disappoint. There are so many highlights I don't know where to start. Antarctica is one of the most remote and picturesque places on the planet so even non-divers can have a fantastic trip. Divers need to be experienced diving in drysuits in cold water, but the payoff is huge. Diving on large icebergs and seeing penguins and leopard seals underwater is one of the most unique things I have ever done. Everything from back rolling off the zodiac in the snow to descending next to an iceberg to playing with leopard seals underwater to ascending next to a penguin colony is absolutely magical.

Visited on 03/2023 - Submitted on 04/10/2023
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Cocos Island Diving

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Cocos is scalloped hammerhead central. If you want to get close to hammerheads daily, and see a wall of hammerhead sharks, there are not many places that can compare than Cocos. Expect to also see massive schools of Jacks, lots of marbled rays, Galapagos sharks, silvertip sharks, silky sharks and white tip reef sharks. Making an occasional appearance are also tiger sharks, whale sharks and mantas. leave your macro lens at home. The best night dive in the world can also be found in Cocos where you see hundreds of whitetips hunting for food and getting into a feeding frenzy. There is no need for baited shark dives. The island itself is a beauty. You will pass by numerous waterfalls on your way to the dive sites. A visit to to the ranger station and a hike up to a viewpoint is also a must do on Cocos Island.
A dive trip to Cocos is an adventure of a lifetime and well worth the 36 hour crossing from Puntarenas on mainland Costa Rica.

Visited on 10/2016 - Submitted on 11/06/2017
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San Ignacio Lagoon

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Wow! This is one of the best places in the world to interact with whales. Gray whales migrate into the bay every year to mate, and give birth and guests can pet them and kiss them. We were not chasing the whales. We simply motored next to them, cut the engine, and they chose to swim over to us and stick their heads out of the water looking to interact with us. This is a great trip for the whole family. We are not allowed in the water so non-divers can enjoy this trip as much as divers.

Visited on 04/2023 - Submitted on 05/24/2023
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Cocos Island Diving

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Cocos is scalloped hammerhead central. If you want to get close to hammerheads daily, and see a wall of hammerhead sharks, there are not many places that can compare than Cocos. Expect to also see massive schools of Jacks, lots of marbled rays, Galapagos sharks, silvertip sharks, silky sharks and white tip reef sharks. Making an occasional appearance are also tiger sharks, whale sharks and mantas. leave your macro lens at home. The best night dive in the world can also be found in Cocos where you see hundreds of whitetips hunting for food and getting into a feeding frenzy. There is no need for baited shark dives. The island itself is a beauty. You will pass by numerous waterfalls on your way to the dive sites. A visit to to the ranger station and a hike up to a viewpoint is also a must do on Cocos Island.
A dive trip to Cocos is an adventure of a lifetime and well worth the 36 hour crossing from Puntarenas on mainland Costa Rica.

Visited on 10/2016 - Submitted on 11/06/2017
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Red Sea Aggressor IV

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This is a new and very nice boat sailing in the Red Sea southern itinerary. There are 5 different levels to the boat and lots of space for all the guests to spread out. Most of the diving is done from zodiacs, but some times from the mothership. There is no camera room, but there are 2 camera tables on the dive deck and cubbies holes for the photographers to store all their electronics. There lots of electrical outlets all over the boat for charging electronics, and there is plenty of space in the lounge area, dining area or bar area to set up camera systems.
The cruise director and crew are excellent. They are very experienced and professional. The menu changes daily and the food is tasty. Divers with dietary restrictions will have no problems on the boat.
Nice warm towels are draped over your shoulders once your BCD is off your back. What a treat! The crew on the dive deck are really helpful with getting your gear on and off. Air and Nitrox fills are good and consistent. There are also robes in each cabin which is nice to put on in between dives.
We also have the flexibility to dive with the divemaster or buddy up and go do our own dives. The dive briefings are very detailed so it gave us a lot of confidence to separate from the group and go off on our own to explore. For divers who prefer to dive with the divemaster, the groups are smaller because some divers would rather plan and do their own dive. Everyone wins!
Overall great boat, excellent service and highly recommend.

Visited on 05/2023 - Submitted on 06/26/2023
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