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Dolphin Bay Resort & Peleliu Divers

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Koror, Koror Island 96940-0871 Palau
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David S wrote a review Mar 2020
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Group of four stayed four nights while visiting Peleliu. Had good pre-travel communications: email instructions for boat transfer from Koror, fax at hotel in Koror AND a call to room in Koror to confirm. Three levels of communication from Mayumi to make sure we understood boat transfer. Singularly impressive. Seven cottages all face the ocean. In great condition and well maintained. Cleaned effectively daily. Beach area with chairs and hammocks---face sunset, which was spectacular! Meals prepared by Joy were outstanding. Very attentive. Land tour of WW2 battlefield by Jeff tremendous...recommend full day-tour. SCUBA with Godwin well run. Note---beach area not conducive to swimming or snorkeling...reef makes too shallow. Do have kayaks available, but no other activities such as at a large resort. Bottom line---this is a very well run resort, perfect for relaxing and visiting island. I adamantly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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mhdiver wrote a review Feb 2020
Taipei35 contributions33 helpful votes
Second time staying here and the diving has improved remarkably since they instituted the ban on shark fishing. Peleliu is really the edge of the earth but the resort does a good job of making it comfortable and relaxing. It’s much closer to five from the resort than Koror and typically the boat has less divers than the big operators from Koror. The captain and owner Godwin knows more about the reefs than anyone in Palau and he always seems to know which site is best on any day out. Highly recommend. If you want to chill out looking over the edge of the ocean and hit some of the best dive sites on earth this is the spot.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Wallytp wrote a review Jul 2019
Hirosaki, Japan6 contributions1 helpful vote
This is the nicest place to stay on Peleliu. It has 7 private bungalows all the with ocean views. The bungalows are a bit older, they could use a bit of updating (door seals & new AC). My bed was a bit lumpy and could use a modern mattress. These few small things aren’t enough to not make me want to stay here I again. This is just me being picky. Now to talk about the main reason you should stay here. The staff is absolutely incredible. From you initial inquiry, Mayumi is very informative and gives all the information you need prior to your arrival. After you arrive the rest of the staff goes out of their way to make you comfortable. Simple gestures of making sure the food was prepared in alignment with any dietary restrictions or preferences. There is only one place you should stay in Peleliu and that is Dolphin Bay Resort. The sunsets alone make it worth it!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled on business
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Tim wrote a review Jan 2019
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My wife and i stayed at Dolphin Bay in December, 2018 for 5 days/4 nights. Our experience was outstanding. Mayumi,Godwin and staff were extremely welcoming and helpful. The resort itself is amazingly beautiful and well maintained. The dining is convenient, excellent and Gina and Joy were awesome to us. Godwin's passion for the telling of the harrowing military history of the island added great depth to the experience. (This was our main reason for going to Peleliu from the US-My father-in-law served in the 1st Marines in the invasion in 1944) Mayumi was excellent in working with us to schedule military tours and snorkeling to maximize the time we had. I would strongly recommend this resort for those visiting Peleliu.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Room Tip: only 7 bungalows-all on beach- no diference
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labearcajun wrote a review Sept 2018
Long Beach, California18 contributions3 helpful votes
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there seem to be cheaper places to stay but this had all we needed, beach side bungalows, beach side and open dining and bar, great sunsets, and nice grounds. they are little hard to deal with getting set up, and once you get there it is all cash, no atms or credit card purchases on the island. so bring cash. the bed comfort was not the greatest, could use some upgrades there. but after long days, did not keep me up long. also found a great personal tour guide on our own. her info is in the pictures attached.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Room Tip: any of the beach bungalows
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Confused_ExpatHanoi wrote a review Aug 2018
Hanoi, Vietnam520 contributions304 helpful votes
Peleliu is a small island with few accommodation choices and Dolphin Bay is clearly the best of them all, but despite the high price tag, dont expect much. For starters, all rooms enjoy a sea view, but there is no where to swim near the hotel due to the shallow reef. The rooms are very clean and have a nice terrace, but there is little stocking of essentials in the rooms given the price tag so one would be advised to bring picnic supplies or essentials from the supermarket in Koror with you if you get the chance. Likewise, it is recommended to take at least 2 meals a day at the resort but dont expect much, as the restaurant staff really could not seem to be bothered to provide hot food or care about dietary restrictions. Was a bit of a challenge for us as I dont eat sugar and my wife is gluten free, but honestly even the essentials were hard to coordinate as we asked for a fresh coconut and the staff said they were out....despite the fact that a pile of 20 fresh cut coconuts was sitting 5 meters away from our table....the lazy factor was truly strong with our waitress that day. But herein lies the rub, Peleliu is a small island and supplies for everything are expensive due to petrol prices and transportation from Koror. As a result, you mainly eat defrosted cheap meat from the states as no one wants to spend money on fuel to go fishing. Likewise, if an air conditioner breaks down it must be repaired on another island...which all raises the cost of doing business. HOWEVER, the problem is that even for essential jobs that do not require skills, the staff really and truly cant be bothered. We had a flat on our bicycle tire and when we returned several hours later completely exhausted the japanese staffer simply said that this happened before with the bicycle we were given, shrugged, and put it back amongst all the the bicycles....no apology or attempt to repair the bicycle was made. And honestly, this underlies the problems of staying here, anyone else on the island would be far worse, but for the price of a room in Manhatten one would expect a bit more professional service and amenities
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Date of stay: November 2017
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: all the bungalows are more or less the same
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mmcardona wrote a review Aug 2018
Barcelona, Spain53 contributions15 helpful votes
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This resort is beautiful. The bungalows are spacious, spotless and very comfortable. All of them look at the sea. We stayed for two nights and had a bliss. They cook for you all the meals as there aren’t any restaurants in the island but their food was delicious. They have bikes to explore around and kayaks you can take if the tide permits. Mayumi and all the staff are very hospitable and they made our stay even better. I cannot recommend it enough!
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Roger C wrote a review Oct 2017
Boca Raton, Florida12 contributions11 helpful votes
There are great dive locations around Peleliu and I plan to go back, but not to this resort. My wife and I were there for a week earlier this year and went diving every day. The biggest problem I had was with the dive guide they supplied. Sanders seemed to have very little experience as a dive guide. He did not prepare us with dive briefings so we never knew the dive plan. Many of the dives were deep and short, because the resort did not have Nitrox. The food at the resort was good, though we had little choice in what we were served and portions were limited. The room was rustic. It had a small air-conditioner that the staff turned off during the day. Then it would take all night for the room to cool down. We found it helped to open the doors and let the breeze remove some of the heat as soon as we got back from diving.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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seally wrote a review Apr 2016
Switzerland41 contributions84 helpful votes
We stayed there for 10 nights, booked via Schoener Tauchen in combination with a 7 nights stay on Koror at the PPR. Overall we liked the DB resort a lot, but there are a few things to know, in my opinion it's not for everyone... With only 7 Bungalows which were only half filled when we were there it's a very quaint and quiet place with absolutely nothing going on besides diving and the WW2 land tours. Transfer times are only announced the day before, when the non- Asian travelers are already on the way, depending on your arrival time you will need a day room at the Palau Marine Club (Antelope Guest House). Very plain rooms, shared. Bathroom, scary first impression.The resort uses the Koror Tour operations heading out to Peleliu for a day trip to bring their guests to the island, that's why times are confirmed last minute. the 1 hour ride gave us a first impression of the beauty of the rock islands, that's when we got excited. Peleliu is a quaint island, very lush, the settlements are rather basic and not well kept. Dolphin Bay really stands out with their Well maintained resort, everything is kept in shape nicely, the gardens surrounding the 7 chalets are absolutely beautiful, great sea views and sunsets from the porch. Not suitable for single travelers but rather a couples / family venue. The bungalow is not luxurious but has a good standard of amenities, air on, fan, and is kept very clean. It fits in perfectly into the lush surroundings... Food: we really liked the food for dinner, a good variety of Asian dishes, nothing fancy but very tasty as long as you don't expect Wiener Schnitzel. breakfast is repetitive but yum I with some kind of egg, sausage, toast, butter and marmalade plus some fruit. Lunch is provided as Sandwich or a cold Asian platter served in a plastic box (Bento Box), eaten either on the boat, a beach or back at the hotel. We took the bento box, it was always good and plenty. Diving: there is one dive boat and currently one dive Master on site, the owner Godwin does not dive with guests anymore. When we were there a second dive guide was still working but he unfortunately has left the resort meanwhile. As with there resort, the diving is relaxed, the boat is big with a decent latter. We were not impressed with the briefing, no drawings of the dive sites, no further information, we had to ask which shoulder the reef is on each time, but our dives were not really challenging so no Biggy. I would not recommend it for novice divers that require more intensive supervision. The leading dive guide did not really look after the guests, most of the time he was swimming far ahead, sometimes out of site and did not hear us shaking. No problem for us, we are rather experienced and a good buddy team, plus we kept close to the second dive guide Mirko (the one who has unfortunately left meanwhile), he stayed close to the guests and made sure everyone was ok and helped us on several occasions (I sucked water through my regulator and had to come up, plus a had a water alarm in my camera housing and needed to surface, in both cases Mirko helped us nicely). In general our dive trips were nice, the crew adjusted to our wishes to have lunch on a beach whenever possible, overall a great dive experience, nice staff. You get soft drinks and coconut during the dives, we saw schools of dolphins on our way to the sites and the captain always slowed down so that we could watch and take pictures. A word of warning to serious UW photographers: the diving focuses on big fish, and the dive guide keeps a pretty fast pace to either get to the plateau where you hook in or just make it past the long walls. Those hovering at one coral/nudibranch Playing with the camera for 5 min will be rushed to follow the guide. You kind of have to adjust to this style of diving, due to currents and often not great visibility plus sometimes other divers at the same spot you don't really want to get lost and Sander, the leading dive master, will not wait for you. Again we were lucky to still have the the second Dive guide Mirko In the water with us who always waited. Dive sites: which dive sites are chosen mainly depends on the guests and what kind of permit they have. We decided to have the Peleliu and Koror permit on arrival and were lucky to see dive sites in both areas, others who arrived later were hoping to dive the Peleliu sites but never made it there. Again no biggie, since all sites are quite nice, for us our favorites were Peleliu express, blue corner, new drop off, virgin blue hole and turtle cove. The resort does not go to the Sias / Ulong area, you have to book this through one of the Koror operations. Negative: at times we did feel a bit milked, e.g. We wanted to keep the room until 13.30 h instead of 12.00 h - costs 30$, even though there were no subsequent guests, could we take their bikes just to get some ziggies from the nearby store - costs 3 $ per person..... You get the idea... We spend over 800$ just for additional dives, full day bike rental, boutique, drinks etc...., it really Wouldn't kill them to be a bit more flexible. Other than that we really enjoyed our stay and the calm atmosphere , going to Koror was rather a shock after leaving Peleliu. On Koror we made the wise decision to book a private boat instead of joining once of the big operations like Sam's or Fish'n fins, their boats were crammed with average 9-10 people. We can really recommend Swingstours, it's worth the the extra money, see separate review.
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Date of stay: March 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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williemo23 wrote a review Feb 2016
Estero, Florida10 contributions4 helpful votes
This was our first trip to Palau and we chose this resort as it was closer to most of the dive sites (20 minutes) than staying in koror (60 minutes ) so we would arrive to most of the dive sites before most other dive boats. We also prefer the feel of a smaller resort. The only issue you will have is the Internet connection is very sporadic on the whole island of Peleliu which is why they ask you to bring cash or traveler checks. The resort was nice; staff very friendly. The bungalows are clean and have great views of the water. Food was good and favored Philippine style a bit; Joy is a great cook and was happy to use the wahoo we caught for dinner a few nights. Kayaking and bike riding were great as the island is 2 miles wide and 6 miles long. There is a lot of WWII history on this island including tanks and machinery that is still there.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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