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Dive Review of Neco Marine/Palau Pacific Resort in
Micronesia/Palau

Neco Marine/Palau Pacific Resort, Apr, 2005,

by Dale Thompson, CA, USA . Report 1643.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving S. California, Cazumel, Cayman, Little Cayman, Bahamas, Kona coast, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Buddy system, loosely monitored, allowed to dive to 130 feet without comment by divemasters.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Stayed at Palau Pacific Resort for 7 days, probably nicest place on the island, where guest population during our stay was split between Japanese tourists and American divers. Rooms small but well furnished, service excellent, restaurant very good with reasonably priced a la carte or lavish breakfast and dinner buffets. Part of Pan Pacific upscale hotel group, I'd recommend it to others.
Neco Marine had clean, well maintained, fast (35 kt) boats with sun canopies, side bench seats fitted with tank racks. Crew of two, one being the divemaster. We had two divemasters, one excellent, the other competent but not as good at pointing out items to divers. Most sites 30 - 45 ride on boat. Provided adequate lunches (sandwich or bennto box), lots of water and soda. After first day picked us up at Pan Pac dock. On last day returned to Neco to wash gear and settel up and found a very nice open air bar run by Neco adjacent (watch the semi-lethal Mai Tais)
Diving was excellent. Good visibility, typically 60-80 feet. Most sights (walls and caverns) were along perimeter reefs with current varying from nothing to 1-2 knots. Reef anchors were handy and used to "hover" at edge of reef where current comes up from depths onto reef tops. These edges were collection points for tremendous variety and numbers of larger fish, schooling fish and sharks. Reefs very healthy - coral, soft coral, sponges, etc. Many fish and macro subjects along walls and reef tops including lionfish, turtle, eels sighted nearly every day.
Went to Jellyfish lake - well worth it, but once is enough. Climb up and over ridge to lake from boat dock is steep, 10 minute, clamber over rocky trail and requires sturdy sandals or tennis shoes not the average wetsuit bootie.
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