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Dive Review of Neco Marine/Palau Pacific Resort in

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Dale Thompson, CA, USA
Report Number 1643
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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

Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Buddy system, loosely monitored, allowed to dive to 130 feet without
comment by divemasters.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
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
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