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Dive Review of Neco Marine/Palau Pacific Resort in

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Stanley Zuk, NY, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4589
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Bonaire, Curacao, Caymans, Seychelles, Zanzibar, Mauritius,
Rodrigues, Maldives, Fakarava, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Cook Islands, Fiji,
PNG, Micronesia, many others...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
In late November I went again to Palau in order to enjoy one of my favorite
dive spots. This time I was diving with Neco Marine, and stayed in Palau
Pacific Resort. Neco Marine has a wonderful staff, very good boats, good
lunches, and you really don't mind 40 minutes rides to dive sites, cause
the scenery is so beautiful. Palau Pacific Resort is just great, lovely
staff, good house reef to snorkel, and it is definitely the best place to
stay in Palau. It all seems like a wonderful combination, however, the
diving was not the same, and most of us saw that overfishing has deprived
Palau of some procentage of its fishlife. Beautiful, sheer walls are still
as nice, but they were kind of empty, not teeming with fish like some years
ago, and if I had to choose between the fishlife and corals, I would rather
go back to Fiji again. We dove wonderful Blue Corner 3 times, and it was
always very enjoyable, with schools of small barracuda, small sharks,
turtles, and big napoleon wrasses, but on this visit, if it wasn't for the
Blue Corner, and the New Drop Off, we would not have much to see at all.
German Channel which we dove three times was very empty, and there was no
mantas at all. Most experienced divers know that diving is always like a
hit or miss situation, when it comes to big pelagics, or what you see on
each dive, however, we all noticed big dicrease in the amount of fishlife.
Palau is still a must see destination for all divers, and it is a
beautiful, and friendly spot, but when it comes to diving, I would rather
go back to Fiji, or my favorite Tuamotu Islands, where diving is definitely
much better.
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