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Dive Review of Neco Marine/Cliffside in

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Vicky Smith, GA, US
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Report Number 5182
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, South Pacific, Caymans, FL Keys, Andros, Belize...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
I have been diving for 18 years, and had always heard that Palau is
fantastic. And, it was! Fish *everywhere* I looked - up, down, and all
around. Good reef conservation efforts as well. We dove with Neco Marine,
which has the same owner as the Cliffside Hotel (and the tony Palau Pacific
Resort). We were the only divers for two of our dive-days, and Neco Marine
still took us out on a 38' boat with twin Yamaha 225's (not a cheap trip).
The ride out to Blue Corner through German Channel was beautiful, and
diving Blue Corner by ourselves was amazing. The current there was almost
non-existent, so we didn't use our reef hooks. One of our dive guides
wasn't particularly friendly but he was professional and spotted neat
critters - like a well-camouflaged cuttlefish. I would dive with them

The Cliffside Hotel was a good value. There is free Internet wifi, though
the signal is very weak. The Hotel also has a pool, and very friendly &
helpful bar staff. Most of the guests are from Japan, and some of the
Japanese staff at the front desk were not overly friendly to us, but I
think that was due to being uncomfortable using their English. We could use
the beach/poolside facilities at the Palau Pacific Resort due to the common
ownership, and the PPR's beachside area is very nice - beautiful view of
sunset as well. PPR charges for Internet access, and their poolside drinks
are more expensive than at the Cliffside, though the menu is very similar.
For the money, I think we made a good choice staying at the Cliffside. We
originally booked a 'cabana room with jacuzzi', but the room is right off
of an open-air hallway and the curtains didn't cover the windows, so you
couldn't use the jacuzzi in private. We switched to a standard room with a
nice balcony on a higher floor, and were glad we made the switch.
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