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Dive Review of Neco Marine/Cliffside in
Micronesia

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Vicky Smith, GA, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
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

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  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
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
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
again.

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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