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Dive Review of Neco Marine/Palau Central Hotel in
Micronesia/Palau

Neco Marine/Palau Central Hotel: "1st Trip to Palau", Jan, 2019,

by Francis Loncar, WI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 11237 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Jellyfish lake Waiting for the other divers, no current today Manta up close while feeding Neco Marine from dock, pool and bar to the left Reef hooks for watching the sharks

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments [NIn January 2019 I spent 2 weeks in Palau diving with Neco Marine, which for many American divers is probably not as well known as Samís Tours. This is due to the way both go to market. Samís advertises to consumers and has an active Facebook Page, while Neco works through travel agents, generally bringing in dive groups, such as a group of 14 Italian divers that checked in to my hotel from my flight. This group had a separate boat and were transported together on a bus. My time was spent with various divers from around the world, mainly from Europe, 2 Americans from Guam, Canadians and Japanese. Neco provided transport from the hotel to the dive center. They provide concierge service, I delivered my gear on the first day to the shop, it was set up on the boat every day and then cleaned and dried for me to pack up at the end of the trip. One can get spoiled by the service.

As far as facilities, Neco has a modern fully equipped dive shop with prices for gear that seemed very fair for anything you forgot or broke during the trip. They have their own docks right outside the door, a bar and grill for the decompression stop, and a fresh water pool to cool off in the afternoon. Free WiFi allows you to catch up with home and show off your latest dive pictures. Food and drink were great with prices similar to back home in WI. The boats were Japanese Yamaha Hulls 40 x 8 feet, modified by Neco marine for diving with seating for 16 divers on padded bench seats that doubled as a storage bo ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Neco Marine   Palau Central Hotel

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Kauai, Cozumel, Fla Keys, Wisconsin, Palau, Maui, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport Palau Intl - ROR Getting There Connect through, Incheon

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 75-82°F / 24-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-100 Ft/ 6-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Needed to stay in a loose group due to currents
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Since this was a dayboat, the only accommodation for Cameras was a very large fresh water tank. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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