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Dive Review of Neco Marine/Palau Pacific Resort in
Micronesia/Palau

Neco Marine/Palau Pacific Resort: "Wonder experience with Neco Marine in Palau", Aug, 2014,

by Robert L. Chapman, NC, US ( 2 reports). Report 8048.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments All our experiences with both Palau Pacific Resort and Neco Marine were 100% positive. We booked the trip through travel agent Jan Stogner of www.pacificdivevacations.com. We were very pleased with her knowledge, service and great advice.

Neco Marine was the best possible choice and we could not have been happier. Neco is a fairly major force on Palau. They also own the Splash dive center at Palau Pacific Resort, the shuttle bus company, and a part interest in PPR. They are also the country’s Yamaha marine dealer, so their Yamaha boats and motors are superbly maintained and nearly brand new. The Neco dive shop is first rate and their nearby Drop Off bar and restaurant was great.

Our boat captain (Ricky), dive masters (Edwin and Fabio), and our assistant dive master, a sweet young Japanese lady whose name, I think, is spelled Ko-ro-ru were all terrific. Each or our five dive days (two dives a day) seemed more amazing than the amazing day before. Because I seemed to always run out of air first, Fabio switched me from an 80 cu. ft. to a 100 cu. ft. tank. My partner and I used Nitrox. There were only 3 or 4 other divers on our boat for each trip: a US Navy rescue helicopter pilot and his wife and a prospective dive instructor from America one day, an Italian baker and his lady friend another day. If we asked, Neco picked us or dropped us off at the PPR dock. Jellyfish lake was astonishing! Neco also arranged for us and our new Navy friends to take a full day tour of the battlefields of Peleliu. That was a powerful experience.

The last day we were on Palau, we rented a four wheeler from Fish & Fins and went riding with a guide in the backcountry and up old dirt trails in the hills. Lot’s of fun.

PPR was doubtless the best place to stay. I think the only other Americans staying there were Delta crew. The Palau route is a real plum for crew members because they get a 3 or 4 day layover at PPR. Our only suggestion to improve our whole experience would be for Delta to land and take off during daylight hours. Leaving for the airport at 1 am is not that much fun. However a Delta pilot told us that the real reason they even go to Palau is to haul huge loads of fresh tuna to Tokyo’s fish market.
Websites Neco Marine   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Nassau, Abaco, Stancil Cay, Eluthera, Exuma, Turks and Caicos, Roatan, San Andres (Colombia), Bali, Negros Oriental and Cebu (Philippines) and U-352 off Morehead City, NC.
Closest Airport ROR Getting There Delta non-stop from Narita

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 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
UW Photo Comments [None]
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