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Dive Review of Neco Marine/Cliffside in
Micronesia

Neco Marine/Cliffside, Sep, 2009,

by Vicky Smith, GA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 5182.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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