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#14 of 36 hotels in Koror
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3.8
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3.5
Carp island Resort is on private island in Palau. Many beaches. Only 23 bungalows, with views of the sea. Only 10 minutes from the main diving sites. Quiet and nice.
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Gladys wrote a review Jun 2020
Palau1 contribution
I love the fresh breeze and sound of ocean waves..Cottage with bathroom, two beds, cold & hot water in shower room, & excellent customer service, just perfect for my family getaway trip. The island local food, so yummy, well prepared, i just can't get enough of it!!
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Andrew T wrote a review May 2019
Taipei, Taiwan422 contributions59 helpful votes
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I love it. Very environmental friendly resort. I stayed at the cottage with bathroom. There are no air conditioning in all rooms, but all worth it. Definitely will visit again when I return to Palau for my next trip.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Giovanni A wrote a review Jan 2019
Rome, Italy16 contributions7 helpful votes
My wife and I arrived three days ago. Don’t know how long we will resist. The food is beyond crap, but that was expected, I am not complaining. What is really bad is the size of the servings. We have been served the same small meal, literally, at breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. After eating the last spoonful of a meal we start the stopwatch for the countdown till the next one. There is no possibility to buy extra food, other than what we are given. We are considering fishing as a mean of survival. This is not acceptable for a trip that is far from cheap. The site is beautiful, the dives are wonderful, but everything else is a joke. Don’t think they will see me again.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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chrispuravida wrote a review Feb 2018
New York City, New York120 contributions75 helpful votes
I haven't been this excited to write a review in awhile because there is a real need here to clear the record and make the record clear. You will see several reviews that basically classify Carp Island Resort as a glorified dump. Nothing can be further from the truth. I would return in a heartbeat. You must keep in mind the resort is extremely remote. They are generator powered, they get their fuel and much of their food by boat. And yet they keep the operation running flawlessly. Think of it as an outpost of civilization in a true wilderness. My wife and I visited Carp for a few days when we got chased out of the Rock Islands by a small typhoon during a multi-day kayaking trip. We got to Carp just ahead of the storm, and we were immediately, warmly welcomed by the Japanese proprietor and her amazingly hard-working and amiable staff. I can tell you, the sparse furnishings, the shared -hot- showers and bathrooms, all felt like the most deliciously luxurious resort I've ever seen - after night upon night camping on the uninhabited Rock Islands. The food was excellent and prepared with a mixed Palauan and Japanese flair. Fresh sushi was available daily. Their dive boats and equipment seemed pretty up to date- although we didn't dive this trip. They appear professional and diligent and we plan to return for diving... which is legendary in the area. We loved Carp Island and unless you simply can't break out of the generic resort mold, you will too. It's beautiful and fun and very remote.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: the dive house was perfectly acceptable but they have larger more pricey options
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Response from CarpIslandResort, Guest Relations Manager at Carp Island Resort
Responded Feb 28, 2018
Dear Mr. Chris, Thank you for your comment! Our Dynamic team is always happy and attentively serve our guest the best possible way we could. And we are so happy to learn that you are satisfied with your stay with us. Looking forward to see you again next time.
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Matti wrote a review Jan 2018
Tampere, Finland115 contributions31 helpful votes
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I read a lot of bad reviews of this place beforehand but my review is quite the opposite: we had great food, brilliant service, good atmosphere and fast prepaid internet if needed. We spent here one week this January and the place was pretty empty which was perfect for us. The beach is really shallow which works great with small children. If you want to really swim, you can take for example one of the free cayaks and make a small trip some small island nearby. The waters are really clear but be aware of broken glass bottles here and there. Breakfast and dinner were included in room price, lunch 15$ if wanted. Theres also minimart where you can buy i.e. beer and wine. We did the 75$ snorkeling trip and it was half day trip gear and lunch included. Can definately recommend that one aswell. If you dive, this is the place to come to. All major diving scenes are just around the corner. You have also pay 10 day goverment permit to dive or snorkle, 50$ for 10 days. We stayed at the duplex bungalow at the sunset side and yes it was a bit rusty but a hundred times better than the similar ones i.e. in Thailand. If you are looking for an five star hotel, then you'd better go to a five star hotel. These are beach bungalows in an small island.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from CarpIslandResort, Manager at Carp Island Resort
Responded Jan 23, 2018
Dear Partner, Thank you for sparing your time to review your stay with us. We will try our best to improve our service to all our valued guests. Looking forward in welcoming you and serving you once again in our humble island.
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Confused_ExpatHanoi wrote a review Oct 2017
Hanoi, Vietnam499 contributions293 helpful votes
Though set in a beautiful location, the Carp Island Resort turned into a rather frustrating experience as the management really did seem like they could care less about their guests or maintaining the place, despite the high prices. What the resort did offer was a quite location with some of the closest proximities to the nation's best diving and snorkeling spots. Though the scenery was great in many ways (and we loved the two island dogs that followed us everywhere) it was also rather frustrating as there was no place to swim off the beach (even at high tide) and despite being on an island, zero seafood was served in the restaurant, Instead diners can expect some thin slices of defrosted american beef and some rice. Even for breakfast when my partner and I were the only guests, all we received was two overcooked cold fried eggs, defrosted wonder bread, and 2 slices of watermelon....it was in short the worst food we had in all of Palau. There is something incredibly infuriating about being on an island where you can see crystal clear waters but cannot eat fresh seafood or go for a swim. So close and yet so far. If you are going on the daily snorkeling or diving trips however these problems can be somewhat mitigated. However, when we opted for a third option of taking out one of their kayaks to explore the atoll we soon found a problem...a rather large hole in the hull. 45 minutes into our journey we began to sink and it took us a few hours to make it back after several attempts to drain the water and build a plug. This was beyond infuriating but what was honestly worse was telling the 'resort manager' our problem and having her just shrug. Upon not receiving even a bare human apology for the massive troubles we endured, I pressed her and asked if she would get the kayak repaired...to which I was told "sure, i guess, why not". In short, if you want to be close to the diving spots and off the grid, Carp Island can be a decent option but for the same money you can also just stay on Pelelieu and have some hosts who actually give a damn about their guests.
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Date of stay: April 2017
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: get a sunrise room to have some needed wind flow to cool down the bungalow
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Dave wrote a review Sep 2017
Milan, Italy44 contributions23 helpful votes
after travelling around Palau intensively, i can definitely say that Carp Island is the right compromise. Huge lagoon, beautiful nature and perfect location for diving. The resort is not stunning but it makes you feel in a lost paradise. Don't go to Palau if you want a comfortable and chilly holiday...
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Date of stay: October 2016
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sina m wrote a review Aug 2017
Washington DC, District of Columbia5 contributions3 helpful votes
Carp island Resort is minutes away from world class diving, in minutes you will experience some of the best dives in our unfortunately vanishing dive adventure. Do not compare this to a five star hotel, but to a intimate hideaway, grab your gear , a good book and wine and you are set.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Quaint hideaway, to read, walk and dive, no shopping and no gas stations nearby
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Heather K wrote a review Mar 2017
Spokane, Washington28 contributions9 helpful votes
An amazing location--a bit rustic, but absolutely beautiful and lots of off-island trips to take. I haven't been here since 2004, so it may have changed, but it was very relaxing when I was there. Good for divers.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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mepu wrote a review Jan 2017
Milano, Italy28 contributions42 helpful votes
This place is ideal for divers who look for peace and tranquillity and are happy with down-to-earth, simple accommodation. That being exactly my kind, I absolutely loved it. Starting with the diving, the underwater life is stunning: the coral is in great shape compared to most other places (certainly the Indian Ocean), there is plenty of fish big and small; you don't see anything rare of fancy, but you see plenty. For example, we only saw the typical reef sharks (white/black tip and grey reef), but we saw several of them in every dive. Plus mantas, turtles and big schools. The dives are usually very easy and never deep (we never went below 25 meters) but in a couple of places the current can be quite strong. Now for the island: this is an absolute paradise. The nature there is really beautiful and a walk inside the forest is definitely recommended - we saw plants we had never seen before. There is a beach which, if you have done some research on Palau, you know is a big advantage (there is no beach in the Koror island outside of the luxury Pacific Resort, for instance). However, be advised that it's a highly tidal beach, which means that with high tide the water is only knee-deep until several hundred meters from the shore and with low tide, you can't even reach the water - you'd have to walk through hundreds of meters of mud. But it's great for chilling out, sunbathing and splashing in shallow water. The resort is quite basic, which is perfect: no one wants to ruin this natural paradise with a 5-star resort. The rooms are simple wooden bungalows with fans but no aircon, most of them have their own bathroom but not all. You can have meals and even order a beer with your food, but don't expect to be able to order a cocktail or even a wine list! The diving crew and the staff of the resort are fantastic, always cheerful and helpful. There is no entertainment of any kind, except for the hammocks, but again I consider this a big plus! All in all, this is a place for those who want to dive and relax, and I loved every minute of my week there...
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Date of stay: December 2016
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about Carp Island Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Carp Island Resort?
Nearby attractions include Surangel and Sons Co (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Carp Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and diving.
What food & drink options are available at Carp Island Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Carp Island Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include L' Amarena Gelato Shop, Coffee Berry, and Canoe House.
Are there any historical sites close to Carp Island Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Airai Bai (5.7 miles) and Airai War Canoe (5.8 miles).