Just finished a trip with NECO Marine. Five days of diving, one day of snorkeling (Jelly Fish Lake and Milkyway), and one day of a land tour on Peleliu (World War II Battle sites and recent damage from Typhoon Bopha). Fabio & Stevae were our dive masters on the different days and both are great. Boat Captains Nick & Logan were also wonderful about sharing their local knowledge and cultural stories. Jenny in the shop made sure the whole trip was smooth, including our stay with connected Cliffside hotel.
Divers know that Palau is a top 10 destination (top 3 for me). I think we had a bit of all it had to offer, even with the slightly reduced visibility given the recent super typhoon (2 weeks prior to our visit). Four mantas and a spotted eagle ray on one dive to German Channel. Amazing schools of fish on every dive. Lovely healthy hard and soft corals. The typhoon did damage on land to Peleliu (the island hardest hit), but we didn't see any damage underwater.
The Cliffside was a great fit for a dive hotel. Large rooms with tile floors, air conditioning, balcony, and breakfast was included in our package. Only downside is that it is a cab ride to food, sites, and the shop (NECO runs a clean, new set of shuttles to get you back and forth to the shop). Cabs are generally just 5 minutes away and $5-7 from place to place.
When we come back to Palau, and I hope we will, we'll certainly go with NECO Marine.
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