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Carp Island Resort
Ranked #13 of 31 Hotels in Koror
Reviewed January 25, 2010

For those who want all the comforts of home....stay home. Part of the adventure of travel is to experience new things. I have read several cruel revues from fellow americans about carp island resort, cruel because they were so wanting a posh experience. I have been to Carp several times, I lived in Palau for 13 months and my visits to carp were wonderful, the food was excellent, and the Filipino staff was more than helpful. The fans were great , it kept the tropical night air moving around the room, and had a great sleep. I highly recommend this resort to anyone who wants adventure in their travel, and not just another cookie cutter hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 9, 2008

10 minutes to Blue Corner!(pic) depending on the tides. Are you kidding me? Anything that close to The Spot (a little overtouched) is a winner right out of the gates. Carp Island is an eco lodge that provides its guests with what they can grow or raise, chicken, pork, limited vegetables, papayas and of course daily fresh fish. (There aren't any Costcos nearby so don't expect too much.) If you don't dive there is great kayaking around the island & plenty of hammochs to nap and read all day long.

Yes Carp accomodations are a little spartan but for goodnes gracious look at where it sits on the reef baby. Right there just off The Corner and the Blue Holes and a few others that I can't pronounce. Its a shame quite frankly that Palau even allows people to occupy such a beautiufl tropical island so close to their pristine reefs. I wouldn't if I was president. In fact I'd make everybody hole up in Koror or on a liveaboard. Save the coral!

If it wasn't catering to Japanese than it would cater to the Germans or somebody else because Americans make up about 5% of the visistors (I'm guessing). But who cares who gets the preferred treatment. You're here to dive not to be pampered, come to Hawaii where I live and we can give you plenty of that but come on you're in Palau how lucky you are. Besides super resorts like Wakatobi are way out of my price range.

A word of advice. Be on your a game when you dive out there cause Palau is no place for beginners. And if you are new to the sport don't be ashamed to let them know and insist that the dive masters keep you in the easy breezy light and easy stuff because Palau is about the action and the aciton is found in the currents that circle the Blue Corner and the currents can be running hard. The Palau boys are normally on top of their game out there but they can be sidetracked and miss a beat so be careful, hit it hard but be safe. Palau Rocks! but truth be told, a little overdove. Been there twice. No tv on Carp so it's tough to go during the NFL playoffs.

  • Stayed: February 2008
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5  Thank diverdanhawaii
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Reviewed May 24, 2008

We had planned to stay 3 nights but left after 1 night. The rooms on the beach were spartan - bathroom outside of door on the porch and showers awful; 2 wooden double beds with bedspreads for sheet and covers, light bulbs hanging from ceiling, no reading lights, no carpets, and only a ceiling fan. Total Cost per night is $147 plus food costs which is almost entirely Japanese food. The dive shop we heard was not good either. Disappointed for sure in every way.

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Stayed: February 2008
5  Thank diverfromFL
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CarpIsland, Assistant manager at Carp Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2009

Hello,

It's true the rooms of Carp Island resort were, in the past, quite old. But now we are renovating them all, so this critic is already from the past!

We are new staff (assistant managers), European (French and Spanish) and we've been employed to adapt this resort to European and American taste (food, comfort, activities, diving center..)

This island is very special! This is the only private island in Palau, with beaches and very near from all the diving sites....and now, with nice and renewed rooms!

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Reviewed April 18, 2008

Positives: Great friendly, front desk staff. Close to many dive sites (German Channel, Blue Corner, Blue Hole, Big drop off, New drop off, etc.). Not too expensive ($143 inc. tax for a seaside cottage + extra $41 for meals = $20 dinner, $12 lunch, $9 breakfast). Nice, homecooked, All-you-can-eat meals. Great ice tea! Nice windy breeze if you sit in the corner of the area just outside the dining area. Nice place to sit in a hammock and just relax and enjoy the ocean views. Can play ping pong and "mini" pool/billards. FREE transportation to/from Koror if you stay at their resort ($5 additional per kayak which is a great price if you intend to transport a kayak there/back). Only resort on the Island... so not that you have any other choice... so you interpret if that is positive or negative...

Negatives: Not all dive guides speak English. The main one usually does but the others don't... they cater more towards Japanese divers. Website claimed Seaside Cottages had a ceiling fan but all that was in the room was a small table fan. So the room was quite humid/hot. Kinda expensive for meals compared to food in Koror (Can eat a great dinner for around $13 or less at the local restaurants). All-you-can-eat usually translates to first come, first served because when they have big groups there then they usually run out of the "good" food (sashimi, papaya) and you are left with slim pickings. Not too much to see/do if you are not a diver... you can only hike to "Stone Money" so many times. No grocery store or restaurant other than the main dining area (only a room where you can purchase soda, beer, candy, and some souvenirs).

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank amo4x4
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CarpIsland, Assistant manager at Carp Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2009

Hello,

We are new staff in Carp Island. We are French and Spanish. Assistant Managers and Diving Guides. Our role is to adapt the resort for European and American, so yes, now the food, rooms, comfort, activities are OK for everybody!

Now we have many activities: diving, snorkelling. walking, kayaking, visiting other islands (Peleliu, Rock Island, Jelly Fish lake...)

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Reviewed October 13, 2007

I can't begin to explain my stay at the Carp Island Resort. It was extraordinary. It's prestine beach and nearby divesites are what makes this such a unique place. The staff was very friendly and the time I got to spend there was quite memorable and I am planning to come again next summer.

Stayed: September 2007
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Reviewed July 17, 2007

i came to relax , see the beautiful views and have adventures on the other said of my world . i got that all in carp island . koror has good activities but the city itself is India style city if you know what i mean .the ride to carp was beautiful they all so come to pick you up from your hotel . the staff was wonderful and very friendly . i stayed in the basic dive rooms that wear good for me clean with basic furnished all i needed plus fan and mosquito nets . next to clean bathrooms and showers , they could change the shower kertain besides that it has good hot shower and very good water pressure .and they all ways had toilet paper . i did a little bit of everything i hiked ( in areas that look like its the summer house of Yoda ), did water activities , read my book on one of the many hammocks , had a massage and found amassing little reclusive beaches . their is breakfast lunch and dinner and it isn't the best , their is variety of fish and meat , still the best meal was a fish this 4 year old twins caught and shared with me a half an hour later . to finalize , i totally recommend carp island , it is beautiful friendly family feeling amassing natchor , and the people i met there i will cherish .

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled solo
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1  Thank gonglimor
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Reviewed April 1, 2007

Second time at Carp Island, and I can not remember a better place to stay and dive in over 20 years of traveling. The staff at the hotel as well as on the dive boats were extremely friendly and accommodating. The are always the 1st dive boat to arrive at the Blue corner, before all the other dive boats come from Koror, this is because Carp is only minutes away from some of the best dive sites in the world. I can not wait to return. The food was fantastic, fresh fish catch of the day at every meal, and all you can eat.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Carp Island Resort

Address: PO Box 5, Koror, Koror Island 96940-0005, Palau
Location: Palau > Koror Island > Koror
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Koror
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Koror
Price Range: $45 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Carp Island Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Carp Island Hotel Koror
Carp Island Resort Palau, South Pacific

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