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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank 409mattil
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CarpIslandResort, Manager at Carp Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 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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Reviewed October 4, 2017

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.

Room tip: get a sunrise room to have some needed wind flow to cool down the bungalow
Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2017

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...

Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed August 11, 2017

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.

Room tip: Quaint hideaway, to read, walk and dive, no shopping and no gas stations nearby
Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank sina m
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Reviewed April 20, 2017

We stayed 8 nights on that island, to be closer (only 15 minutes boat ride) to the some of the best diving spot in the world. I wish we could have stayed many more weeks.

I particularly appreciated:
- the kindness of the staff
- the professionnalisme of the diving guides, their awareness and respect for their environment
- the beauty of the Island and scenery
- the food
- the quietness and the lack of electronics (no TV... yay)
- the little beach equipped with hamacs, kayaks
- the trail in the jungle

I think improvement could be done:
- renovation of the bungalows (bathroom)
- the rental of the diving equipment was quite expensive

Overall, it was a very good experience.

Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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