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Vacation in Palau, Snorkeling Tour in Yap

offered by supplier M08317 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 10 - 16 people
Destination(s): Palau  
Specialty Categories: Snorkeling   Island Vacation  
Season: March - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 6990 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 7740 US Dollar (USD)

Yap, with its traditional Micronesian culture and vibrant shallow reefs filled with a wealth of diverse Western Pacific marine species will be the first stop on our journey. We then travel to the remote archipelago of Palau where we find some of the most biologically diverse marine ecosystems on earth. From its prolific mangroves, vast sea grass beds, and unique marine lakes, including the exotic Jellyfish Lake, to its intensive patch, fringing and barrier reefs, Palau offers a wide variety of snorkeling opportunities.

Itinerary:
Day 1.
Our program begins once your flight from Guam on April 1st arrives in Colonia, Yap. We then transfer to the nearby Manta Ray Bay Hotel that will be our home for the next four nights. While a detailed itinerary follows, be aware that our itinerary will be heavily dependent upon the daily tides and currents so that we can offer the optimal times to visit particular sites.

Day 2.
After a late breakfast, we receive an overview from our trip leader(s) about the geographic region of Micronesia as well as a detailed itinerary for the Yap portion of our program. Lunch will then be served. Following that, it will be time to board our private boat and introduce ourselves to the colorful inhabitants of the Western Pacific’s warm tropical waters. Distances to most snorkel sites in Yap are quite short, ranging from 5 to 30 minutes by boat. B,L,D

Days 3-5.
These days will be spent in and on the water, visiting sites such as Mi’l Channel where reef fish and hard corals thrive. In addition, we will have the opportunity to snorkel the gently sloping fringing reefs of Gabach Garden Walls, where the variety of marine life seems endless. On our final afternoon, we will participate in a historical and cultural tour of the island. After dinner on our last day, we transfer to the Yap airport where we’ll take the 40-minute flight to Palau. Upon arrival in Palau, we will transfer to the nearby Palau Pacific Resort, our home for the next seven nights. B,L,D

Day 6.
Following breakfast, we plan to visit the Palau International Coral Reef Center which will provide an excellent introduction to Palau’s varied ecosystems and inhabitants. Lunch will be at a local restaurant in town. This afternoon, there will be time for a snorkel off the resort’s lovely beach. Dinner will be served at our hotel overlooking the lagoon. B,L,D

Days 7-10.
Following breakfast each day, we will meet our boat at the resort’s dock and head out to the Rock Islands and the surrounding environments, visiting inner lagoon reefs such as Soft Coral Arch and Lighthouse Channel. Winding our way through the mushroom-like islands, we’ll spend time snorkeling in several hidden marine lakes, home to unique marine life. “Mandarinfish Lake,” home to its elusive, yet beautiful, namesake, will most likely be on our list of snorkeling sites. We will also likely snorkel the one-of-a-kind “Jellyfish Lake,” an experience of a lifetime. Another highlight will be a drift snorkel through Lighthouse Channel. On several days lunch will be served on a sandy beach where we can relax in the shade of coconut trees. Other days we will return to the resort for lunch. Each afternoon, we will head deeper into the limestone maze of islands, snorkeling over WWII wrecks, lovely sea grass beds, as well as the patch, fringing, and barrier reefs. This area holds countless snorkel sites, including Iro Lake and Honeymoon Beach. Evening presentations will be given on several occasions before we sample the fare at the resort. B,L,D

Day 11.
Our last full day amongst the islands of Palau will be spent visiting one of the most dramatic tropical reef walls in the world. We will return to the resort for lunch. After one last snorkeling opportunity, we will head back to our resort where we’ll pack and prepare for our farewell dinner. We will leave for the airport late this evening. B,L,D

Day 12.
Flights back home depart early in the morning.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- all bus and boat transfers in Palau and Yap
-meals as indicated in the itinerary
-accommodations in hotels as specified
-all snorkeling activities
-guided cultural excursions
-local taxes
-group gratuities to hotel/resort staff
-services of the trip leader including any needed snorkeling lessons, biology lectures, and explanations of Palau and Yap’s cultural and natural history

Price Excludes:
-International and domestic flights
-flights within Micronesia
-increases in international airfare rates and departure taxes
-SCUBA activities
-rental gear
-medical immunizations
-passport fees,
-insurance
-individual transfers

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2000

M08317 is the only tour operator specialized in educational snorkeling programs. Snorkeling is a safe, easy, and enjoyable activity for participants of all ages and skill levels from young people to grandparents and is ideal for families. While we have many programs ready-to-go, we can also design and organize...

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