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The Remote Reefs of Palau and Yap

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 10 - 16 people
Destination(s): Palau  
Specialty Categories: Snorkeling  
Season: March - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 6650 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 7740 US Dollar (USD)

Republic of Palau is made up of over 500 idyllic islands, all clustered together in a relatively small area. Located in the Western Pacific. Palau only became independant on October 1st, 1994 and yet it has quickly become a model for the rest of Oceania due to the protection given to its marine ecosystems. Though the country is relatively westernized, Palauans still rely heavily upon their reefs and surrounding environments for food, so they are careful to protect these resources.

Day 1: Group flight to Palau. Transfer to our resort, our home for the next 11 nights. Welcome drinks, orientation and dinner. Includes: (D).

Day 2: Palau offers the snorkeler opportunities to see more species of fish and invertebrates than almost anywhere we can think of. Several anemonefish species are conspicuous reef inhabitants, along with Napolean wrasse, parrotfish, butterflyfish, angelfish, surgeonfish, anthias, groupers, moorish idols, and the list goes on and on. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Although not as profuse, we may also encounter hawksbill and green turtles, sting rays, and harmless reef sharks. The reef fishes here are highly specialized, occupying predictable niches, like the beautiful mandarinfish that thrives in shallow inner lagoon habitat. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: As a guideline, many people wear a thin wet suit when in the water longer than 30 or 40 minutes. Please remember that some kind of covering (such as a Lycra suit or even a t-shirt) when in the water is highly recommended as protection from sun, occasional stinging zooplankton, or to prevent coral abrasions. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Another aspect of Palau that we will encounter, is its historical role in WWII. Wreckage and remnants of the war remain prevalent, slowly being absorbed back into the lush forests that cover the islands. Over 60 wrecks, sunk during the the war, litter the bottom of the lagoon. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: We've arranged some exciting elements that should allow us to take best advantage of Palau's natural, historical, cultural, and culinary highlights. After our days activities, we will "explore" some of the island's best restaurants. We have selected some of our personal favorites, and convinced their management to let us bring 15 or so "friends" as well. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Finally, in addition to excellent snorkeling, and fine dining, we have invited key individuals associated with Palau's marine environment to share their knowledge, expertise, and perspective with our group. Of course, we will still delight in giving several slide-illustrated interpretive presentations, but we're sure we will all benefit from the contributions of our guest speakers. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: We plan to charter a private boat to be used exclusively by our group for exploration of the best snorkeling sites throughout the archipelago. Due to the nature of this program, we will have the chance to visit many sites that most visitors never see, from the inner lagoon to the dramatic dropoffs of the barrier reef. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: All snorkelers, from novice to expert, will enjoy this program. Your staff will gladly provide any needed snorkeling instruction, from floating to freediving. Whenever possible we will seek out protected water for our snorkeling excursions, but at times the surface may be choppy due to wind. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: The islands of Palau and Yap are some of the most scenic in the Western Pacific. They harbor thousands of vertebrate and invertebrate species. Today we will discover brilliantly colored fish, such as the Mandarinfish, are found in shallow reef habitats of both Palau and Yap. Though quite shy, Mandarinfish can be easily seen late in the day, once shadows encompass their habitat. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: Traditional fisheries continue to play a large role in Palau and Yap. Both islands have managed their marine sources extremely well, leaving a multitude of fish and invertebrates to proliferate on local reefs. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 11: After many years of dreaming about snorkeling Palau, it is our privilege to have the opportunity to invite you to experience the great joys this diverse Republic has to offer. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 12: After breakfast, we transfer to the international airport (by A.C.-van) to depart on our flight back home. Includes: (B).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Land only, including air within Micronesia (Yap to Palau to Guam), is $5,450 per person/double occupancy.

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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