We are so excited to be able to announce this amazing Palau snorkeling trip opportunity in 2020. Join 17 snorkelers on an exclusively reserved liveaboard yacht for a seven day safari to one of the most remote and diverse marine snorkeling areas in the world. On one of the dates you can also choose to add a three day luxurious resort stay at the beginning to relax and recover after traveling, do a little snorkeling, and explore some cultural sights, before boarding the boat.
This trip is being run by our partner and friend Ben and his team. Based in the U.K., they are experts in the Coral Triangle, run amazing excursions, and have a great
appreciation for the underwater world.
This small group Palau snorkeling trip
(17 snorkelers + guide) is a full week liveaboard with full board, exploring the best snorkeling that Palau has to offer. You will be thrilled with stunning reefs filled with healthy corals, huge bait balls, turtles, pelagics, madarin fish, giant clams, mantas and much more. Palau is listed by one organization as one of the "Seven Underwater Wonders Of The World". It's high on our list to visit, that's for sure.
Palau is a group of 340 islands in the Pacific Ocean about 500 miles east of the Philippines and north of Indonesia, 745 miles southwest of Guam, which you can just see in the upper right in the map below. Palau is its own republic, in a free association for protection and other services with the USA.
While technically just outside the region described as the Coral Triangle, Palau is being considered for inclusion because of its incredibly high marine biodiversity, with over 1500 species of fish, and nearly 500 corals.
Your Palau snorkeling trip starts after flying into Koror International Airport. Both the Palau Pacific Resort (if you choose to include that option), and the Aggressor Liveaboard boat are just a 30 minute transfer from the airport.
This small group charter is exclusively for snorkelers and offers seven days of adventure by liveaboard where each day will offer something different below the surface. The aim is to slowly circumnavigate Palau’s archipelago, but as the itinerary remains completely flexible you will be stopping to snorkel the very best sites that the country boasts, as well as ensuring there is enough time topside to relax and enjoy the comfortable liveaboard yacht.
From your Palau snorkeling liveaboard you will have excellent opportunities for encounters with large pelagic
marine life like mantas and reef sharks as well as masses of schooling
fish. Topography ranges from shallow coral reefs to plunging walls and
dramatic underwater scenery in superb visibility.
This Palau snorkeling trip will have sessions split between barrier reef and lagoon-based underwater environments. Sites such as German Channel offer good chances of manta rays, Big Drop Off for sharks and rays and Blue Holes & Blue Corner for beautiful underwater topography. At the lagoon-based sites you’ll explore tranquil areas with beautiful coral reefs and abundant marine life such as Ulong Channel and Ngemelis Coral Garden.
Given the time of year the trip takes place you may also get lucky enough to be present for a coral spawning event, and the ramp up in fish activity before and during that event.
The Palau Aggressor II is a 105 foot world class liveaboard yacht complete with nine cabins which come equipped with private bathrooms, showers and air conditioning. The onboard menu features chef prepared international cuisine catering for all dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.), as well as offering complimentary soft drinks, beer and wine.
In addition to a spacious lounge, the ship has a large sun deck, bar, grill
and hot tub with internet service available through the satellite
system. At night presentations will be hosted in the lounge.
The ship comes complete with a crew of six on hand to ensure comfort and satisfaction for all guests. All the snorkel excursions are made from the skiff which is lowered into the water by a hydraulic cradle.
Mastercard and Visa are both accepted onboard.
If you choose to accept your mission to start your Palau snorkeling trip by relaxing for three days at a stunning tropical resort after your long flight, then the Palau Pacific Resort is ideal. The beachfront resort is set in 24 acres of lush tropical gardens. This is the perfect place to adjust from the travel, relax in comfort, enjoy a half day guided snorkel session, and have more opportunities to explore the house reef by yourself. This option is available for one trip date.
You also have the chance to explore Palau topside with the optional full day tour
of Babeldaob Island (the Big Island). Hike across the freshwater
river, stopping to bathe in the mini-waterfalls and mountain pools along
the stream, until you reach the big 80-foot drop waterfalls, and
rejoice in the clear water. You’ll also visit the stone monoliths of
Palau's old civilizations.
Your stay includes delicious breakfasts that respect dietary limitations. There is also a spa, gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzis, tennis courts and watersport activities available. Enjoy the hiking nature trails or visit the orchid nursery of 8,000 plants, too.
This is a small group trip and we expect it to fill quickly. Your spot is reserved with your deposit. Contact Ben below for deposit instructions.
March 29 - April 5, 2020 (Liveaboard only)
March 26 - April 5, 2020 (Resort + Liveaboard)
March 22-29, 2020 (Liveaboard only) - Tailor Made or Independent Travel extensions can be made to fit your budget should you desire more time in Palau.
7 nights Liveaboard: US $3735 per person (based on a twin/double share)
3 nights Palau Pacific Resort: US $1195 per person (based on a twin/double share)
Ben and his U.K. based team are the organizers and leaders of this trip (more about them below). Galen & Nicole from Tropicalsnorkeling.com are promoting this trip, but all signups, trip organization and payments are made to and managed by Ben's team. TropicalSnorkeling.com does receive a referral fee in exchange for promoting the trip, at no extra cost to attendees.
How to Sign Up or Learn More?
Use the contact form below to contact Ben and his team to request more information about them and express your interest in signing up. They will get back to you shortly with full details.
Ben contacted us about his upcoming new snorkeling trips, and we were very excited to go on them and share them with you. We have spent a lot of time emailing and video conferencing with Ben (his company is in the U.K.) to work out the details of what is being offered, and to get a good feel for how we get along, which is very well indeed!
He and his team have around twenty years of experience guiding and diving in Asia, and eight years running his own business (which gets great reviews). He started offering snorkeling specific trips because he was aware that snorkelers often get the short end of the stick when thrown in with divers. He and his team love the freedom and low stress of snorkeling, and are very aware of the different needs of snorkelers versus divers, in terms of the reef depth, and calm surface conditions needed.
Ben is offering two different styles of snorkeler specific trips to different locations in Asia. You can choose either snorkeling intensive trips, where most of your time is spent with your head in the water, or snorkeling trips with more opportunities to experience the culture and wilderness above the water.
All of his trips are small groups of 12-16 guests. And for where they visit, and how packed they are with experiences, they are very affordable.
His company is licensed and insured. They have never cancelled a trip, and all funds are held in a trust until the trip is completed giving you 100% financial security if they or any of their suppliers go out of business before the trip happens.