We hope you can join us (Galen & Nicole) on this amazing Palau
snorkeling trip in 2021. Palau has been on the top of our list of snorkeling
spots to visit for a long time, and we finally get to go! So many people
we trust, who have been everywhere in the world, have said Palau is
very special and not to be missed. It is one of the most remote and
diverse marine snorkeling areas in the world, boasting over 1500
species of fish, and nearly 500 corals, and is considered to be
one of the "Seven Underwater Wonders of the World." (Note that a second date has been added due to demand, but Galen & Nicole will not be on that trip.)
This trip starts with a four night stay at a beautiful waterfront resort, with two full days of snorkeling by boat, some lazing around on beaches, and a cultural land tour
exploring some of the ancient archaeology and natural beauty of Palau.
Next, we board a wonderful yacht for a seven day tour of the hundreds of islands in Palau. We will snorkel a wide variety of the best snorkeling spots, and see stunning island and seascapes.
This will be a lucky small group of only 17 snorkelers, plus our guide. We will have 12 days in Palau exploring stunning reefs filled with healthy corals, see huge bait balls, turtles, pelagics, mandarinfish, giant clams, mantas, and much more.
Did we mention how excited we are to finally visit Palau?!
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.
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.
Our trip starts on the island of Koror. Our guide will meet us at Palau International Airport, and we will then transfer by ground to Cove Resort, where we will stay for four nights, and enjoy two days of boat snorkeling to local reefs, plus a full day land tour.
Next we will have seven nights aboard the Palau Aggressor II liveaboard yacht, for a stunning tour of the southern islands, visiting the best snorkel spots.
We will conclude our journey back in Koror, and off we go back home.
Cove Resort is very conveniently located, right on the water, with views of Rock Island and the marina. It is a wonderful place to recuperate a little from your travel days, and ease into some snorkeling of local reefs and exploration of the bigger island and some of its history and culture.
The rooms are nicely appointed, with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, and free high speed wifi, which is rare in Palau.
The resort also has the largest swimming pool in Palau. It's a great place to relax and have a drink in the evening.
There will be two days of snorkeling trips by boat that leave directly from Cove Resort's dock. They are all within a 35 minute boat ride, and offer stunning island views there and back.
We will likely visit sites around Ulong Island, the Ulong Channel, and Sias Corner. The sites are full of amazing hard corals, ample fish life, and sharks and rays who cruise the sandy bottoms. Napolean Wrasse and turtles are also commonly seen.
Between our snorkeling days we will take a full day land tour to explore the stunning landscape and archeology of Babeldaob Island, with lunch included. Despite its large size, it is one of the most undeveloped islands in the Pacific, with a population of only 500 people. Enjoy stunning views of nearby islands, waterfalls, and wilderness. One of the archeological highlights we will visit are the Stone Faces of Ngarchelong, an ancient site of stone monoliths of unknown origin.
Buffet breakfast is included, and lunches will be provided on the two boat snorkeling days and the land tour day. Some lunches and dinners are not included in this first portion of the trip (see inclusion/exclusions below), to give everyone the freedom of trying some of the many excellent restaurants in Koror town that are close by. Cove Resort itself has an excellent restaurant, The Hungry Marlin.
The liveaboard portion of this trip is exclusively for snorkelers and offers seven nights 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 we 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 our Palau snorkeling liveaboard we 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.
The liveaboard portion of this Palau trip will have sessions split between barrier reef and lagoon-based underwater environments. Sites such as German Channel offer good chances to see 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.
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.
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.
April 7-18 (With Galen & Nicole) - Trip full, but you can be on a waitlist.
April 28 - May 9 - Two double occupancy rooms available.
April 6-17 - Available.
2021 Trip Price:
$6275 US per person (based on a twin/double share)
2022 Trip Price:
$6475 US per person (based on a twin/double share)
Individual travelers - Ben will happily find someone of the same sex for you to share a room with.
The initial deposit for this trip is $400 US per person. At 12 months before departure there is a $600 US per person interim deposit, and at six months there is another $1000 US per person interim deposit. The final balance will be due three months before departure.
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 sign ups, 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 (pictured with Nicole) is our friend and snorkeling trips partner. He and his team are based in the U.K. and have around twenty years of experience guiding in Asia and beyond. He has been running his own business since 2010 and is primarily offering guided snorkeling trips, but he started with diving. He began 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.
experience going on one of his snorkeling trips we found it very well
organized, the guides were fantastic and very helpful, and the underwater experiences were exceptional. Snorkeling
groups really get the benefit of all of Ben and his guides' years of
experience in the water, and with different resorts and liveaboards.
of his trips are small groups of 12-18 guests, or with a similar ratio
of snorkelers to guides. And for where they visit, and how packed they
are with experiences, they are affordable.
His company is licensed and insured. Barring extreme circumstances they do not cancel trips, 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.