This very unique snorkeling adventure offers 15 days of incredible variety of underwater wonders and cultural travel experiences. From a private resort in the Philippines you will get to see some of the most unique underwater reefs and sea life in the world, and then you fly to Palau where you will tour another of the most remote and extraordinary snorkeling destinations in the world, from a fantastic liveaboard yacht.
The Philippines are within the Coral Triangle, the epicenter of world marine biodiversity. And 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.
Join 17 snorkelers on an exclusively reserved and guided exploration
these stunning reefs. Both of these destinations are high on our list to
visit. We would be going on this trip if it were not for other
commitments. These locations have not yet been stricken with the coral
bleaching affecting much of the world. We just heard from someone who
returned from Palau who
raved about the extraordinary sea life.
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.
The Philippines is in southeast asia, in the western Pacific Ocean. The island nation is made up of nearly 8,000 islands. The island of Bohol, where your resort is located, is one of the more southern islands.
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.
This small group trip will spend five nights at Amun Ini Resort in the Philippines, on the island of Bohol, exploring the house reef from shore and neighboring reefs by boat.
Then there will be a short flight and a one night stay in Manila, before another short flight the next day to Palau. Once in Palau, there will be two nights at the Cove Resort, with an interesting cultural exploration of Palau's Big Island. Next you will board the Palau Aggressor II Liveaboard, touring the best snorkeling spots around the islands of Palau, before flying home.
The beautiful Amun Ini resort has a large white sandy beach
surrounded by coconut palms, and a superb fringing house reef directly
fronting the resort, that runs north and south a good distance. There
are sea grass beds in front where you can find frogfish, octopus and
juvenile fish, and coral gardens to the north and south.
Besides exploring the house reef, you will also have 12 boat snorkeling trips to the best coral reefs with the most sea life in the area. Soft coral gardens, stunningly colorful nudibranch, octopus, Mandarinfish and frogfish are just some of what you can see.
Each room at the resort is air conditioned, with TV and internet access, spacious luxury bathrooms, mini-bar, and a terrace with views of the pool, palm trees and their beautiful beach.
All meals are included from the resort's fine restaurant. You will be
served world class food prepared by chefs who trained at Manila's
leading culinary school. They pull from local family recipes, and
classic cooking techniques to create a menu that delights. Their
restaurant is open air with stunning views of the infinity pool, ocean,
and neighboring islands.
The chefs can accommodate most any dietary request.
When you are not enjoying the house reef or going out on a snorkel boat adventure, you can visit the resort's Hilotarium Spa and melt any stress or tension away with a unique aromatherapy massage based on ancient Filipino methods. The private open air spa is located on a rocky overhang overlooking the beach.
Your first two nights in Palau will be at the Cove Resort. Included is an overland tour up the rocky roads of the big Island, Babeldaob, to see the sprawling, panoramic view from the top of Palau's highest peak, with a hike across rivers and streams to view the big 80-foot waterfall.
Next you will board the Aggressor Liveaboard, chartered exclusively for your snorkeling group. From this comfortable yacht you will circumnavigate Palau’s archipelago. The itinerary remains completely flexible, 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. You may also get a chance to snorkel in the Jellyfish Lake, conditions allowing.
From your Palau liveaboard you 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.
This is a small group trip and we expect it to fill quickly. Your spot is reserved with your deposit of $1500 US. Contact Ben below for deposit instructions.
March 15-29, 2020
$6945 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. If he cannot find you someone, no single supplement surcharge will apply.
5 Nights Amun Ini Resort Deluxe Accommodation - Philippines
United Airlines inter-island flight from Manila (Philippines) to Koror (Palau)
2 Nights Cove Resort - Koror, Palau
7 Nights Palau Aggressor II Liveaboard
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 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 beyond, 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.
All 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 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.