Photo by Ethan Daniels
Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||2 nights hotels|
|Meals:||All meals included except dinners|
|Activity:||Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History|
Our Trips using this Extension
Palau Snorkeling and Sea Kayaking
Choosing the Right Trip
We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.
Our post-trip extension provides ample opportunities to see Palau’s “Big Five”—pilot whales, spinner dolphins, dugongs, sharks, mantas—that are not normally seen in the areas we explore on our regular itinerary. Join us for what promises to be an exciting “safari” discovering some of Palau’s most fascinating creatures!
Optional Helicopter Flight / Paddling with Dugongs and Crocodiles
We meet at 9:30 am for our optional 30-minute helicopter flight that provides aerial views of Lee Marvin Beach, Ngeremdiu Beach, the Milky Way, and Jellyfish Lake, some of the wonderful spots where we spent the last few days. This aerial flight will also allow us to spot groups of dugongs, sharks, mantas, dolphins, and crocodiles, and show us exactly where we need to paddle to find them during the course of our three-day extension. After our flight, we depart Koror by boat in search of crocodiles within the labyrinth of islands of Nikko Bay (and in an area nowhere near where we paddled on our expedition). After lunch in a quiet, secluded cove, we’ll slip into kayaks with the hopes of paddling with dugongs, the only remaining species of the serenia, or moon creatures, distant aquatic relatives of the elephant. These slow-moving marine mammals graze on sea grass in shallow waters along coastlines in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Their feeding style gives them their more common nickname: sea cow. We finish the day with a snorkel at Lolita’s Coral Gardens, a patch reef similar to Honeymoon Beach. We return to the Pacific Palau Resort by speedboat. Dinner on your own and overnight at hotel...BL
We’re picked up by boat at 8:30 am and head out to the abyssal trenches on the east side of the archipelago where we hope to find spinner dolphins. We have excellent chances to spot these creatures as we cruise along: they frolic in the bow wake of the boat and often hang around for 30 minutes or more. In-water experiences with the spinners tend to be brief and our attempts will be based exclusively on their behavior. The primary goal of our day is to spot pilot whales, melon headed whales, false killer whales (all of these are known collectively as “Black Fish”), and potentially, sperm whales. All these cetaceans are highly social, ridiculously intelligent, and potentially curious. In-water experiences will be based on surface conditions and each guest’s confidence in the open ocean environment. Additionally, we’ll have hydrophones that help us pinpoint their locations. Return to Pacific Palau Resort for overnight...BL
Mantas and sharks
Today we head out through Ulong Channel and troll the open waters as we make our way to Ngemelis Island. Dolphin and whale encounters in this area are also quite common. We snorkel even more of the outer reef sites to include Shark City and New Drop Off, which are typically not included in our regular itinerary. As the afternoon incoming tide rolls in, we’ll slip in the water at German Channel to witness the barrel rolling feeding behavior of giant mantas. During the mating season (highly variable, but typically covering about 3 months per year), the mantas collect in massive numbers (as many as 18 last year) and form what we call manta trains. All this feeding and courtship occurs just below the surface, so even snorkelers—and not just SCUBA divers—have good chances of witnessing this behavior. We return to the Pacific Palau Resort as the sun sets and transfer to the airport for homeward-bound flights...BL
Prices are for 2014
$1795 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $1400
Optional Helicopter ride: $200 (subject to change) more on pricing
Extension Cost Includes:
- Accommodations based on double occupancy (including the night previous to the extension start)
- All meals included except dinners
- Local airport transfers
- All touring activities as noted
Extension Cost Does Not Include:Optional helicopter flight, dinners, airport taxes, alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, internet, etc., extra hotel nights in Koror (if necessary), optional gratuities to staff, transfer agents, drivers and guides.
Palau Pacific Resort
Located just outside the city of Koror, our resort lies on a spectacular private white-sand beach overlooking the blue Pacific. Guest rooms are very comfortable, and a selection of toiletries, slippers, and comfy robes is offered. The grounds are beautiful and full of lovely orchids (you can visit the onsite greenhouse where they are grown). There is inside or outside dining, a bar (try one of their signature Milky Way drinks), a swimming pool, an in-house dive shop, a hair salon, and a hot tub overlooking the Pacific. Breakfast at PPR is a treat, with generous selections for both Western and Eastern palates, including traditional Japanese items as well as omelettes and pastries.
Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.