Palau’s phenomenally scenic Rock Islands rise out of a vast serene lagoon like huge emeralds floating on a cerulean sea. Our unique snorkeling and kayaking expedition, a journey we pioneered—and still unmatched in the region—brings you to dramatic outer reef walls teeming with massive schools of fish (it’s been called an “underwater Serengeti”), to rare old-growth coral gardens and salt-water waterfalls, and to hidden marine lakes surrounded by high limestone walls, which were first discovered by our expert Trip Leaders. Our private camps, tucked away on isolated beaches (we have exclusive permission to camp here), offer special access to this captivating paradise, along with delightful barbecues, sunrises and sunsets beyond the imagination, and wonderful stargazing.
This was the trip of a lifetime—over the top wonderful! Every day the trip became more interesting and amazing. I still wake up dreaming I am in my kayak! I have never had so much fun in my entire life.
— Diane H., Brandon, SD
Koror / Nikko Bay / Risong Bay
In the Rock Islands, kayak and snorkel amid a glorious world of jewel-colored parrotfish and old-growth corals, including Blue Devil Gardens, where blue damselfish dart between the corals.
Milky Way / Long Lake
Snorkeling above the wreck of a Zero airplane from World War II, we look for colorful angelfish and butterflyfish, and paddle across a cove known as the Milky Way. A rushing current carries our kayaks through a mangrove forest alive with birdsong to a mile-long lake, a hidden oasis for nesting birds and baby fish.
Jellyfish Lake / Big Drop-Off / Peleliu
Jellyfish Lake is home to millions of non-stinging jellyfish, and you’ll snorkel amid them—a surreal experience! At the Big Drop-Off (Palau’s legendary Ngemelis Wall), a sheer rock face plunging nearly a thousand feet deep, we discover a vibrant world of tube sponges, sea fans, Moorish idols, pyramid butterflyfish, square anthias, sergeant majors, and yellowtail fusiliers. After visiting battle sites on Peleliu, the scene of fierce fighting during World War II, fly to Koror and depart on Day 10.