Experience the Natural History Paradise of the Rock Islands


Palau’s phenomenally scenic Rock Islands rise out of a vast, serene lagoon like huge emeralds floating on a cerulean sea. On our active Palau snorkeling and kayaking expedition—a journey we pioneered—we bring you to a paradise of outer-reef walls teeming with massive schools of fish (an “underwater Serengeti”), to rare old-growth coral gardens and salt-water waterfalls, and to hidden marine lakes first discovered by our own expert Trip Leaders. Our private camps, tucked away on isolated beaches, are for our exclusive use and offer us solitude and special access to this natural history paradise, along with delightful barbecues, sunrises and sunsets beyond the imagination, and unbelievable stargazing.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Koror / Nikko Bay / Risong Bay

In the Rock Islands, gorgeous Nikko Bay’s calm waters offer idyllic sea kayaking above wildly colorful old-growth coral forests, and at Risong Bay, we snorkel in the absolutely pristine Blue Devil Gardens, where sparkling blue devil damsel fish shimmer between the corals.

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Days 5-6
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 special limestone cove known as the Milky Way. A current carries our kayaks through a mangrove forest to a mile-long lake, a hidden oasis for nesting birds and baby fish.

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Days 7-10
Stingless Jellyfish / Big Drop-Off / Peleliu

Palau is home to non-stinging jellyfish, and in beautiful marine lakes accessible only at low tide, we snorkel right amid them—a surreal experience! At the Big Drop-Off (Palau’s legendary Ngemelis Wall), 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.

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Snorkel and kayak the Rock Islands, a dream realm of hidden lakes, coral gardens, marine tunnels, and thousand-foot-deep walls teeming with sea life
Experience Palau’s kaleidoscopic marine life, with 700 coral species and 1,500 species of reef fish
Visit a Palauan “men’s house,” see Palau's famous stingless jellyfish, explore Peleliu Island's World War II relics


Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6195  
Arrive: Koror, Palau
Depart: Koror, Palau
Lodging: 3 nights beach resorts, 6 nights full-service camping
Meals: All meals included except Day 1 (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History, Sea Kayaking
Trip Level:

Snorkeling, easy to moderate sea kayaking on sit-on-top kayaks, 3-5 hours a day