Experience the Pacific Paradise of the Rock Islands

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 3 (Moderate) according to our trip grading system.

Average Day
• 4-5 hours kayaking
• 1-3 hours snorkeling
• Occasional short hikes

Challenge Days
Day 8: 2 hours kayaking including time in the open ocean (potentially with current), 4 hours snorkeling
 
How Tough is This Trip?
You need to be comfortable kayaking for up to 2 hours at a time and up to 5 hours in a day, and snorkeling in a variety of conditions, including drift snorkels with strong currents. While kayaking and snorkeling is usually at your own pace, it is sometimes necessary to be able to keep up with the group

Weather

Palau has a warm, humid tropical climate with some of the most uniform year-round temperatures in the world. The average humidity is a balmy 78 percent. Water temperatures range between 82 and 86°F. Rainfall can occur throughout the year, but is heaviest in June and July.

Accommodations

In Koror, we will stay in comfortable bungalows located up on a hill, with views of the jungle and the Rock Islands. While in the Rock Islands, we will stay at three different campsites, all of which are located on the beach. While not luxurious, they are comfortable and well located to begin each day’s activities. There are walk-in tents with a cot and an inflatable mattress pad, a composting toilet facility, a solar shower strung from the palm trees, and a dining tent.

Cuisine

Breakfast and dinner are served at the campsites, and include a variety of Palauan and Western meals. Breakfasts usually include fresh fruit and eggs. Lunch is picnic-style and typically includes sandwiches. Dinner is usually a barbecue with fresh-caught fish or chicken and vegetables. There are a variety of vegetarian options.

Transporation

Transportation on our Babeldoab tour is in an air conditioned van. Our kayaks are sit-on-top Mission XStream 400 Kayaks with carbon fiber paddles and high back seats. While kayaking and camping, there is a 33 foot Yamaha support boat with covered seating that we use to access the farther sites, and can also be used to opt out of kayaking or snorkeling.

OCEAN CONDITIONS

Most of our kayaking and sailing is in calm, protected waters. We have a few short crossings (both in the boat and on kayak) over the open ocean, and the sea can be rough if it is windy or stormy.

In general, we choose routes that are largely protected from high winds and strong currents, and we run the trips at the times of year when the weather is most reliable. We also adapt our daily schedule to local conditions.

EQUIPMENT

As one of the primary activities on this trip is snorkeling, we strongly recommend bringing your own snorkeling equipment to ensure a proper fit. You can rent equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit) in Palau if you prefer, though we cannot guarantee that your size will be available. The shallow water in the Rock Islands is generally warm, but a 2-3mm shorty wetsuit is recommended if you get cold easily, or at least a lycra skin for sun protection.

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.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.