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Palau, Palau Aggressor-Feb. 17-24, 2019

EVERYONE that goes to Palau WANTS to GO BACK and they love the Palau Aggressor II!

Join CIDA on this most amazing journey to Palau!!

Palau is located 900 miles southwest of Guam and 400 miles south of Yap, at the westernmost edge of Micronesia. Palau is north of New Guinea and east of the Philippines. It is surrounded by warm, tropical water with spectacular reefs, walls and wrecks, making Palau a diver’s paradise. Palau is also very scenic above the water, with azure lagoons and white sandy beaches. The Rock Islands, mushroom shaped limestone formations with rain forest foliage, provide unparalleled tropical beauty

Palau is a year round destination with something for every season.  While German Channel has many resident Manta Rays, during the mating season, December through March, guests may see as many as 20 – 30 rays!  February and March offer large schools of Moorish Idols, Unicorn Fish and several species of Butterfly Fish.

Pricing

  • Deluxe stateroom $3935.00/Double stateroom $3735.00 (total 18 people)
  • Price is per person and is based on double occupancy

Deposit and important dates:

What is Included

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • All meals & drinks
  • Tanks & weights
  • Pre-trip group get together

What is not included

  • Airfare
  • Extra activities
  • Trip insurance
  • Port fee of $210.00
  • Departure tax of $50.00
  • Transportation between local airport and boat $40.00 rd trip
  • Any tips

The Itinerary

Guests arriving at the Koror (ROR) International Airport on Sunday evening will be greeted by a crew member in uniform or a Neco Tourist Agent and transferred to the Palau Aggressor II but it is highly recommended to arrive in Palau prior to Sunday to get acclimated to the time change. As it gets closer CIDA will include info on where some of us will be staying the night before.

On Sunday there will be prearranged pick up from Palau hotels between 4 – 5 PM for transfer to the yacht for boarding with our departure from the dock on Monday between 6 – 6:30 am.  On Monday the diving FUN begins and will continue until Saturday noon.

Monday through Friday there are four dives offered each day and a night dive on three evenings.  Saturday a half-day of diving is offered.

On Saturday (our last day) after breakfast we will board the dive tender for a snorkel trip to Jelly Fish Lake then a dive at Chandelier Caves. The Palau Aggressor will make its way to port to provision and refuel for the following week while we are out for the day with us meeting the yacht at the dock after a fun cruise through the Rock Islands for lunch. Following lunch we can explore town, shop, sight-see or visit the Museum. The snorkeling at Jellyfish Lake has temporarily been suspended until the population of jellyfish rejuvenates. As the trip gets closer we will be updated on this. Saturday evening there will be a cocktail party and dinner ashore at 6 pm at a local restaurant of our choosing.

On Sunday check out is at 8:00 am with the crew assisting in organizing transportation to either the airport or a local hotel if you are extending your stay.

If you are traveling on the 1:35 a.m. Monday morning flight, you may consider booking a moderately priced room at the West Plaza. If you are extending your stay or are traveling Monday morning the crew will assist in arranging transportation to your hotel.

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The Palau Aggressor

One thing for sure after traveling on several Aggressor trips is that the Aggressor Fleet has excellent standards and the crew works very hard at keeping their commitment to offering the BEST trips they can and this one will be no different.

The Palau Aggressor II  is 106’ long with a 30 ft. beam and a crew of 6. She has been built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. It has a beautiful spacious salon, 50’ of sun deck with shading, chaise lounges and deck chairs, bar, grill, and a complete photo/video center.

It has comfortable accommodations for 18 guests include 9 spacious cabins, 8 deluxe which have a queen and single bunk, a private head and shower and one double cabin (# 9) with a full and single bunk, private head and shower. Cabin #9 is located on the dive deck level and each stateroom has extra storage and individual climate controls.

For meals lunches are buffet-style, featuring hot soups, homemade breads, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Dinners are chef prepared and served each evening and include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. The beverage selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, which are complimentary.

The yacht is diesel powered, cruising at 10 knots, has 110-volt power onboard and a large 18-passenger dive skiff, which is lowered into the water by a hydraulic cradle.

Palau Aggressor specifications and boat layout

The Diving

Palau offers truly world-class diving, with something for divers and snorkelers at all levels. With over 1,500 species of fish and 700 species of coral, the biodiversity there is truly enormous, and it is all carefully protected by the Koror State Rangers. Palau is not the easiest place to get to, but perhaps it’s the country’s very remoteness that makes it so special and it has some of the best world class (drift) diving in the world. Palau has everything: big schools of fish, lots of sharks, healthy reefs, World War II wrecks and history, and the world-famous Jellyfish Lake and Blue Corner. It all adds up to an outrageously good dive destination and one that rarely disappoints.

Several sought-after creatures are present in Palau all year long including blacktip reef sharks, eagle rays, hammerhead sharks, dolphins, whitetips and oceanic whitetips. Other creatures are a little more seasonal, although they too can be spotted at any time. Sightings of whale sharks and manta rays are more likely from January to April. Visibility often exceeds 100′ ft and water temps while we are there should be around 80 degrees.

Palau is known for its currents which are often present at most sites. As long as you are comfortable in some current, you will learn how best to dive the sites from the crew of the Palau Aggressor II to allow you to enjoy the amazing shark and big fish action.

All dives are made from the 35’ custom built high speed, outboard skiffs capable of carrying 18 guests for quick access to even the most remote dive sites. The boarding ladders were designed for convenience to allow divers easy exits and entries. The tenders return to the mother ships after each dive. Each diver has his/her own tank rack, locker, and spacious seating area. There is very little diving from the mother ships but by utilizing the custom dive skiffs for these short runs, guests will still be in close proximity to Palau’s finest diving. In between dives, you may snorkel, explore secluded beaches, or just relax with a cold drink and mid-morning snack.

Guests may dive up to 4-5 dives per day and there is night diving on 3 nights of the charter, conditions permitting. Nautilus Lifelines are recommended and are available for rent for $25 per unit per week. Dive alerts and safety sausages are required and are available for use at no charge.

*The Palau Aggressor II is currently not visiting Jellyfish Lake until the population rejuvenates.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is best suited for Advanced divers or above with good buoyancy control and a good level of fitness. Most all dives will be drift dives with some on wrecks. The dive sites to be determined by “BEST CONDITIONS” based on the weather while we are there. Surface signal tubes are required and dive accident insurance and trip insurance is highly recommended!

Trip Insurance

travel insuranceChannel Islands Dive Adventures urges you to consider purchasing travel insurance for your trip. In order to maintain our reasonable rate & high level of service, we do not automatically insure your trip against the adverse effects of weather or other factors that are beyond our control. Your vacation represents a very large investment, and unforeseen circumstances such as injury or sickness, airline issues, and family emergencies can easily affect your ability to travel. Get all the info needed to sign-up for DAN or DiveAssure here!

If you have any questions about this trip please contact Ken at (805) 469-7288 or email ken@channelislandsdiveadventures.com