Palau sea kayaking - Boundless Journeys
Palau
Snorkeling & Kayaking Odyssey

Explore Palau's unrivaled sea kayaking and snorkeling in the Rock Islands, paddle to hidden marine lakes, hike to waterfalls deep in the rainforest, and discover remnants of World War II archeology.

Palau Trip Overview

Micronesia's Palau, one of the world's finest marine ecosystems, is full of opportunities for exploration and discovery. Imagine the richness of a natural wonderland that lies at the confluence of three major ocean currents. We spend days kayaking among the famed Rock Islands, uninhabited and shaped like giant, jungle-covered limestone mushrooms, riddled with sea caves, tunnels, lakes, and secluded white sand beaches - all protected by a barrier reef just offshore. We explore with mask and snorkel, swimming with Palau's 1500 species of fish, in the midst of coral reef that has four times the diversity of Caribbean reef systems.

Itinerary at a Glance

Palau snorkeling and kayaking mapDay 1: Arrive in Koror, Palau.

Day 2: Explore the volcanic Babeldoab Island, with its spectacular waterfalls, jungle-draped hills, and evocative World War II sites.

Days 3-6: Kayak and snorkel among the Rock Islands' hidden marine lakes and pristine beaches with support of our private speedboat and beautiful beach camps.

Days 7-9: Take to the water with masks, snorkels, and fins for a snorkeling experience on the outer reef at some of the world's best underwater wonderlands. Eagle rays, manta rays, turtles, schooling barracudas, and other reef fish are just a few of the species that populate the area.

Day 10: Return flights home or continued independent travel.

The Great Adventure of Palau

When Boundless Journeys says it wants you to experience The World's Great Adventures, we suspect that a few of the greats come to mind instantly: trips like our Machu Picchu trekking trip, our Galapagos Islands cruise, or our walking trip in charming Tuscany. In addition to these, however, we want to introduce you to adventures whose greatness is marked, in part, by the unparalleled sense of discovery you will experience visiting these little-known pieces of paradise. Places that are as spectacular as they are unique, like the Republic of Palau, unrivalled as a sea kayaking and snorkeling destination. With days spent immersed in perfectly translucent turquoise water, tranquil evenings enjoying the stars and the sea breeze, and rewarding luxuries at every turn, Boundless Journeys' Oceania Odyssey is indeed one of The World's Great Adventures.

The Boundless Journeys' Advantage

  • A passion for travel. Simply put, we love to travel, and that is woven into every one of our journeys.
  • Unique, award-winning itineraries. Our flexible, hand-crafted journeys have received accolades from the world’s most revered travel publications.
  • Insider connections. There is simply no substitute for traveling with a knowledgeable insider.
  • Small groups. We tread softly, and our average group size is just 6-8 guests.
  • Flexibility to suit your travel style. We offer both small-group departures and Private Collection trips.
  • Customer service that goes the extra mile. There is no request that is too big – or too small.
  • Sustainability. We are committed to traveling responsibly.

 

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Our tours often fill months in advance, and our maximum group size is smaller than most tour operators. It's very quick and easy to reserve a trip. Give us a call at 800-941-8010 or complete the online Reserve a Trip form. We will confirm your reservation with a $500 per person deposit, payable by check or credit card.
 
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Group Size

4-10 guests

Trip Rating (1 Easiest - 5 Most Strenuous)

Description of Trip Ratings

Adventure travel may involve exotic destinations, varying levels of physical exertion, and activities that may be new to you. We want to make sure that you choose the adventure that's right for you from our many one-of-a-kind trips. Each trip is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest, and 5 being the most strenuous. A few of our trips have had a "+" added to the number, indicating something that falls in between. Our Trip Ratings may be found on the trip schedule and on our website. Our detailed itineraries provide additional information on what to expect on the trip you are considering (detailed itineraries are available by mail or e-mail; or you can find them on our website: www.BoundlessJourneys.com). We encourage you to call one of our travel experts with any questions or concerns that you may have. We are happy to assist you in selecting the most appropriate adventure for you.
 
EASIEST 1
 
Our easiest trips are generally hotel-based cultural and nature journeys that offer light activity. Walks and hikes (approximately 2 to 4 hours) are through gentle terrain with little elevation gain or loss. Altitude is not a factor on these tours. Other activities, such as snorkeling or sea kayaking, are optional. Examples: Galapagos Islands Cruise, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
 
EASY TO MODERATE 2
 
Hotel nights and/or deluxe, safari-style camping. Walking, hiking (approximately 3 to 5 hours), kayaking, or other activities on most days. Trails and paths are through rolling countryside, with occasional steep trails with up to 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Many of our hotel-based walking trips are in this category. Examples: Tuscany & Umbria, Turkey, and Bhutan.
 
MODERATE 3
 
Hotel or inn-based hiking trips, that involve full day hikes (approximately 4 to 6 hours), mostly on unpaved trails and paths through hilly terrain with typical elevation gains and losses of 1,000 to 2,000 feet. There may be occasional steep sections of trail. Examples: Slovenia, Amalfi Coast, Spain.
 
MODERATE TO STRENUOUS 4
 
Full day hikes (approximately 5 to 7 hours) through mountainous terrain with significant elevation gains and losses (2,000 to 3,000 feet). Terrain may be rugged with uneven footpaths. The average altitude is generally no more than 12,000 feet. Vehicle support is limited. These trips may involve some full-service camping or simple accommodations in remote locations. Examples: Tour du Mont Blanc, Peru Trek, Haute Route.
 
MOST STRENUOUS 5
 
Full-day trekking (approximately 6 to 8 hours) through rugged mountainous terrain with steep climbs and descents and the following present: elevation gains and losses of as much as 4,000 feet, altitude that exceeds 12,000 feet, and rugged uneven footpaths with some exposure. These trips typically offer minimal to no vehicle support and include full-service camping in a remote setting.

Activity Details

Easy sea kayaking and snorkeling, 4-5 hours per day with access to support boat; easy, short, optional hikes.

Meeting Point

Koror, Palau

Departure Point

Koror, Palau

Traveling to and From

Most Convenient Airport:
Koror International Airport, Palau (ROR)

Meeting Time and Place:
Upon your arrival in Koror you will be met by a representative from the Palau Pacific Resort (our first hotel) and transferred to the resort. Because of the late arrival of flights from the U.S., you will meet the group and your guide at 9:00 a.m. on the morning of Day 2 in the lobby of the Palau Pacific Resort.

Departure Time and Place:
Most flights out of Koror leave very early in the morning (at around 2:00 a.m.). We have made arrangements to check into the Palau Pacific Resort on the last day of the trip, to allow guests time to rest, freshen up, perhaps do some last minute shopping and packing, as well as attend a farewell dinner.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Physical Activity
Boundless Journeys’ trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Palau: Snorkeling & Kayaking Odyssey is rated 2, easy to moderate, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). No prior kayaking experience is necessary for this trip. Our guides will provide basic paddling instruction for anyone who needs it, as well as more advanced paddling tips for guests who already have some prior experience. The sea kayaking and snorkeling, while not technically difficult, will have you active for good portions of each day. Daily paddling duration is likely to be 4-5 hours, with breaks each hour or so for snorkeling and other activities. On a few of the days you will have the opportunity to do short hikes to inland sites. These excursions will be relatively easy trail hikes in the rainforest.

Preparing for this Trip
It is very important that you realistically assess your physical condition with regard to the demands of this trip. The more well-prepared you are for the activities, the more you will enjoy yourself! Please consider some sort of strength building and flexibility maintenance for your core and upper body. Done correctly, kayaking makes use of abdominal muscles and the muscles of the shoulders and back. Consult your doctor before undertaking any new fitness programs. 

About the Sea Kayaking
It is hard to accurately rate the difficulty of a sea kayaking trip as much of the challenge is determined by the weather. We plan our daily schedule and routes to avoid strong wind and to correspond with the tides. With the support of a speedboat, we have the option to motor through any difficult conditions and therefore ensure gentle and pleasant paddling. Still, it is important on a sea kayaking and camping trip that you travel with a spirit of flexibility and an openness to enjoy nature and all it presents.

Sea kayaks, especially the type we use, are very stable vessels. We offer both single and double kayaks, of the open cockpit, sit-on-top style. All kayaks offer dry hatches, adjustable seats, and thigh straps. The double kayaks come equipped with rudders.

This trip is appropriate for both those with previous kayaking skills, or for those who are new to the sport; no previous experience is required. Sea kayaking skills are quickly learned, and our expert guides provide paddling instruction and tips throughout the trip.

Camp Life
This trip offers a combination of both camping and resort accommodations. Our island camps are designed to bring as much comfort as possible into the beauty of Palau’s natural surroundings. Our staff will set up camp and take care of all the details. Our tents are safari-style with folding cots. Trip members will need to bring their own sleeping sheet or very light sleeping bag, but all other camping equipment is provided, including sleeping pads. The dining table is set with linens and covered by a protective canopy to shelter us from either too much sun or a bit of rain. Our camp chef will prepare all of our meals, sharing some Palau’an dishes and always using fresh, local ingredients. A freshwater solar shower and toilet tent are provided at each of our camps. We don’t use generators in camp, though we do provide a transducer on the boat, which can recharge batteries for cameras and tablets on a limited basis.

Weather
Palau enjoys a pleasantly warm climate all year, with an average annual temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Given the tropical climate, rainfall can occur throughout the year, though sunshine is still prevalent. Palau is located outside the typhoon zone, so severe storms are generally not a concern.

You can obtain more detailed weather information on www.weatherbase.com.

When to Go
Given Palau’s consistent weather patterns, any time of year is good for visiting. Boundless Journeys has chosen dates to maximize the potential for the best weather. And, no matter what the weather brings, the kayaking routes we follow are well-protected and there are many options for snorkeling. Palau’s water temperature averages 82-85 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

Palau Accommodations

Overview:  Three nights in a deluxe hotel, and six nights of full service camping.

Nights 1, 2 & 9:  Palau Pacific Resort
Koror, Palau

Palau snorkeling and kayaking - Palau Pacific Resort, Koror, PalauPalau Pacific Resort is nestled among 64 acres of lush gardens with exotic tropical flowers. Surrounded by the blue water of the western Pacific, this luxury hotel features a private 1,000-foot blanket of white sand beach with excellent snorkeling and a freshwater outdoor beachside swimming pool. Palau Pacific Resort rooms are all thoughtfully appointed with a range of modern amenities for a relaxing stay.

Nights 3 - 8:  Full Service Island Camps
Blue Devil Beach Camp
Ngeremdiu Beach Camp

Loulomekang Beach Camp

Palau snorkeling and kayaking - Ulong and Fantasy Island Camps, PalauEach night of our tropical island camping experience we enjoy the beauty of our natural setting with some of the finer luxuries of home: a dining table dressed in linen, a sheltering canopy, and safari-style tents with comfortable folding beds. Your camp staff will set up camp each day and your chef will prepare all meals with fresh, local ingredients.

A Boundless Moment in Palau...

Above the surface, the lake appears ordinary; flat, dark green, and tree-lined. We strap on our snorkeling gear and slip into the warm water, where another world awaits. Everywhere there are small, pale pink orbs, bobbing delicately, just beneath the surface. The jellyfish—hundreds of them—bounce harmlessly off our arms and we swim on through this wonderful alien space.

PALAU DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1  
Arrival to Koror


Upon arrival of your flight to Koror, you are met by a Palau Pacific Resort representative and transferred to your hotel. As most flights arrive late in the evening, we will meet as a group on the morning of Day 2.
Palau Pacific Resort, Koror

DAY 2  
Welcome Orientation; Babeldoab Tour

Walking – easy to moderate.


This morning after breakfast our guide meets us in the lobby of the hotel for an orientation to the week’s activities. We begin with a gentle day of cultural touring on the volcanic island of Babeldoab, with its jungle-draped hills and evocative WWII archeology. We drive to a number of wonderful sites, and stop in an ancient village to see a traditional bai, or men’s meeting house.

After enjoying a customary lunch of local foods served in hand-woven baskets, we visit Ngardmau Waterfalls. This hike takes us across open savannahs, canopy covered jungle, clear-water rock pools, and a gorgeous tropical river, culminating in a 70-foot vertical drop at the falls.  

Upon returning to our hotel, we may choose to relax by the pool or explore the white-sand beach at our doorstep. Dinner this evening will be at the hotel, as we prepare for an exciting week of paddling and snorkeling adventures.
Palau Pacific Resort, Koror

DAY 3  
Nikko Bay to Blue Devil Beach

Sea kayaking & snorkeling – easy to moderate.


With immense biodiversity and beauty, Palau provides unrivalled snorkeling opportunities. From the surface, creatures such as turtles, barracudas, and multitudes of colorful reef fish can be observed gliding among dense coral formations sprinkled with giant clams, sea squirts, and varieties of anemone. The sea around the famed Rock Islands, the destination for our first four days of kayaking and snorkeling, is dotted with the sunken remains of more than 75 World War II military ships and Japanese seaplanes. Located primarily in the lagoons around the Rock Islands, these relics have developed their own thriving ecosystems teeming with fish, corals, and other invertebrates not commonly seen along the outer reef. All of the marvels of Palau await our exploration in the coming days.  

This morning after breakfast, we meet for departure by motorboat to the Rock Islands. Our first stop within Nikko Bay is at Disney Lake, which we enter by paddling our kayaks through a small marine tunnel exposed at low tide. In this hidden lake we discover multi-thousand year-old reefs, with cathedral-like protection from surrounding limestone walls, preventing wind and waves from disturbing the delicate marine environment. As a result of the complete cessation of physical force, the reefs have grown into spectacular old-growth coral gardens, where corals are literally climbing over one another, competing for space. Corals that would normally be constrained by pounding wave action are curled up in magnificent swirling baskets, which are so thin that light shines right through the fragile skeleton. To protect themselves from intense ultraviolet rays, many of the corals possess fluorescent pigments which create a multi-color glow radiating from the reef.

After a delicious picnic lunch, we paddle to Lettuce Coral Wall, a nursery of sorts for small reef fish who will eventually make their way to Palau’s outer reef. The remainder of the afternoon will be spent exploring marine caves, filled with hanging stalactites, botanical treasures, and an occasional sheath-tailed bat. These caves are some of Palau’s greatest geological wonders, with names like Cathedral Cave, Rolling Rock Arch, and Skylight Cave.

In the afternoon, we make our way to our first island camp, Blue Devil Beach, to find our tents and the dining area already set up by our Palau’an staff.  Tonight’s dinner will be prepared by our camp chef with fresh, local ingredients.
Blue Devil Beach Camp, Rock Islands

DAY 4  
Risong Bay

Sea kayaking & snorkeling – easy to moderate.


With six isolated turquoise bays and two marine lakes, Risong Bay is a paddler’s paradise. After kayaking through a marine tunnel we arrive to a quiet oasis known as Black Tip Lake, where the gentle calls of Bush Warblers and Fruit Doves permeate the surrounding forest. For centuries female black tip reef sharks have returned here to give birth to their young. The innocent youngsters have no fear of kayaks and will frequently swim alongside boats in an endless quest for tiny fish.

Just outside of Black Tip Lake sits a reef flat known as Blue Devil Gardens. Sparkling blue devil damsels dance between the corals and are so numerous they can be seen from the decks of the kayaks. Black spotted puffers, threadfin butterflies, and cryptic honeycomb groupers liven up the reef with color and personality.

Each of the hidden bays within Risong holds a unique and distinctive habitat. The underwater walls of Kingfisher Bay are covered with multi-colored sponges, while Sunken City Lake protects miniature spires like castles of coral. Along the shore, White Terns and Collared Kingfishers perch on overhanging branches looking down into the teeming waters for their next meal.  

The grand finale of our Risong Bay adventure includes one of the most bizarre physical phenomena in Palau. As tidal waters flow out of an enclosed marine lake, they spill into Mandarin Fish Bay as a saltwater waterfall. The flowing falls can be heard before they are seen as we wind through a narrow limestone passage into this natural wonderland. The waters have been filtered by their artesian passage through the limestone and thus the bay becomes crystal clear for our final snorkel of the day. In shallow sunlit waters we search for pajama cardinal fish, sail-fin tang, and the enigmatic mandarin fish.
Blue Devil Beach Camp, Rock Islands

DAY 5  
Long Lake, Milky Way, and Einstein’s Gardens to Ngeremdiu Beach

Sea kayaking & snorkeling – easy to moderate.


Long Lake, an environment that hasn’t changed for 10,000 years, awaits our discovery today. We gather our kayaks and head in the direction of the lake as our camp staff packs up for our move to a new island oasis. We paddle into a small channel opening to a thick mangrove forest. We are amazed by what we see as the channel widens and we ride the tidal current effortlessly in our boats. The kayaks move under a shaded mangrove canopy draped with hanging orchids and epiphytic ferns. This long saltwater lake is a tranquil habitat for baby eagle rays, turtles, and giant clams. With skies full of tropical birds —White-Tailed Tropicbirds, White Terns, and White-Breasted Wood Swallows among them — there is much to see.  

From this secluded saltwater lake, we move on to the Milky Way, a lovely pale-water nook nestled in the shallows between two islands. The sea floor here is covered in soggy milky-white clay which can be used as a natural exfoliant. From here, we pass through a tunnel to the secluded Secret Lake. Underwater attractions include cuttlefish and exquisite sponge life of every imaginable shape and color. Upon exiting the lake, we come to the nutrient-rich and multicolored Einstein’s Gardens, so named because of the giant “brain” corals found here. The serenity of this protected salt water lake is powerful. Surrounded by high limestone walls, lush tropical vegetation, and the sights and sounds of myriad exotic birds, it is hard to take it all in at once.

We glance over the sides of our kayaks, into the perfectly clear water of the lake, and find enormous boulder corals of green, red, blue, and yellow, all packed together along the sloping wall of the reef.  The sheltering protection of the high limestone walls around us, combined with the overhanging trees that soften the light falling on the corals, and the constant tidal flow of water through surrounding tunnels deliver a continual supply of nutrients to these living corals.

Tonight we camp at spacious Ngeremdiu Beach, lined with swaying coconut palms and an open grassy field.
Ngeremdiu Beach Camp, Rock Islands

DAY 6
Stingray Bay to the Patch Reefs

Sea kayaking & snorkeling – easy to moderate.


We start our day with a snorkel over the stunning patch reefs of Fantasy Island.  Massive table corals, delicate bottlebrush corals, and multi-color stag horns dominate this luxurious reef. Hiding within this coral forest are a number of enigmatic beasts such as the stunning long nose filefish, which travel together for life in monogamous pairs.  Many coral obligate species dine on this reef to include the ornate Meyer’s butterflyfish.
Our support boat will then shuttle us to Palm Bay where we embark on a gentle paddle to Stingray Bay. The shallow sand flats are home to swarms of bait fish which are pursued by blue fin trevally, plunge-diving terns, and kingfishers. Whiptails and feather tail stingrays cruise the sand flats to bask in the warmth of the sun and to hunt for buried worms and molluscs.  

Next we venture into the kayak-exclusive Crocodile Hollow and paddle beneath epiphytic orchids and ferns within the canopy covered jungle.  After a picnic lunch on Klo Mariar Beach we kayak and snorkel over Palau’s world famous Rainbow Reef. We finish our day with a gentle paddle to Dreamland Beach where we rendezvous with our boat for a shuttle back to our camp.
Ngeremdiu Beach Camp, Rock Islands

DAY 7
Jellyfish Lake and Giant Clam Beach, to Loulomekang Beach

Sea kayaking & snorkeling – easy to moderate.


Our adventure today will no doubt be among the highlights of the trip as we venture from colorful Rainbow Reef into the secret and surreal Jellyfish Lake, where we encounter thousands of non-stinging jellyfish. Their existence in Jellyfish Lake is a fascinating evolutionary story, tracing its origin back 35 million years to the time when the Rock Islands were first created. As a result of colliding tectonic plates, erosive forces slowly ate away at the exposed sea bed, carving away what are now hundreds of islands with pockets in the limestone. These pockets continued to carve deeper and deeper into the rock until they reached through to salt water. Over time, the sea water percolated through the porous limestone to create a number of salt water lakes. With the sea water came microscopic organisms, including a particular variety of jellyfish. Trapped inside the lake, with little plankton to prey upon, the jellyfish were forced to evolve away from their predatory ways to an existence based on photosynthesis. In the end, the stingers became extraneous and were lost. As witnesses to this evolutionary phenomenon, we float gently in the water of the lake, equipped with just our masks and snorkels. It is incredible to feel the delicate bodies of the jellyfish swimming against us – truly a special experience; one you will only find in Palau! Other highlights of the day include snorkeling in Cycad Lake and visiting Giant Clam Beach – a place whose name will be obvious when you see its inhabitants.
Loulomekang Beach Camp, Rock Islands

DAY 8
Outer Reef: Big Blue Drop Off, Blue Corner, Blue Holes, New Drop Off

Sea kayaking & snorkeling – easy to moderate.


Today we have the pleasure of snorkeling along the Outer Reef. Big Blue Drop Off is a sheer vertical wall that runs along the whole length of Ngemelis Island, providing some of the most impressive snorkeling in the world. Amazingly, the edge of the reef drops down 900 feet. Pyramid butterflyfish, square anthias, Moorish idols, sargent majors, and yellowtail fusiliers are among the plethora of fish found along the top of the reef. Blue face, regal, and emperor angelfish are also easily spotted. Dwarf angelfish, such as coral beauty, keyhole, and gray’s dart in and around coral heads, and clarki and blue striped clownfish, with their host anemones, are also scattered here. Hawksbill turtles even like to feed and rest at the top of the reef.

Palau’s most popular dive site, Blue Corner, is recognized as one of the best in the world due to its concentration of marine life. It is the most highly rated site in Micronesia, and features a shallow coral shelf that projects out into the ocean with vertical walls on both sides. An upwelling created by the currents attracts schools of fish to the top edges of the walls. Napoleon wrasses, dogtooth tuna, eagle rays, manta rays, white tip reef sharks, turtles, schooling barracudas, and groups of other reef fish populate the area. At least some of these species will make an appearance during our snorkeling adventure here.

In case we haven’t seen enough in our odyssey today, we make a final stop at the Blue Holes, a series of four large holes in the top of the reef that converge to form a gigantic underwater chamber. The chamber, with its large opening in the wall, is home to soft corals, sea fans, sea whips, and hard corals. Large pelagics often encountered here include tunas, jacks, grey and white tip reef sharks, barracudas, and eagle rays. Groupers, napoleon wrasses, triggerfish, Moorish idols, butterflyfish, anemones, and turtles are also common at this site.
We return for one more peaceful evening at our seaside camp, and enjoy a well-earned meal before drifting off to sleep in natural synch with the breeze from the ocean.
Loulomekang Beach Camp, Rock Islands

DAY 9
Ulong Island; return to Koror

Walking – easy, 2-3 hours; sea kayaking & snorkeling – easy to moderate.


Our last day in Palau is no less incredible than the previous eight. We depart our stunning camp at Loulomekang for a 20-minute speedboat ride to the island of Ulong. White sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and  turquoise bays define this picturesque island. Ulong also hides some fascinating historic treasures including an ancient village site, hidden pictographs, stone terracing, and myriad artifacts from a lost race of Palau’ans.

Upon arrival we kayak from Turtle Bay to the Ulong Arch for a refreshing snorkel and a peak at all four of Palau’s colorful anemone fish. An easy 30-minute paddle through a diverse assemblage of tropical flora will lead us to the historic site where Palau’an’s had their first contact with the Western world. Befriending the shipwrecked Englishmen, Captain Henry Wilson, led to a life-long friendship between the Palau’an chiefs and the Europeans. We’ll enjoy lunch on the sandy shores of this protected cove before paddling on to the magical reef named in honor of this first contact, “Wilson’s Channel.” Colorful clams, spider conchs, and dancing damselfish grace this pristine coral garden.

Our grand finale paddle will lead to Ulong’s most beautiful stretch of sand. It is here that we’ll review the epic drama of where Palau’ans first came from, when they arrived, and how they managed to cross such vast distances to reach our remote shores. We then hike through a thick tropical forest to a UNESCO World Heritage village site, that was mysteriously abandoned more than 500 years ago. Our return to Koror by boat will take us through breathtaking scenery as we cruise through a labyrinth of islands, bays, and arches on our return to the comforts and amenities of the Palau Pacific Resort.

With most departing flights leaving tomorrow morning at around 2:00 a.m., we have time to indulge in some of the luxuries of the resort and share a celebratory meal before our late night transfer to the airport.
Palau Pacific Resort, Koror

DAY 10
Return flights home


You will either be transferred to the airport in time to check in for return flights home, or you may opt to continue traveling independently, or extend your stay in Koror.

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary to take advantage of weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these should the need arise.
 

Trip Length

10 Days

Trip Dates

Upcoming Trips:

  • Oct 26–Nov 04, 2014
  • Nov 23–Dec 02, 2014
  • Mar 08–17, 2015
  • Sep 28–Oct 07, 2015
  • Nov 25–Dec 04, 2015

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2015 Land Cost

$5,295 per person

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First two reserved on each departure: $195; Additional singles: $695

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Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement.* This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Please note, free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement* (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!

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  • All activities as noted in the itinerary
  • All sea kayaking, snorkeling & camping equipment

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PalauTour guide - Jake Oiterong - Boundless JourneysJake Oiterong: Jake was born on the remote island archipelago of Palau in 1979. While most of his peers flocked to the urban life in the developing capital of Koror, Jake preferred the outdoor lifestyle of his father and uncles in the traditional village of Peleliu. He spent his youth climbing coconut trees, chasing land crabs, and learning the ancient fishing arts for which the Palauans are world renowned. He spent his summers on the uninhabited beaches of Ngemelis (now a marine preserve) and Ngerchong Islands refining his free diving techniques and becoming the master fisherman of his clan (in Palauan this prestigious position is awarded with a title known as “Sechal Buik”).

After graduating high school, Jake needed to provide more to his clan than just fish and lobster, so he took a job with the Koror State Rangers and helped monitor turtle nesting sites and marine protected areas. He’s had a particular affinity to an endangered species related to the Florida Manatee known as a Dugong or “Mesekiu” in Palauan. In 2002 Jake stumbled across the mobile safari camp operated by the American Marine Biologist, Ron Leidich. The two naturalists were introduced and immediately realized that they were kindred spirits both of whom treasured Palau’s natural heritage.  The scientific and traditional philosophies melded together as they both came to understand their very different frame of reference. Jake has since grown into a highly respected and well sought after guide, combining his perspective as a native hunter with that of Western scientist. In addition to leading tours and sharing his knowledge with an international audience, Jake is presently embarking on a new career path as author and lecturer. Jake is now co-authoring books on “Reef Fish of Palau” and “Plants & People of Palau” which will illuminate Palau’s bio-fauna and flora while highlighting the traditional use of each species in his native culture.

“The Boundless Journeys trip to kayak and snorkel through Palau is the best gift I could give myself and my spirit. The guide and crew were experts and I will forever marvel at the abundance and diversity of marine habitats there – a marine Garden of Eden.”
– D.K., Dublin, OH

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