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Underwater Adventure: Palau vs Mexico

When it comes to an epic wildlife vacation, you might first think of a safari in Africa. But for those who prefer a mix of active exploration and incredible biodiversity (and who love warm, tropical waters) a tour of Palau or Mexico’s Baja Peninsula might be the perfect fit.

Palau: Snorkeling & Kayaking Odyssey
This beautiful archipelago in the middle of the Pacific is known as one of the world’s best snorkeling destinations, complete with World War II history.
Weather: Year-round average air and water temperatures are a lovely 82°F.
Landscape: Jungle-covered limestone islands, white sand beaches, and thriving coral reefs underwater
Wildlife: 1,500 species of fish, sea turtles, giant clams, stingrays, stingless jellyfish, docile reef sharks, and 149 species of birds
Activities: Snorkeling and kayaking primarily, with cultural experiences and short hikes to World War II sites
Accommodations: 6 nights in hillside bungalows with A/C, traditional architecture, and stunning views, and 3 nights at a luxury resort

Mexico: Baja Sierras and Sea of Cortez Safari
At the southern tip of Baja California Sur lies a remote and little-explored region where you can be in the mountains one day and on the beach the next!
Weather: Nov-April temps range from upper 50s at night to upper 70s in the day. The water is generally between 70 and 80°F.
Landscape: Rugged, desert mountains inland with white sand beaches and rocky islands in crystal waters
Wildlife: Mountain lions, mule deer, gophers, badgers, whale sharks, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and an array of endemic birdlife including the Xantus hummingbird
Activities: Hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking, and snorkeling with whale sharks and sea lions
Accommodations: 2 nights at a boutique hotel with A/C and private decks, 5 nights full-service “glamping” with plush beds and a camp chef.


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