Underwater Adventure: Palau vs Mexico April 9th, 2021 • by Matt Holmes 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) an adventure to Palau or Mexico’s Baja Peninsula might be the perfect fit. Palau: Snorkeling & Kayaking OdysseyThis 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 underwaterWildlife: 1,500 species of fish, sea turtles, giant clams, stingrays, stingless jellyfish, docile reef sharks, and 149 species of birdsActivities: Snorkeling and kayaking primarily, with cultural experiences and short hikes to World War II sitesAccommodations: 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 SafariAt 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 watersWildlife: Mountain lions, mule deer, gophers, badgers, whale sharks, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and an array of endemic birdlife including the Xantus hummingbirdActivities: Hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking, and snorkeling with whale sharks and sea lionsAccommodations: 2 nights at a boutique hotel with A/C and private decks, 5 nights full-service “glamping” with plush beds and a camp chef.