What To Expect
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.
Traveling To and From
Most Convenient Airport:
Koror International Airport, Palau (airport code: 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.
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.
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 Palauan 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.
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 has an assortment of restaurants. Many of the best restaurants in Palau are Asian, specializing in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean food. Palau'an food is typically comprised of seafood, chicken, and pork with tropical fruits and vegetables such as mango, papaya, watermelon, bananas, peppers, breadfruit, and taro. Sweet potato and tapioca are also important staples of the Palau'an diet.