Palau has some of Micronesia's richest flora and fauna, both on land and underwater. As part of the western Caroline Islands, the westernmost part of Micronesia, this tightly clustered group of islands is made up of high islands, low coral atolls, and limestone Rock Islands. The main group of Palau islands all lie within a single coral reef.
With over 1500 varieties of reef and pelagic fish and 4 times as many species of coral than the Caribbean, Palau is one of the world's truly spectacular snorkeling spots. Things to be seen during your trip to Palau include immense tabletop corals, interlocking thickets of staghorn coral, soft corals of all types and colors, manta rays, sea turtles, moray eels, giant clams, gray reef sharks, sea snakes, the rare dugong or chambered nautilus.
Spend a day during your Palau tour with a Palauan guide who will provide a local's insight into this rich culture. Your guide will explain how this culture expresses itself in its intricately carved wooden story boards, its delicate woven artifacts, its dance, music, myths and legends. You'll visit the bai, the public meeting center which affords a glimpse into Palauan society through the painted carvings that tell a story on its interior posts, beams and gables.
Spend a half day exploring the capital of Palau. Visit the Palau National Museum, the Sakurai Memorial, the restored Japanese Shinto Shrine, and a remote village. Visit the local jail to see some of the best storyboards being made. There is a gift shop in the jail which sells the finished products.
The silent kayak is the perfect vehicle to tour Palau and its intricate network of sheltered bays, marine lakes, tropical beaches, mangrove channels and coral gardens. The kayak guides are all trained naturalists committed to sharing their knowledge of this diverse archipelago. Take a snorkel stop in azure waters and explore hidden beaches, while paddling in and out of the amazing mushroom-shaped rock islands.
ULONG ISLAND TOUR
Ulong Island is an historian's dream come true. Explore ancient Palauan rock art, forgotten Yapese stone money and historical monuments. Enjoy world-class snorkeling sites, tropical beaches and a journey into Jurassic Lake.
NIKKO BAY TOUR
Nikko Bay provides a fantastic mix of beautiful coral gardens, marine lakes and WWII historic sights. Enjoy paddling through tunnels, into marine caves and around rock islands.
One of the most fascinating snorkeling sites in the world isn't in the ocean at all, it's inland, on the island of Palau. At Jellyfish Lake, millions of stingless jellyfish float and undulate in slow motion through the salty, emerald water. A must see on any Palau tour, the lake is an unusual ecosystem in that it is an isolated marine lake inhabited by millions of harmless jellyfish that have no natural predators. An ethereal, other-worldly experience.
Plan on a day of action which will include cliff jumps, rope swings and underwater cave exploration. You'll kayak through a tunnel into Lost Lake, then brave Cassiopeia Lake, which is guarded by jellyfish and giant barracuda.
LONG LAKE TOUR
This Palau tour is a relaxing mix of kayaking, snorkeling and exploring. A rushing current through a crystal clear mangrove channel carries you into Long Lake. The lake is filled with giant clams, turtles, eagle rays and soaring birds. Other highlights include the Palauan burial cave, Secret Lake and the Milky Way.
Discover the bounty that lies inside Palau's pristine reefs and along the island's beautiful coastline. Explore uncharted fishing grounds aboard a fully equipped 26-foot power Seacat, casting for giant trevally, snapper and grouper along the reef and trolling for tuna and marlin. Enjoy a day of catch and release sport fishing on your Palau trip.
Enjoy Palau's spectacular sunset aboard the Eclipse.