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PALAU AGGRESSOR LIVEABOARD

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Palau, 7 nights

Scuba Dive Liveaboard Trip

​Departing 12th December 2024

Pricing from $3035 per person plus flights

Join us on a 7 night liveaboard charter in Palau, onboard the Palau Aggressor II. Palau's mushroom-shaped rock islands offer a variety of exciting dives: WWII wrecks, shark-infested channels, blue holes and caves. During mating season, December through March, guests may see as many as 20 – 30 manta rays. All year-round guests encounter massive bait balls of scad at Ulong, German Channel and on the reefs of Blue Corner. Come along with us, meet new diving friends and have a great time.

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Departure Date

  • 12th December 2024

Bookings: Email Mandy at mandy@bespokejourneys.com

Palau diving
Palau Aggressor II
Palau diving

PRICING

  • Deluxe Stateroom from $3035 per person

Deluxe Stateroom
Diving in Palau

ROOM DETAILS

 

Deluxe Stateroom

  • Queen bed (lower) and single bed (upper) bunk-style, private head and shower, closet, port window, individual climate control and hair dryer.

  • Room - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8
  • Rm Size: 12' 2"" x 8' 6" feet
  • Top Twin: 79 x 41 inches

  • Bottom Queen: 79 x 62 inches

DIVE INFORMATION - PALAU

Palau location

Palau is located 900 miles southwest of Guam and 400 miles south of Yap, at the westernmost edge of Micronesia. Palau is north of New Guinea and east of the Philippines. It is surrounded by warm, tropical water with spectacular reefs, walls and wrecks, making Palau a diver’s paradise.

Palau dive map

Diving Details

  • Diving begins Monday morning and ends Saturday before lunch when the Aggressor returns to port. 

  • Monday through Friday there are four dives offered each day and a night dive on three evenings. Saturday a half-day of diving is offered. 

  • Beginner divers may find Palau's strong currents challenging. Most diving in Palau is drift diving, so divers should be comfortable with a current.

  • All dives during our Palau liveaboard scuba diving vacations are made from the 18-passenger dive skiff, which is lowered into the water by a hydraulic cradle.

  • The average water temperature is 82°F, 27°C.

  • 3 mm wetsuit is recommended.

Diving in Palau
Palau Aggressor II
Diving skiff

DIVE ITINERARY - PALAU

Big Drop-Off
A wall dive that begins as shallow as 2' at low tide and drops to 600'. It is considered by most to be the most beautiful wall dive in Palau because of its abundance of hard and soft corals, seafans, schools of pyramid butterfly fish, and a multitude of tropical reef fish.

Blue Corner
The best known and most highly rated dive site in Micronesia features a shallow coral shelf that projects out into the ocean and has vertical walls on both sides. An upwelling created by the currents attracts schools of fish and large pelagics to the top edges of the walls. The dive is best known for its schools of gray reef sharks that cruise the edge of the wall. Two resident Napoleon wrasses often accompany the divers throughout their dive. Dogtooth tuna, eagle rays, manta rays, white tip and hammerhead sharks, turtles, schooling barracudas, and schools of reef fish populate the site.

Blue Holes
This is a series of four large holes in the top of the reef that converge to form a gigantic underwater chamber. The chamber has a huge opening on a wall that is home to soft corals, sea fans, sea whips and hard corals. Large pelagics often encountered here include tuna, jacks, gray and white tip reef sharks, barracuda and eagle rays. Grouper, Napoleon wrasse, triggerfish, Moorish idols, butterflyfish, anemones and turtles are common at this site, which is situated next to Blue Corner.

Chandelier Caves
A short swim through a tunnel at depth of 35' opens into a cave consisting of three chambers. Beautiful stalactites formed by water dripping down through the rock island above, hang from the ceilings and give the caves their name. Tiny holes to the outside wood allow fresh air to enter the chambers so that divers can surface and admire the beautiful surroundings.

Denges Passage
This natural channel, situated on Palau's eastern coast, is home to an entire family of cuttlefish. The uncommon creatures, related to the squid family, are as accommodating to photographers as they are rare. They are not often encountered by divers because of the relatively few locations in the world where they can be found, their ability to remain relatively motionless, and their excellent camouflage.

German Channel
This man-made channel through the southwest side of the barrier reef is home to two diving areas. One site, known as Manta Rock, is a natural cleaning station where giant manta rays come to have their bodies cleansed of parasites and debris by cleaner wrasses. Gray reef sharks also often avail themselves of the wrasses' services. The area is also inhabited by barracudas, snappers, titan triggerfish, gobies, lionfish, leaffish, and an octopus. Nearby is a coral garden that features crocodile fish, nudibranchs, flatworms, anemones and clown fish.

New Drop-Off
Halfway between Blue Corner and Big Drop-Off, this vertical wall is similar to Blue Corner in that it is a shallow shelf that juts out into the ocean, catching the current and creating an upwelling that attracts schools of pyramid butterflyfish and barracudas, along with a number of gray reef sharks. The steep wall is covered with soft corals and seafans.

Ngedebus Coral Gardens
One of the best collections of hard corals in the Pacific, this dive features a spur and groove reef structure that supports turtles, cuttlefish, anemones, tridacna clams, white tip reef sharks, and thousands of small schooling fish.

Ngerchong
The island of Ngerchong, just beyond Denges Passage has two dive sites nearby: Ngerchong Outside and Ngerchong Coral Gardens. Ngerchong Outside is a sloping wall dive featuring sea fans, anemones, soft corals and many hard coral formations. Sharks, bumphead parrotfish, and schooling fish are frequently seen here, as well as an occasional manta ray. The Coral Gardens, also known as Ngerchong Inside, is probably the best dive in Palau for seeing an abundance and variety of hard corals. Table coral, staghorn coral, elkhorn coral, mushroom coral and brain coral are just some of the varieties of corals found here. In addition, many anemones with clownfish, along with cuttlefish, turtles and other fish thrive here. This dive can be enjoyed at any depth between 10' and 80'.

Peleliu
The island of Peleliu, at the southern tip of the main archipelago of Palau, is bordered by magnificent walls. The dive sites include Peleliu Corner, Yellow Wall, and Orange Beach, among others. Peleliu dive sites are mainly steep walls covered with sea fans, sea whips, hard corals and anemones, but dominated by soft corals. Peleliu is an excellent place to observe large pelagic life, particularly sharks.

Short Drop-Off
A sloping wall just outside the entrance to Koror Harbor that is covered with giant seafans. The top of the wall is a beautiful coral garden loaded with tropical fish and invertebrates.

Siaes Tunnel
An extraordinary deep dive on the west side of the Palau, close to the Ulong Channel. The dive begins on a sheer wall with the opening of the tunnel starting at 70'. You enter through an opening, which is about 50' across and 20' high, and swim through the tunnel, which parallels the wall for 150'. The inside of the tunnel is a large cavern with a ceiling at 80-90' and the floor at 120-130'. Halfway through the tunnel is a "Window" in the wall that looks out onto the deep blue. You exit through a large opening on the wall at 80'. Stingrays, turtles, schools of jacks, and sharks can be seen in and around the tunnel.

Ulong Channel
This channel is located on the west side of Palau, close to Siaes Tunnel and Wall. Its entrance is surrounded by walls that are topped by beautiful coral gardens. On the incoming tide, the mouth of the channel is filled with gray reef sharks. The channel extends for a distance of approximately one-half mile, averaging 100' in width. The maximum depth is about 60'. Coral covered walls run the length of the channel on either side. A shallow ridge running the center of the channel is blanketed with soft corals, hard corals, sea fans, and anemones. Unique to this site is a huge patch of plate coral resembling lettuce leaves that is home to schools of squirrelfish, soldierfish and glasseyes. The current provides a gentle push, resulting in a beautiful, leisurely ride along the channel.

Wonder Channel
Located within the rock islands just a short distance from Jellyfish Lake and Clam City, this channel is best dived on the east side along a wall that starts at the surface and reaches a depth of 80'. Soft corals, sea fans, anemones, blue and red starfish, crown of thorns star-fish, crabs, pipefish, and a large variety of sea slugs, flat worms and nudibranchs can be found along this wall.

Wreck of the Iro Maru
A 145' long merchant ship sunk during World War II by American bombers, the Iro Maru sits upright in 120' of water just 10 minutes south of Koror. Three mast and gun turrets at the bow and stern support a large variety of invertebrates and hard corals. The main deck is at a depth of 80'with open holds containing oil drums and machinery.

Sample itineraries and maps are for illustrative purposes only. The exact route and sites visited are subject to change based on local regulations, guest experience, weather and logistics, and is at the Captain’s discretion.

THE PALAU AGGRESSOR II

The Palau Aggressor II is 106 feet long with a 30 ft. beam, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. There is a beautiful spacious salon, large shaded sundeck with chaise lounges and deck chairs, bar, and grill. It is diesel powered, cruises at 10 knots and has 110-volt power onboard.

Comfortable accommodations for 18 guests include 9 spacious cabins, 8 deluxe which have a queen and single bunk, a private head and shower and one double cabin (#9) with a full and single bunk, private head and shower. Cabin #9 is located on the dive deck level. Each stateroom has extra storage and individual climate controls. They have a safe aboard to store valuables such as passports, cash, credit cards or anything else you would like to store.

There is a variety of nightly entertainment, including diving, fish identification presentations, movies, games and more. If you have a favorite movie or presentation to share, we encourage you to bring it along. The staff especially loves new releases of movies, recent magazines and books. A small library of books for exchange is maintained onboard as well as fish identification books for reference.

Dining

All meals and snacks are provided. The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with a variety of American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine. If you have any special dietary requirements, please be sure these are noted when completing the GIS. You will awaken to fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches feature hot soups, homemade breads, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Dinners are chef prepared and served each evening and include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. Once onboard, please speak to the chef about any special needs. Certain special dietary and beverage requests may not be available due to the remote nature of this location.

The Aggressor’s beverage selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, which are complimentary. Due to the high duty charged on liquor, we suggest you bring your special brand. Drinking and diving do not mix. Once you consume alcohol, you become a sunbather until the next day.

Diving in Palau
Food aboard Palau Aggressor II
Diving gear
Palau Aggressor II
Palau Aggressor II
Diving in Palau

Yacht Specifications

Built and maintained to the specifications of the local regulatory agencies and the regulations of the country of the flag.

  • Length: 106 ft.

  • Beam: 30

  • Passengers: 18

  • Staff: 7

  • Staterooms: 9

 

Deck Plan

Palau Aggressor II Deckplan

TRIP DETAILS

What is included

  • All meals and snacks. The beverage selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, which are complimentary.

  • Guests may dive up to 4-5 dives per day and there is night diving on 3 nights of the charter, conditions permitting.

  • Internet/Email,

  • Limited email is available onboard through the satellite system. There is a charge for incoming and outgoing email. Private calls may be made from the yacht. You can make phone calls for about half of the charter with proper SIM card. The boat's cell phone is available at up to $5 per minute. Satellite phone is available for emergencies when there is no cell service. Internet during the charter is not possible. However, internet while docked is possible and the crew can assist guests with the specifics of where to go or what to do for access while in port.

What is not included

 

  • Airfare to the Palau not included*

  • Airport transfers*

  • Travel insurance**

  • Staff gratuities***

  • Fuel Surcharge ($150 USD per person per trip)****

  • Port Fees ($240 USD per person per trip, 7 nights).****

  • 10% VAT tax on all onboard purchases imposed by the Palau Government****

 

* Mandy can arrange and book all your pre and post cruise travel requirements.

** Travel insurance is highly recommended. Mandy can provide insurance options.

***Tipping is voluntary and based on the service the staff has provided you.  The Manager will provide envelopes for gratuities upon settling your account at the end of the week.  Gratuities are shared equally among all staff. All Aggressors accept cash, Visa, and MasterCard payments for gratuities. 

**** These fees must be onboard the yacht and can be paid by Visa, MC, or cash (USD cash).

Additional information

  • Boarding: Sunday 4 pm

  • Check out: Sunday 8 am

  • Port: Koror, Palau

  • The average water temperature is 82°F, 27°C.

  • 3 mm wetsuit is recommended.

  • Please read the following documentation from Aggressor - Know Before You Go

Diving in Palau
Diving in Palau
Diving in Palau

FAQ's

Q - How do we book this?

A -  Please get in touch with Mandy at mandy@bespokejourneys.com

Q - Can you book everything we need for this trip?

A - Yes, we can book airfares, accommodation and anything else you may want to do before and after your dive trip.

Q - Is insurance necessary?

A - Yes, we highly recommend you get insurance.

Q - What insurance options are available?

A - We can provide you with a policy that will cover you if you are sick and can’t travel at the time of the cruise, this will give you back 100% of your monies paid with medical certificate from Doctor, there are also other conditions that this policy pays on. A Policy will be provided with all the conditions for you. Your age and the cost of your cabin determines this cost.

Cancel for Any Reason Insurance is also possible, but this insurance must be purchased at time of deposit. It will cover you at 80% of the money you have paid out, but it will allow you to cancel for Any Reason. Your age and the cost of your cabin determines this cost. This is more slightly expensive that the medical insurance coverage above.

Diving in Palau
Diving in Palau
Diving in Palau
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