Palau Aggressor IIPalau liveaboard
The 32m Palau Aggressor II accommodates up to 18 guests in nine spacious cabins and offers year-round 7 and 10 night itineraries diving the best of Palau. Located at the western edge of Micronesia and made up of 307 islands, Palau is home to some of the richest coral reefs on the planet with approximately 1500 resident species of fish.
Known for its incredibly diverse dive sites from WWII wrecks, blue holes, sheer walls and drift dives, Palau is a beautiful archipelago offering everything a diver could wish for. Sites include the famous German Channel; a channel created by German miners in the early 20th century and now a busy cleaning station for manta rays, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, white tip sharks and huge schools of fish, Blue Corner; a spectacular dive, with often strong currents, divers hook into the reef and watch the sheer volume of fish and sharks cruise past. Hammerhead sharks, manta rays, sailfish, whale sharks and even whales have been spotted at Blue Corner, making it one of the most well-known dive sites in the world. There is also Chandelier Cave, giving divers the opportunity to explore the interior of a cave system consisting of 5 connected caves. Each chamber is filled with bizarre stalactites and limestone formations and has fresh air, so it is possible to surface, take your regulator out and breathe.
To find out more about this area, visit our Palau page.
There are many airlines operating flights to Manila from the UK and you would need to take a night’s accommodation in Manila prior to continuing your journey to Palau the next day. From Manila, there are direct flights to Palau operating twice a week, travelling on United Airlines. Flight time is just two and a half hours, although the flight times can be at unsociable hours!
The Aggressor offers transfers (at an extra charge) from the airport to the Palau Aggressor II, boarding time is any time after 4:30 pm on Sunday. There are no phones or taxis at the small airport so advance arrangements should be made.
Airport to Yacht/Yacht to Airport – embark/disembark on charter days: $22 per person . Hotel located close to the Yacht -embark/disembark on charter days: $5 per person. Hotels not located close to the yacht – embark/disembarking on charter days: $20 per person
7 nights: Double – from GBP £2669 / Deluxe – from GBP £2828pp
10 nights: Double – from GBP £3815 / Deluxe – from GBP £4040pp
Includes: Accommodations aboard the yacht in either a Double or Deluxe Stateroom, all diving with tank and weights, on air, all meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine
Not Included: International flights, overnight hotel stays, equipment rentals, nitrox fills, dinner on final evening, Crew gratuity, Port/park fees (USD $240 Port Fee)
*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Any length of stay is possible, please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.
Accommodation & Facilities
All 9 cabins have ensuite bathrooms with hot shower, hairdryer, individual climate control and plenty of storage. Deluxe Staterooms 1-8 are located on the main deck and have a lower queen bed with an upper single bunk and port windows. Cabin 9, the double stateroom, has a lower double bed with a upper single bunk and is located on the dive deck. Clean linen and fresh towel are provided throughout the trip.
Between dives there is plenty of space to relax in the spacious saloon, complete with bar, dining area and sofas or you can choose to enjoy the sun on one of the many deck chairs or chaise lounges on the large sundeck There is also a hot tub and a complete photo/video centre. If you wish to stay connected with the family back home, email is available onboard through the satellite system for an additional charge.
The meals offered on board are hugely varied with something to suit every taste and dietary requirement! Breakfasts include juices, fruit, cereals, freshly baked breads and eggs cooked to order, the buffet style lunches are a range of hot and cold dishes including soups, salads and sandwiches, and evening meals are a 3 course dinner served to your table. Beverages are complimentary, including a limited selection of local beer and wine.
You can expect 4 fantastic dives a day, with at least 3 night dives, conditions permitting. Each diver has their own personal tank rack and locker on the spacious diving deck and there is a large camera table for any photographers in the group. All dives are made from the high speed skiffs which can carry 18 divers. The skiffs allow for easy exits and entries with their specifically designed boarding ladders.
A thorough briefing is given prior to each dive, with staff offering both in-water and surface support. Strong currents should be expected in Palau which inexperienced divers may find challenging.
Palau is surrounded by warm, tropical water with spectacular reefs, walls and wrecks. It is also a marine sanctuary, abundance of biodiversity and sheer masses of fish, particularly many varieties of sharks.
Palau is recognised by divers-in-the-know as being among the best in the world. Explore the German Channel where you may encounter mantas with 3 meter wide wingspans and giant Tridacna Clams. You will also examine the beautiful WWII shipwreck, Iro Maru
Diving continues at Ulong Channel, Blue Holes and Micronesia’s most famous shark dive, Blue Corner.
Everyone explores the glistening chambers of Chandelier Caves. It is a shallow dive, with the large opening always in sight. The walls sparkle like precious jewels and stalactites adorn the ceiling as you surface into each of the cavern’s three domes.
Take time to see the Mandarin Fish who live in the shallows just outside the cave offering the perfect ending to a great week.
Transfer to the boat, check-in and meet the crew, Welcome briefing, Assign cabins, Prepare diving equipment, Sail to 1st dive sites
DAY 2 – 3
Dive, Eat & Sleep for next days
Breakfast in the Rock Islands
Diving begins at amazing sites like the German Channel where you may encounter mantas with 3 meter wide wingspans and giant Tridacna Clams. You will also examine the beautiful WWII shipwreck, Iro Maru. The boat sails south to Peleliu to the site of one of the fiercest battles in the Pacific during WWII, “Bloody Nose Ridge” . A local guide offers an informative island tour for a small fee
DAY 4 – 6
Enjoy the Show. Diving continues at Ulong Channel, Blue Holes and Micronesia’s most famous shark dive, Blue Corner. Countless species of fish and sharks rise up from the depth, swimming over the ledge and passing next to the Aggressor divers.
Day at Palau. Saturday begins with some diving. Explore Palau Saturday afternoon, the yacht returns to port to provision and fuel for the following week, for lunch, you may go to town. The Captain and crew host an evening cocktail party and will then arrange transportation to a local restaurant for dinner.
Checkout time is 8 am. The crew will assist in arranging your transfer to a local hotel. Itinerary may vary due to weather conditions and yacht location.
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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd
Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5pm
Tel: 01449 535010
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