PALAU AND YAP
Micronesia’s thousands of high volcanic and low sand and coral islands are interspersed with low-lying atolls and coral reefs encircling still blue lagoons. Just north of the equator, this is the remote unspoiled Pacific, with palm-thatched huts, outrigger canoes and coconut trees.
Harboring more species of marine life than any similar-sized area in the world, Palau is one of the best snorkeling sites on the planet. The abundance and diversity of its marine life, shallow water accessibility, and clear water visibility reveal a dazzling array of rainbow-colored fish and breathtaking corals. The famous Rock Islands are a maze of unsurpassed beauty, tropical gardens atop limestone ridges set in glass-clear waters. In addition to its great marine biodiversity, Palau is also renowned for Jellyfish Lake where visitors can swim with non-stinging jellyfish in a landlocked marine lake. Another aspect of Palau is its historical role in WWII. Remnants of the war remain prevalent especially at sites such as Peleliu, which was a major battlefield. Culturally, Micronesia is fascinating and a visit to Yap will bring us to the most traditional corner of Micronesia where Yapese continue to practice their traditional lifestyle. Yap is also known as the best place for seeing manta rays on a consistent basis, and in recognition of the area’s importance, the government recently established the Yap manta marine sanctuary.
COST: $6000. $500 non-refundable deposit.
DATE: October 4 – 18, 2018.