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. Palau is one of the best snorkeling sites on the planet, harboring more species of marine life than any similar-sized area in the world. It is also renowned for Jellyfish Lake, where visitors can swim with million of golden stingless jellyfish in a landlocked marine lake. On the island of Peleliu, remnants of World War II-era tanks and bunkers are reminders of the most deadly battles in the Pacific theater. A visit to Yap takes us to the most traditional corner of Micronesia, where Yapese still practice a traditional lifestyle. Yap is also known as the best place for seeing manta rays on a consistent basis, recognized by the recent establishment of the Yap Manta Marine Sanctuary.
COST: To be determined. Refundable deposit, $500
DATE: November 2018