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PALAU'S ROCK ISLAND SEA KAYAKING & SNORKELING

CAMPING ADVENTURE

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Image by Kevin Davidson - Courtesy Sam's Tours.


            DAY ONE-DAY TWO: ARRIVAL TO KOROR, PALAU

On November 7th, we depart from San Francisco, overnight in Los Angeles and have an early departure for Palau on November 8th.

We arrive in Koror capital of the Republic of Palau, where two thirds of the population resides.

The setting is a matrix of islands connected by bridges with incredible vistas of the Rock Islands dotting the horizon.

Arriving in the evening of November 9th, we will get settled into our hotel and have a brief orientation to our upcoming adventure

(double occupancy rooms and meals are served on the plane).

    DAY THREE: BABELDAOB ISLAND

Today will be spent exploring the Volcanic island of Babeldaob, an area rich in history and known for its stunning natural beauty. Traveling by motorboat through a mangrove lagoon, we'll look for the endangered saltwater crocodile and

other inhabitants of the mangrove community. Accompanied by a local naturalist we'll travel along a WWII Japanese cobblestone road and then hike the thick jungle trail to Taki, Palau's largest waterfall.

Our day will include a tour of Badrulchau, birthplace of Palauan legends where towering stone monoliths testify to

the origins of the Palauan culture.

In the late afternoon, we'll return to Koror and make final preparations for our kayaking adventure

(double occupancy rooms and all meals included).

   

  Image by Kevin Davidson - Courtesy Sam's Tours.

             DAY FOUR - DAY NINE: ROCK ISLANDS BY KAYAK/CAMP

The Rock Islands of Palau, a series of wave cut limestone formations, are remnants of ancient uplifted coral reefs that dot the horizon like rounded emerald jewels. Secluded sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, tranquil lagoons and

spectacular coral formations make these islands a world class snorkeling and kayaking destination. Each day, our local naturalist guide will introduce us to fantastic areas to kayak, snorkel, hike and beachcomb.

Snorkeling in the the tranquil blue waters of Palau is truly world class with visibilities often exceeding 100 feet. The complexity and health of the Rock Island reef community supporting over 600 species of corals and 1500 species of fish,

makes snorkeling in this region unlike anywhere else in the world.

Secret lagoons, hidden tunnels, mangrove forests, rocky pour overs and lush tropical scenery offers the kayaking enthusiast a tropical playground. As we kayak among these islands, we become increasingly aware of their historical significance.

Sunken ships, sponge encrusted cannons, war tanks and other memorabilia of World War II are often encountered adding

yet another fascinating element to our journey.

Our itinerary will be determined by weather and tide considerations but at each campsite we will have comfortable and spacious tents with a Palauan Crew preparing fantastic meals. Through-out the trip,

a support boat will accompany our group assisting with gear and logistics. Solar powered showers, a dining area with table and chairs and a portable toilet enclosed in a tent  add to our camping comfort.

Weather permitting we plan on visiting Ngemelis Wall, considered by the late Jacques Cousteau to be the world's most spectacular wall dive. Massive coral reefs teeming with iridescent reef fish thrive on the edge of a vertical drop

that suddenly plunges to the inky abyss. Spotted eagle rays, black tip reef sharks, hawksbill sea turtles and giant clams

are residents of this stunning underwater world.

                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                     Image by Kevin Davidson - Courtesy Sam's Tours.

Our destinations may include a visit to Black tip Lake where juvenile reef sharks can be easily observed as well as Blue Devil Gardens, home to the elusive sea horse. We hope to visit Giant Clam Beach as well as Jellyfish Lake.

This interior island lake is the home to a rare species of sting less jellyfish. Snorkeling among these harmless animals is an unforgettable experience. After visiting the spectacular reef nursery area at Lettuce Coral Wall

we'll paddle near a well concealed area know as the pillbox. These concrete blockhouses were built by the Japanese during World War II in an attempt to divert a U.S. invasion of Palau. Whether we are drifting through marine caverns

filled with strange stalactites, snorkeling among reef fish or hiking the lush tropical terrain, each day of our Rock island

Camping adventure will be unique.

DAY TEN: PELELIU ISLAND

Today we'll explore the island of Peleliu, another site testifying to the significant role this area played in American history. Traveling by van around the island, we'll see Japanese Shinto shrines, abandoned tanks, amphibious ramps and limestone caves where

Japanese soldiers hid out during the war. The history of World War II that remains on this island is a compelling and poignant page of American history, an experience not to be missed. In the afternoon, we'll settle into our beach side bungalows where hot showers

and a traditional Palauan feast awaits us.

DAY ELEVEN: PELEILU-KOROR-HOME

After a leisurely morning at our beach side bungalows, we'll take the afternoon boat shuttle to Koror.

Back in town, we'll have a farewell dinner before we depart for the airport to catch our late night flight back home

(Leaving on the early morning of Day Twelve . We will arrive back into San Francisco on November 19th ) ...

Image by Kevin Davidson - Courtesy Sam's Tours.