Discover a Pacific Wonderland

Palau Private Journey

Palau

10 Days

From $7,695

Level 3

Moderate

Overview

    Contact Us Download Itinerary

    Call 1-800-368-2794 or contact us for any questions

    Overview

    Enter an aquamarine world of rare old-growth coral gardens, saltwater waterfalls, and outer-reef “drop-offs” teeming with brilliant tropical fish. On this unique Private Journey, you'll kayak across Nikko Bay, with its sheer limestone walls, snorkel in the Blue Devil Gardens, where sparkling blue devil damsel fish dance between the corals, and explore the vibrant outer reefs of Ngercheu Island, a veritable “underwater Serengeti.” Your private guide unlocks the secrets of this world as you explore each day, and Palau's phenomenally scenic Rock Islands provide a stunning backdrop. Comfortable accommodations are in a beach resort that offers you delightful access to this natural history paradise.

    Arrive: Koror, Palau

    Depart: Koror, Palau

    Highlights

    • Snorkel, kayak, and explore the Rock Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of pristine coral reefs and dazzling limestone islands
    • Experience Palau's famed marine biodiversity, with hundreds of coral species and 1,500 species of reef fish
    • Learn about traditional Micronesian culture, swim with stingless jellyfish, visit the evocative World War II battle sites of Peleliu

    Overview

      Contact Us Download Itinerary

      Call 1-800-368-2794 or contact us for any questions

      Itinerary

      Download Itinerary Expand All Days
      After arriving in Koror, head to Babeldaob Island for a hike to Ngchesar Waterfalls and a visit to the national museum to learn a bit about Palau's culture and history.
      The phenomenally beautiful Rock Islands are glittering emeralds scattered across a sapphire sea. Kayak at Nikko Bay, with its sheer limestone walls, drift-snorkel the pristine Blue Devil Gardens, visit a salt-water waterfall spilling into a turquoise oasis, hike in Ulong Island's canopy-covered forest to an ancient village site. At Wilson's Channel and the Ulong Arch, discover colorful damselfish, monogamous butterflyfish, and photogenic angelfish.
      Visit Giant Clam Beach, with its stacks of 500-pound clams, and snorkel at mesmerizing Jellyfish Lake, where millions of non-stinging jellyfish bounce off your body. Head for the vibrant outer reef of Ngercheu Island, where vertical drop offs descend into the blue-water abyss, and snorkel world-famous Turtle Cove, a vertical reef wall. At the legendary outer reefs of Ngemelis, enter an underwater Serengeti, a habitat for over 1,200 species of fish.
      After a fascinating day of exploring the Peleliu Island's historic battle sites, fly to Koror and depart on Day 10.

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: October to May. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $1,000
      120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $500 per person
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of local guides
      • Accommodations in beach resorts
      • All meals included except 7 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • All boat and ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Kayaks, paddles, PFDs (life jackets), and boat safety gear
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to guides or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional
      • Snorkeling equipment (wetsuit, snorkel, mask, fins)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Palau Carolines Resort

      Koror, Palau

      Days 1-9 (9 nights)

      Eight private bungalows with views of the rock islands across the bay are situated in a quiet spot where you'll awake to the warble of birds and the ocean breeze. Built from mahogany, mangrove, and bamboo, each bungalow features air conditioning, a separate sitting area, and a private bathroom. Several...

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. If you would like to complete all activities in the itinerary, you will need to be comfortable kayaking for up to two hours at a time and up to five hours in a day, and snorkeling in a variety of conditions, including drift snorkels with strong currents. Any activity can be skipped and will always be at your own pace.

      Average Day

      • 4-5 hours kayaking (Days 3-5)
      • 1-3 hours snorkeling
      • Occasional short hikes

      Review Trip Level Details
      Palau has a warm, humid tropical climate with some of the most uniform year-round temperatures in the world. The average humidity is a balmy 78 percent. Water temperatures range between 82 and 86°F. Rainfall can occur throughout the year, but is heaviest in June and July.
      You will stay in beach-side bungalows at two different resorts. While not luxurious, the resorts are comfortable and well located to begin each day's activities.
      Breakfasts are at the resorts and feature a variety of Palauan and Western specialties. Lunch will be picnic style during your day's activities and will be a bento box of Palauan food, a Mediterranean spread, or an Italian salad spread. Dinners are on your own (except for the Welcome and Farewell dinners). There are a variety of restaurants in Koror and a few options in Peleliu.
      Transportation on the Babeldoab tour is in an air-conditioned van. The kayaks are sit-on-top Mission XStream 400 Kayaks with carbon fiber paddles and high back seats. While kayaking, there is a 33-foot Yamaha support boat with covered seating that we use to access the farther sites, and can also be used to opt out of kayaking or snorkeling.

      Extend Your Trip

      Client Testimonials

      "I’ve been on lots of Wilderness Travel trips, but this was my best vacation ever!"

      Keieth R.

      New Orleans, LA

      Book your trip today

      Our Area Specialists know every detail about our tours. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!

      Itinerary

      Submit the form below to download itinerary

      Hidden

      Hidden


      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

      {"trip":{"TripID":10274,"Trip_Code":"PJPALAU","Trip_Name":"Palau Private Journey","TripYear":"2024","BrandName":"Wilderness Travel","BrandID":1,"Trip_Tag_Line":"see custom fields","Start_Location":"Koror, Palau","End_Location":"Koror, Palau","Number_Days":10,"Number_Nights":9,"DisplayOnWeb":true,"Book_On_Web":false,"Featured":false,"SpecialEvent":false,"BestSeller":false,"Short_Description":"<p>Enter an aquamarine world of rare old-growth coral gardens, saltwater waterfalls, and outer-reef &#8220;drop-offs&#8221; teeming with brilliant tropical fish. On this unique Private Journey, you'll kayak across Nikko Bay, with its sheer limestone walls, snorkel in the Blue Devil Gardens, where sparkling blue devil damsel fish dance between the corals, and explore the vibrant outer reefs of Ngercheu Island, a veritable &#8220;underwater Serengeti.&#8221; Your private guide unlocks the secrets of this world as you explore each day, and Palau's phenomenally scenic Rock Islands provide a stunning backdrop. Comfortable accommodations are in a beach resort that offers you delightful access to this natural history paradise.<\/p>","Long_Description":"<p><\/p>","ActivityHighlight":"Snorkeling, easy to moderate sea kayaking (3-5 hours a day on Days 3-5), easy hikes, exploration by boat","TripType":"Private Journey","HeaderImage":"","HeaderImageAltTag":"","ThumbnailImage":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/thumb-PJPALAU-12-PALAU-kayaking-tour-limestone-arch-rock-islands-palau-micronesia-012424.jpg","MapImage":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/PJPALAU-map-020624.jpg","MapImageAltTag":"","FloatingImage":"","VideoLink":"","GroupSize":"","tripURL":"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.com\/trip\/palau-snorkeling-kayaking-private-guided-tour","ThisYear_Year":"2024","ThisYear_PriceDetails":"<p>$7,695 (5-9 members)<br>$7,995 (3-4 members)<br>$8,495 (2 members)<\/p>","ThisYear_PriceDetails2":"<p>Single supplement: $1,295<br>Internal airfare: $275 (subject to change)<\/p>","Price":"7695","SingleSupplementPrice1":"0","SingleSupplementPrice2":"0","SingleSupplementPrice1Caption":"","SingleSupplementPrice2Caption":"","AirPrice":"0","AirPriceCaption":"","FeePrice1":"0","FeePrice2":"0","FeePrice3":"0","FeeName1":"","FeeName2":"","FeeName3":"","ShowNextYearsPrice":false,"NextYear_Year":"","NextYear_PriceDetails":"","NextYear_PriceDetails2":"","PriceNextYear":"0","SingleSupplementPrice1NextYear":"0","SingleSupplementPrice2NextYear":"0","NextYearSingleSupplementPrice1Caption":"","NextYearSingleSupplementPrice2Caption":"","NextYearAirPriceCaption":"","AirPriceNextYear":"0","NextYearFeePrice1":"0","NextYearFeePrice2":"0","NextYearFeePrice3":"0","NextYearFeeName1":"","NextYearFeeName2":"","NextYearFeeName3":"","TripSavings":false,"TripSavingsDescription":"<p><\/p>","VariablePricing":false,"PricingNoteTitle":"<p><\/p>","PricingNotes":"<p><\/p>","NewTrip":false,"MinAge":0,"TripRatingID":7,"TripRatingName":"3","TravelFromDate":"2022-01-01","TravelToDate":"2050-12-31","BookFromDate":"2022-01-01","BookToDate":"2050-12-31","EventID":20,"EventName":"","AccountingGroup":"Asia","DepositRule":2,"DepositAmt":"1000","FinalDays":90,"AutoConfirm":false,"AutoConfirmAmount":"0","PrivateAvailable":true,"OperationMonths":"October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May","AccmRating":"","TripStatus":"Active"},"itinerary":[{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":2,"Headline":"Koror \/ Babeldaob","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<body>After arriving in Koror, head to Babeldaob Island for a hike to Ngchesar Waterfalls and a visit to the national museum to learn a bit about Palau's culture and history.<\/body><meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/>\n","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":3,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Rock Islands \/ Risong Bay \/ Blue Devil Gardens \/ Ulong Island","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>The phenomenally beautiful Rock Islands are glittering emeralds scattered across a sapphire sea. Kayak at Nikko Bay, with its sheer limestone walls, drift-snorkel the pristine Blue Devil Gardens, visit a salt-water waterfall spilling into a turquoise oasis, hike in Ulong Island's canopy-covered forest to an ancient village site. At Wilson's Channel and the Ulong Arch, discover colorful damselfish, monogamous butterflyfish, and photogenic angelfish.<\/body>","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Rock Islands \/ Jellyfish Lake \/ Ngercheu \/ Turtle Cove \/ Ngemelis","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<body>Visit Giant Clam Beach, with its stacks of 500-pound clams, and snorkel at mesmerizing Jellyfish Lake, where millions of non-stinging jellyfish bounce off your body. Head for the vibrant outer reef of Ngercheu Island, where vertical drop offs descend into the blue-water abyss, and snorkel world-famous Turtle Cove, a vertical reef wall. At the legendary outer reefs of Ngemelis, enter an underwater Serengeti, a habitat for over 1,200 species of fish.<\/body><meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/>\n","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"Peleliu World War II Sites \/ Koror","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>After a fascinating day of exploring the Peleliu Island's historic battle sites, fly to Koror and depart on Day 10.<\/body>","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true}],"itinpdf":[{"ItinYear":"2024","docType":"1","FileName":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/portal\/palau-private-journey-itinerary-2024.pdf"},{"ItinYear":"","docType":"2","FileName":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/itins\/palau-private-journey-predeparture.pdf"}],"whattoexpect":[{}],"highlights":[{"DisplayOrder":1,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Snorkel, kayak, and explore the Rock Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of pristine coral reefs and dazzling limestone islands","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":31695,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":2,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Experience Palau&apos;s famed marine biodiversity, with hundreds of coral species and 1,500 species of reef fish","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":31695,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":3,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Learn about traditional Micronesian culture, swim with stingless jellyfish, visit the evocative World War II battle sites of Peleliu","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":31695,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":10,"HighlightText":"","Description":"10-PJPALAU-snorkeler-swimming-jellyfish-lake-adventure-palau-micronesia.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/10-PJPALAU-snorkeler-swimming-jellyfish-lake-adventure-palau-micronesia.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":13193,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":11,"HighlightText":"","Description":"11-PJPALAU-12-PALAU-kayaking-tour-limestone-arch-rock-islands-palau-micronesia.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/11-PJPALAU-12-PALAU-kayaking-tour-limestone-arch-rock-islands-palau-micronesia.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":13194,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":12,"HighlightText":"","Description":"12-PJPALAU-rock-islands-palau-micronesia-aureial-view.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/12-PJPALAU-rock-islands-palau-micronesia-aureial-view.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":13195,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":13,"HighlightText":"","Description":"13-PJPALAU-pink-skunk-clownfish-sea-anemone-underwater-coral-palau.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/13-PJPALAU-pink-skunk-clownfish-sea-anemone-underwater-coral-palau.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":13196,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":14,"HighlightText":"","Description":"14-PJPALAU-colorful-fresh-cuisine-decorated-table-palau-adventure.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/14-PJPALAU-colorful-fresh-cuisine-decorated-table-palau-adventure.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":13197,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":15,"HighlightText":"","Description":"15-PJPALAU-manta-ray-swimming-school-of-fish-underwater-palau.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/15-PJPALAU-manta-ray-swimming-school-of-fish-underwater-palau.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":13198,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":16,"HighlightText":"","Description":"16-PJPALAU-kayaking-adventure-tour-coral-garden-clear-water-palau.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/16-PJPALAU-kayaking-adventure-tour-coral-garden-clear-water-palau.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":13199,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":17,"HighlightText":"","Description":"17-PJPALAU-sea-turtle-snorkeler-swimming-underwater-palau-adventure.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/17-PJPALAU-sea-turtle-snorkeler-swimming-underwater-palau-adventure.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":13200,"caption":""}],"weather":[{}],"accommodations":[{"VendorID":70883,"Day_Number":1,"Sequence":11,"Duration":9,"Description":"Optional Upgrade","VendorName":"Palau Pacific Resort","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"palau-pacific-resort","Custom_Location":"Koror"}},{"VendorID":72687,"Day_Number":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":9,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Palau Carolines Resort","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"palau-carolines-resort","Custom_Location":"Koror"}}],"inclusions":[{"DisplaySequence":1,"Type":"E","Description":"Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":2,"Type":"E","Description":"Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":3,"Type":"E","Description":"Optional gratuities to guides or staff","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":4,"Type":"E","Description":"Optional travel insurance","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":5,"Type":"E","Description":"Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":6,"Type":"E","Description":"Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":7,"Type":"E","Description":"Snorkeling equipment (wetsuit, snorkel, mask, fins)","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":1,"Type":"I","Description":"Expert leadership of local guides","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":2,"Type":"I","Description":"Accommodations in beach resorts","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":3,"Type":"I","Description":"All meals included except 7 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":4,"Type":"I","Description":"All boat and ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":5,"Type":"I","Description":"All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":6,"Type":"I","Description":"Kayaks, paddles, PFDs (life jackets), and boat safety gear","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""}],"destinations":[{"DestinationID":45,"Name":"Asia","Type":"Region"},{"DestinationID":51,"Name":"Pacific","Type":"Region"},{"DestinationID":97,"Name":"Palau","Type":"Country"},{"DestinationID":225,"Name":"Southeast Asia"}],"activities":[{"ActivityID":219,"Name":"Sea Kayaking & Snorkeling","Primary":0},{"ActivityID":221,"Name":"Wildlife & Natural History","Primary":0},{"ActivityID":237,"Name":"Family Trips","Primary":0}],"guides":[{}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Keieth R.","GuestLocation":"New Orleans, LA","GuestReview":"I&#8217;ve been on lots of Wilderness Travel trips, but this was my best vacation ever!"}],"Extensions":[{"TripID":10274,"ExtensionTripID":10369,"Trip_Code":"PALAU5EX","Trip_Name":"Palau's Big Five Extension"}],"SimilarTrips":[{"TripID":10274,"SimilarTripID":10331,"Trip_Code":"PALAU","Trip_Name":"Palau Snorkeling and Sea Kayaking"},{"TripID":10274,"SimilarTripID":10400,"Trip_Code":"WAKATOBI","Trip_Name":"Snorkeling Expedition to Wakatobi"},{"TripID":10274,"SimilarTripID":10334,"Trip_Code":"RAJAAMPA","Trip_Name":"Snorkeling Raja Ampat"},{"TripID":10274,"SimilarTripID":10470,"Trip_Code":"CENDERAW","Trip_Name":"Snorkeling with Whale Sharks in Cenderawasih Bay"}],"Specialists":[{}],"TripSegments":[{"VendorID":73414,"ProductID":84362,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Vendor Ops Payment","Vendor":"Planet Blue","Address1":"PO Box 3016","Address2":"","City":"Koror","State":"","Postal":"96940","Product":"Palau Private Journey","Day":1,"Sequence":0,"Duration":9,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73414,"ProductID":84363,"SelectType":"Mandatory","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Internal Flight","Vendor":"Planet Blue","Address1":"PO Box 3016","Address2":"","City":"Koror","State":"","Postal":"96940","Product":"Internal Airfare","Day":1,"Sequence":1,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":11,"ProductID":58003,"SelectType":"Mandatory","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Donation","Vendor":"Wilderness Travel","Address1":"1102 Ninth Street","Address2":"","City":"Berkeley","State":"CA","Postal":"94710","Product":"Optional Donation to Bye Bye Plastic Bags","Day":1,"Sequence":1,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/donation\/Bye-Bye-Plastic-Bags-Information.pdf","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":11,"ProductID":54,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Single Supplement","Vendor":"Wilderness Travel","Address1":"1102 Ninth Street","Address2":"","City":"Berkeley","State":"CA","Postal":"94710","Product":"Single Supplement","Day":1,"Sequence":2,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":72687,"ProductID":82515,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Palau Carolines Resort","Address1":"PO Box 1724","Address2":"","City":"Koror","State":"","Postal":"96940","Product":"Standard Room","Day":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":9,"PropertyDescription":"<p>Eight private bungalows with views of the rock islands across the bay are situated in a quiet spot where you&#39;ll awake to the warble of birds and the ocean breeze. Built from mahogany, mangrove, and bamboo, each bungalow features air conditioning, a separate sitting area, and a private bathroom. Several of the bungalows also have a private balcony. Walk along the jungle path to the terrace and bar, and enjoy a continental breakfast delivered to your door each morning.<\/p>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-palau-carolines-resort-lodge.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":70883,"ProductID":85237,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Optional Upgrade","Vendor":"Palau Pacific Resort","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Koror","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Optional Upgrade","Day":1,"Sequence":11,"Duration":9,"PropertyDescription":"Located just outside the city of Koror, our resort lies on a spectacular private white-sand beach overlooking the blue Pacific. Guest rooms are very comfortable, and a selection of toiletries, slippers, and comfy robes is offered. The grounds are beautiful and full of lovely orchids (you can visit the onsite greenhouse where they are grown). There is inside or outside dining, a bar (try one of their signature Milky Way drinks), a swimming pool, an in-house dive shop, a hair salon, and a hot tub overlooking the Pacific. Breakfast at PPR is a treat, with generous selections for both Western and Eastern palates, including traditional Japanese items as well as omelettes and pastries.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/10-palau-pacific-resort-exterior-beach.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false}],"CustomFields":{"Custom_TC_Detailed_Itin_URL":"","Custom_Trip_Name_Addendum":"","Custom_Welcome_Letter_Addendum":"","Custom_Trip_Level_5":"","Custom_Welcome_Email_Send_List":"","Custom_FI_Optional_Donation_Text":"Optional Donation: Your invoice includes an optional donation of $50 per person to Bye Bye Plastic Bags. You can learn more about this worthy project on your online portal. Wilderness Travel actively collaborates with the organizations and communities of the special places we visit, and we invite you to join us in supporting this effort. If you would prefer to opt out, just let us know.","Custom_Final_Docs_Letter_Send_List":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Trip_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_TP_Trip_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Payment_Terms":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Region":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Region_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Emergency_Evac_Insurance":"","Custom_Welcome_Letter_Reading_List":"","Custom_Valid_Passport_Alternative":"","Custom_Visa":"","Custom_FB_Before_You_Go_-_MISC_1":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-05-25T14:24:05 --><p>Please note that Palau requires an Entry Form to be submitted prior to departure. Form submissions must be within 72 hours or less prior to your arrival time in the Republic of Palau. Your responses must be in English. Only ONE form is required per family or single traveler.<\/p><p>&nbsp;<\/p><p>Visit palautravel.pw to complete the form. <\/p><p>&nbsp;<\/p>","Custom_FB_Before_You_Go_-_MISC_2":"","Custom_Luggage_Requirements":"","Custom_Carry-On":"<strong>CARRY-ON: <\/strong>Valuable or essential items, such as well broken-in hiking boots, camera equipment, binoculars, and prescription medications, should be hand carried on your flights to avoid loss or damage.","Custom_Hiking_Poles":"","Custom_Daypack":"","Custom_Vaccination_Card":"","Custom_FB_Packing_Reminders_-_MISC_1":"","Custom_FB_Additional_Notes_-_MISC_1":"","Custom_FB_Additional_Notes_-_MISC_2":"","Custom_Arrival":"<strong>\nARRIVING IN PALAU<\/strong><br>\nPalau no longer requires pre-departure testing for fully vaccinated travelers. You will be required to show proof of COVID vaccination. Please bring the original copy of your CDC vaccination card with you. We also highly suggest bringing photocopies and electronic copies as well.<br><strong><br>ARRIVING IN KOROR<\/strong><br>\nA complimentary transfer will be provided from the airport to the Palau Carolines Resort. <br><br>Your Trip Leader will meet you at the Palau Carolines Resort on Day 1 at 8:00 am to begin the trip.<br>","Custom_Arrival-_Meeting_Place":"","Custom_Arrival_Transfer":"","Custom_Departure":"<strong>\nDEPARTING KOROR<\/strong><br>\nA complimentary transfer will be provided from the Palau Carolines Resort to the airport.<br><br>","Custom_Extra_Services":"","Custom_Contact_Information_for_Friends_and_Family":"If friends or family wish to contact you during the trip, we encourage them to call, text, or email you directly. Another option is to reach you by calling the hotel (please see the enclosed Hotel List). If they are unable to reach you directly, please instruct them to call our office in Berkeley, California, and we will get a message to you as soon as possible. If they need to reach you outside of our office hours, we ask that they reach out to our Trip Leaders (contact information is listed below) and also leave a message with our Berkeley office, so that we can follow up with our team on the ground. <br><br>We recommend using <a href=\"https:\/\/www.whatsapp.com\/\">WhatsApp<\/a>, and suggest you download the free app and enter the local emergency contact number(s) in advance of your trip.<br><br>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Left":"<strong>\nPLANET BLUE<\/strong><br>\nBloyd Dengokl<br>\ninfo@paddlingpalau.net<br>\n(+680) 488-8043<br>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Right":"","Custom_name_slug":"palau-snorkeling-kayaking-private-guided-tour","Custom_Meta_Description":"Snorkel and sea kayak in the pristine coral reefs in Palau&apos;s phenomenally scenic Rock Islands, with a private guide and lodging in island-style resorts.","Custom_List_Description":"Snorkel and sea kayak in the pristine coral reefs and blue lagoons in Palau&apos;s phenomenal Rock Islands, with a private guide and lodging in charming island-style resorts.","Custom_Redirect":"<a href='\/trips\/pacific\/snorkeling'>Snorkeling Trips in the Pacific<\/a>","Custom_PJ_-_Best_Months":"October to May","Custom_After_Dates":"","Custom_Trip_Web_Note":"","Custom_Title_Tag":"Palau Private Guided Tour | Snorkeling & Sea Kayaking","Custom_Before_Days":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_1":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_1":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_2":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_2":"","Custom_Choosing_Right_Trip_Office_Contact":"","Custom_About_WT_Expeditions":"","Custom_Arrival_-_Sales":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-25T15:42:09 --><p><strong>Suggested Airport:<\/strong> Roman Tmetuchl Int'l Airport (ROR)<br \/><strong>Suggested Date &amp; Time:<\/strong> Day 1, anytime<br \/><br \/><strong>Meeting Place:<\/strong> You will meet your Trip Leader in the lobby of Palau Carolines Resort at 8:00 am on Day 2.<br \/><br \/>A complimentary transfer will be provided from the airport to Palau Carolines Resort. If you are staying at a different resort before or after your trip, you will be responsible for your own transfer arrangements.<\/p>","Custom_Departure_-_Sales":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-25T15:42:43 --><p><strong>Suggested Airport:<\/strong> Roman Tmetuchl Int'l Airport (ROR)<br \/><strong>Suggested Date &amp; Time:<\/strong> Day 10, anytime <br \/><br \/>Many flights depart Koror in the early morning (12:00 am to 5:00 am). A complimentary transfer will be provided from Palau Carolines Resort to the airport.<\/p>","Custom_International_Air_Travel":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-25T15:43:09 --><p>You are responsible for making your own arrangements for flights to and from Koror, Palau. Most flights to Koror fly via Honolulu and Guam. United and Delta are the only major airlines that fly to Palau from the US. United offers daily flights that best match with trip dates; Delta schedules are limited to and from Palau. All flights usually arrive Koror in the evening.<br \/><br \/>There are many online consolidators for booking travel, but for more personal help arranging air transport, you can contact Exito Travel at 1-800-655-4053 in the US or 1-800-670-2605 in Canada. They are very adept at putting flight itineraries together, to even the most far-flung places. More information can be found on Exito's website at <a href=\"https:\/\/exitotravel.com\/\">www.exitotravel.com<\/a>.<br \/><br \/>Please note it is necessary to depart from the US at least one day prior to Day 1 of the trip itinerary. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of return to the U.S.<br \/><br \/><strong>Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip.<\/strong> Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule. It is your responsibility to ensure your flight times coordinate with the arrival and departure logistics for this trip.<\/p>","Custom_Extra_Hotel_Nights":"","Custom_Recommended_Hotels":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_1":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_1":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_2":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_5":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_5":"","Custom_file_name":"palau-private-journey","Custom_Passport":"A valid passport is required for your trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of exit from Palau. In addition, we recommend your passport have at least two completely blank visa pages for every country you will be visiting. It is very important that the blank pages say &#8220;Visas&#8221; at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. The service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a>. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip. <br><br>It is very important to carry photocopies of your passport's photo page and any acquired visa pages for your trip (if applicable) in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"US citizens do not need a visa for countries visited on this trip. If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.","Custom_Money":"The currency used in Palau is the US dollar. Major American traveler's checks and credit cards are almost universally recognized and accepted in Palau&mdash;you will have no problem using these to pay at dive and souvenir shops. Small purchases, independent meals, and tips are best made with cash. Depending upon your penchant for souvenirs, no more than $400 should be necessary for this trip, but you may easily obtain additional cash at the Bank of Hawaii on Koror. <br><br>You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, for any meals listed as &#8220;on your own&#8221; in the trip itinerary, for international airport departure taxes, domestic airport departure taxes, and for personal items such as alcoholic beverages. Airport departure tax is $50 (subject to change), payable at the airport upon departure from Palau. <br><br>To use an ATM internationally, you must have a four-digit PIN. If you plan to use your credit cards, inform your credit card company before your departure that you will be using the card abroad.","Custom_Tipping":"Tipping is completely discretionary, but over the years, clients have asked us for tipping guidelines to reward guides for outstanding service. A range of reference would be $115-$150 USD per trip member for the Trip Leader.","Custom_Food":"Please reach out to us directly to discuss any dietary restrictions or concerns you may have. We can easily make arrangements for most diets, but please keep in mind that certain cultural differences or logistical limitations can make it difficult or at times impossible to accommodate all requests. With this in mind, please inform us at least eight weeks before your trip if you have a special diet, and any food allergies in particular, so we can do our best to meet your needs.","Custom_Communications":"<strong>Telephone:<\/strong> The international dialing code for Palau is 680. When you arrive in Palau you can purchase a SIM card from the Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC) for $10, which you can use in your unlocked cell phone to make local calls. You can make international calls out of Palau but you need to buy a long distance phone card (PNCC Debusch) or extra \"PNCC Airtime\" cards, which charge international calls from your cell phone at a higher rate. This service works only in Koror; telephone cards are also available at the Dolphin Bay Resort. Be sure to contact your cell phone company for specific instructions for international use.<br><strong><br>Email &amp; Internet Access: <\/strong>Internet access is available at both Palau Carolines Resort and Dolphin Bay Resort. PNCC also has may Wi-Fi hotspots where you can connect with a PNCC Prepaid Internet card. Some cafes and restaurants have free Wi-Fi hotspots for patrons.","Custom_Electricity":"Palau has 110-120-volt current with two-prong flat blade plugs (same as the US).","Custom_Laundry":"","Custom_Ship_Notes":"","Custom_Inoculations":"No inoculations are required. Please consult with your physician regarding the following:<br><strong><br>Tetanus Booster<\/strong><br>It is very easy to get a small cut. A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years).<br><strong><br>Hepatitis<\/strong><br>The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries.<br><strong><br>Typhoid<\/strong><br>The CDC recommends the shot or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna. <br><br>","Custom_International_Health":"","Custom_Malaria_Prevention":"","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"You can reduce your risk of getting sick on the trip by washing your hands often and not touching your face with unwashed hands. If you arrive on the trip with a cold or feel the symptoms of a cold, avoid close contact with others and move away from people before coughing or sneezing. The CDC recommends coughing or sneezing into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow or upper sleeve, not your hands.","Custom_Getting_In_Shape":"For maximum enjoyment of the trip, you must be in good health and able to kayak and snorkel for multiple hours at a time. Previous kayaking and snorkeling experience is not required, however we recommend kayaking experience if possible. <br><br>If the paddling turns out to be more difficult than you had expected, you can opt out of kayaking for that day and ride along in the support boat. We have welcomed both beginner and experienced paddlers on this trip, and they have found sea kayaking to be a fantastic way to experience the wonders of Palau. <br><br>There are a few optional hikes, and if you would like to participate you will need to be comfortable hiking up limestone rocks and through narrow, slippery jungle paths.","Custom_Medical_Care":"","Custom_Altitude_Considerations":"","Custom_Reading_List":"Elevate your travel experience by delving into this curated collection of books tailored to your upcoming adventure. They will not only entertain but also provide invaluable insights into the history, culture, cuisine, wildlife, mountain trails, or even folklore of the places you're about to explore. Discover the perfect companions for your journey ahead by <a href=\"https:\/\/bookshop.org\/lists\/wilderness-travel-palau\">following the link<\/a> or scanning the QR code.","Custom_Photography":"<strong><br>Underwater Photography<br><\/strong>Past clients have enjoyed taking photos of the underwater treasures and sharing them with other trip members after the snorkeling excursions. We recommend bringing a waterproof camera or waterproof housing for your camera. For more information, visit <a href=\"www.bestproductsreviews.com\/cheap-underwater-camera\">Best Underwater Compact Cameras<\/a>.","Custom_Cultural_Considerations":"","Custom_Giving_Back":"","Custom_Enviromental_Concerns":"Please bring all-natural toiletry items, as these products wash off your skin while snorkeling, and can cause damage to coral reefs and wildlife. We HIGHLY recommend bringing products with natural and biodegradable ingredients. For sunscreens we recommend mineral-based products with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Brands such as Honest Company, Badger, Raw Elements, and Alba Botanica are found in most sporting goods stores and drugstores. Avoid all sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are harmful to coral reefs.","Custom_Shopping_and_Souvenirs":"","Custom_Seasickness":"","Custom_Explore":"","Custom_Additional_Information":"","Custom_Essentials":"<ul><li>Air tickets (or E-tickets)<\/li><li>Passport<\/li><li>One other picture ID, such as a driver's license<\/li><li>Expense money<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Luggage":"Soft- or hard-sided suitcase or duffel, with a small padlock (must be unlocked for air travel). Your luggage will be left at the hotel while you are kayaking. <br><br>Net dive bag for snorkeling gear while kayaking <br><br>You will receive a smaller waterproof bag for the items you wish to have with you while kayaking each day (this bag can take the place of a daypack).","Custom_Clothing":"Lightweight clothing is recommended for the warm, tropical climate of Palau. Long-sleeved shirts can be worn during the day for sun protection. Please keep weight and bulk to a minimum. <br><br><ul><li>Brim hat for the sun (with strap). Hats with capes over the neck offer much-needed sun protection.<\/li><li>Shorts. At least one pair should be lightweight nylon for quick drying while you are kayaking. Some people kayak in Lycra bicycle shorts.<\/li><li>Lightweight long-sleeved cotton shirts<\/li><li>Sweatshirt<\/li><li>Lightweight long pants for wearing in the evening<\/li><li>Bathing suits, two or three<\/li><li>Rash-guard or solar shirts, such as those by Coolibar, with a high SPF rating to wear snorkeling, swimming, and paddling<\/li><li>Lightweight rain gear with hood (Gore-Tex is good)<\/li><li>Underwear\/ socks. Synthetics dry faster.<\/li><li>Sleepwear<\/li><li>Sports sandals with toe protection (like Keens) and\/or running shoes for hiking.<\/li><li>Casual city\/hotel attire<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Hiking_Boots":"","Custom_Equipment":"<ul><li>Lightweight shorty wetsuit (can be rented upon arrival in Palau, approximately $12 per day).<\/li><li>Good quality snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins); a properly fitting mask is very important for visibility.<\/li><li>Reusable water bottle (1-quart capacity)<\/li><li>Personal toiletries (see section on environmental concerns)<\/li><li>Good quality sunglasses with a strap. A spare pair is invaluable if your first pair gets lost.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Personal_First_Aid":"Every trip member should bring a small kit for personal use. Your own experience will influence your choices.<br><br><ul><li>Waterproof\/sweatproof sunscreen SPF 30 or higher. In 2020, Palau banned all \"reef toxic\" sunscreen. \"Reef safe\" mineral-based sunscreen is required, which usually contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide because they do not contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Brands such as Honest Company, All Good, Badger, Raw Elements, Bare Republic, and Alba Botanica are found in most sporting goods stores and drugstores. The sun can be very intense&mdash;be sure to bring enough. Don't forget brim hat, bandanna, and sunglasses.<\/li><li>Aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol for muscle pain or headaches, Tylenol PM for sleeping<\/li><li>Topical antibiotic (such as Neosporin) for cuts, bites, or sores<\/li><li>Insect repellent. We recommend children's Off as it is child safe and won't melt plastic. Repellents with high DEET content can damage the plastic.<\/li><li>Blister kit. Look for the long-lasting gel-type bandages that you can apply directly on blisters, such as Band-Aid Advanced Healing Bandages or Curad Gel Multi-Day Bandages. &#8220;Liquid band-aids,&#8221; such as New-Skin, are useful because they dry rapidly to form a tough protective cover over a blister.<\/li><li>Anti-bacterial gel for hand washing<\/li><li>Post-insect bite cream (antihistamine) or anti-itch cream with hydrocortisone<\/li><li>Antihistamine such as Benadryl<\/li><li>Imodium for diarrhea. If you wish to bring an antibiotic for diarrhea prophylaxis, please consult your physician.<\/li><li>Anti-seasickness medication; some travelers find medication such as Dramamine helpful.<\/li><li>Spare contact lenses or a spare pair of prescription glasses<\/li><li>Eardrops to prevent &#8220;swimmer's ear&#8221; or ear infections from snorkeling<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Optional_Items":"<ul><li>&#8220;Skins,&#8221; a Lycra jumpsuit with a zipper, available at dive shops. Worn over a bathing suit for sun protection and extra warmth.<\/li><li>Anti-fogging solution for your face mask, sunglasses, and camera lenses<\/li><li>Neoprene snorkeling\/paddling gloves<\/li><li>Camera gear (store in dry or Ziploc bags), spare flash cards. Pelican padded dry boxes are available for cameras while on the kayaks.<\/li><li>Palau has 110-120-volt current with two-prong flat blade plugs (same as the US). If you are bringing a device with two prongs plus a round grounding pin, you need to bring a plug adapter.<\/li><li>Reading and writing material, sewing and repair kit<\/li><li>Bandanas<\/li><li>Flipflops<\/li><li>Beach towel (thin, quick drying)<\/li><li>Binoculars. If you are planning to purchase binoculars, visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.audubon.org\/gear\/binocular-guide\">audubon.org\/gear\/binocular-guide<\/a> for comparison of all major brands, from Nikon to Swarovski.<\/li><li>Travel clock<\/li><li>Money belt or neck pouch. Always carry your passport, credit cards, and cash with you in a money belt or neck pouch tucked down inside your shirt or blouse.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Prohibited_Items":"<strong>E-Cigarettes<\/strong><br>Please do not bring e-cigarettes (vaporizers), including e-cigarette refills. The countries of Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam have all outlawed the import and export of e-cigarettes (vaporizers), including e-cigarette refills. Travelers found with these items could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted. This applies for transit through the countries as well as entry into them.","Custom_When_to_Go":"","Custom_Children":"","Custom_Tag_Line":"Discover a Pacific Wonderland","Custom_Lodging":"9 nights beach resort","Custom_Meals":"All meals included except 7 dinners","Custom_Difficulty":"Snorkeling, easy to moderate sea kayaking (3-5 hours a day on Days 3-5), easy hikes, exploration by boat","Custom_Currency_Exchange_Rate":"","Custom_Fuel_Surcharge":"","Custom_Signing_Up_For_a_Trip_-_Email":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_This_Year":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_Next_Year":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Header":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Text":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like":"<p>This trip is rated&nbsp;<strong>Level 3, Moderate,<\/strong>&nbsp;according to our trip grading system. If you would like to complete all activities in the itinerary, you will need to be comfortable kayaking for up to two hours at a time and up to five hours in a day, and snorkeling in a variety of conditions, including drift snorkels with strong currents. Any activity can be skipped and will always be at your own pace.<br><strong><br>Average Day<\/strong><ul><li>4-5 hours kayaking (Days 3-5) <\/li><li>1-3 hours snorkeling<\/li><li>Occasional short hikes<\/li><\/ul><\/p>","Custom_Terrain":"","Custom_Getting_in_Shape":"","Custom_Weather":"Palau has a warm, humid tropical climate with some of the most uniform year-round temperatures in the world. The average humidity is a balmy 78 percent. Water temperatures range between 82 and 86\u00b0F. Rainfall can occur throughout the year, but is heaviest in June and July.","Custom_Accommodations":"You will stay in beach-side bungalows at two different resorts. While not luxurious, the resorts are comfortable and well located to begin each day&apos;s activities.","Custom_Cuisine":"Breakfasts are at the resorts and feature a variety of Palauan and Western specialties. Lunch will be picnic style during your day&apos;s activities and will be a bento box of Palauan food, a Mediterranean spread, or an Italian salad spread. Dinners are on your own (except for the Welcome and Farewell dinners). There are a variety of restaurants in Koror and a few options in Peleliu.","Custom_Transportation":"Transportation on the Babeldoab tour is in an air-conditioned van. The kayaks are sit-on-top Mission XStream 400 Kayaks with carbon fiber paddles and high back seats. While kayaking, there is a 33-foot Yamaha support boat with covered seating that we use to access the farther sites, and can also be used to opt out of kayaking or snorkeling.","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_1":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_1":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_2":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_2":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_1":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_2":"","System_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"<p>Adventure travel often involves exotic destinations, unusual levels of physical exertion, or activities you may not have participated in previously. We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">saito8.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. Please practice social distancing, steer clear of potential COVID-19 exposure, and take an at-home antigen or lab based PCR test before you depart.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>At time of reservation: $1,000<br>120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance <br><br><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p><\/body>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $500 per person<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost <br><br><em>&ast;Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}