Palau November 2-13, 2019 - Blue Elements Imaging

Palau – November 2-13, 2019


Join us in paradise this November! Palau, Micronesia is a world-class dive destination well-known for its breathtaking scenery both above and below the surface of the water. There’s something for every diver, whether you’re into big marine life, tiny critters, wrecks, reefs, or caverns. And yes, we will be snorkeling in the famous Jellyfish Lake! We will be diving with Sam’s Tours, the premier dive operator in Palau. For those of you who are photographers, I am happy to offer tips and techniques to help improve your underwater photography during the trip for no additional charge. If after reading this information sheet you have any questions, or if you would like to make reservations, please contact me at tanya@blueelementsimaging.com.


Diving


We will have 6 days of 2-tank dives at several different dive sites around Palau including Blue Holes, Blue Corner, German Channel, and Ulong Channel. On one of those days we will include a third dive at Chandelier Cave. To learn more about diving in Palau, take a look at the diving page on the Sam’s Tours website: www.samstours.com/palau-diving/diving-with-sams-tours.

Underwater Wonderland
Playing with the Sun Rays

Blue Holes                                                    Manta Ray at German Channel

We will also have the opportunity to join Sam’s Tours partner Unique Dive Expeditions to dive during the snapper spawning on two different occasions to witness this thrilling event. While the thousands of snapper are the stars of the show, large predators such as bull sharks and hammerheads are also likely to pay a visit. On snapper spawning days, we will make two dives during the spawning, and then travel to another dive location for a third dive. Please note that currents can be very strong during snapper spawning dives, and therefore this excursion is only open to experienced divers with over 50 dives who are comfortable deploying their own surface marker buoy should they get separated from the group.


If 2 or 3 dives a day isn’t enough, take advantage of free diving anytime at the Sam’s Tours Macro Wall. The highlights of the macro wall are the colorful mandarin fish that come out at dusk to mate, making for a fun challenge for photographers to try to capture “the act” as the fish quickly dart around.


Please note that Palau Marine Law requires that all divers have a surface marker buoy with them while diving in Palau.

Snapper Speed Dating

                                                                                                                      Snapper Spawning

Non-Diving Experiences


In addition to all of the amazing diving, we will be spending one day kayaking in either Risong or Nikko Bay led by our personal guide. Sam's Tours also has kayaks to rent if you would like to do some kayaking on your own. And of course we will be snorkeling in the recently re-opened Jellyfish Lake!


Accommodations


We will be staying at Palau Central Hotel (www.palaucentral.com) which is centrally located near several shops and restaurants. Palau Central is a lovely boutique hotel providing comfortable and stylish accommodations with a friendly, attentive staff. Guests will enjoy a Standard Room with 2 beds, free in-room wifi, HD television, refrigerator, and air conditioning. Palau Central’s breakfast buffet is included. Each morning, a driver from Sam’s Tours will pick us up at the hotel to take us to the dive shop, and then they will bring us back to the hotel later in the afternoon.

                                                                                                            Palau Central Hotel

Price and Payment


The price for the Palau trip is $2995 per person - double occupancy (there is a $705 supplement if you would like to have a private room to yourself). This price includes:


- 6 days of 2-tank diving plus additional dive at Chandelier Cave

- 2 days of Unique Dive Expeditions Snapper Spawning dives (3 dives total per day)

- Professional guide, tanks, weights, and free Nitrox up to 32% (with proof of certification)

- Unlimited diving at Sam’s Macro Wall

- Jellyfish Lake snorkeling

- 1-day Kayak Tour of Risong or Nikko Bay, hotel transfer on tour day, lunch and refreshments on tour day

- 11 nights hotel accommodations at Palau Central Hotel, with roundtrip airport transfer and breakfast daily


The price does NOT include the following:


- Koror State Rock Islands Permit (including Jellyfish Lake). Price is $100 per person, good for 10 consecutive days. Permits are available at Sam’s Tours and must be purchased upon arrival prior to commencing a dive, kayak, or snorkel tour. Permits may be paid using cash or a credit card (a 3.5% surcharge applies when using a credit card).

- Jellyfish Lake access fee of $75

- Lunch and Dinner (Sam’s Tours can provide boxed lunches upon request for a small fee)

- Airfare, travel insurance, dive insurance

- Crew gratuities


A deposit of $750 is due at the time your reservation is made. The deposit is nonrefundable. However, if the trip is full and someone else can take your place, your deposit will be refunded as a courtesy minus any transaction fees. I highly recommend purchasing travel insurance in the event that you must cancel your reservation. Feel free to contact me if you would like suggestions regarding travel insurance. The remaining balance is due 60 days from the first day of the trip. Payments may be made by check, direct wire transfer, or through PayPal (note: there will be a 3% fee for U.S. payments made through PayPal, 4.4% if the payment is international). If you would like to pay by check or wire transfer please contact me at tanya@blueelementsimaging.com for payment information.

                    Mandarin Fish at Sam's Macro Wall                                  Napoleon Wrasse                                                        Clown Fish

Insurance


In addition to travel insurance, please consider acquiring dive insurance (e.g., Divers Alert Network) prior to your travels. If you are an underwater photographer I also urge you to insure your photography equipment if you have not already done so.



If you have any questions, or if you are ready to make your reservation, please contact me at tanya@blueelementsimaging.com. Hope to see you in Palau this November!