New / Full Moon Spawning Palau

(8 Days, 7 Nights)

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In sync with our Classic Palau Itinerary, Solitude Gaia Palau introduces an alluring expedition through its specialised New/Full Moon Spawning Itinerary, spanning 7 nights and 8 days. This curated journey is crafted to immerse you in the captivating natural spectacle of spawning events. These enthralling occurrences grant a close-up view of fish behaviour, unveiling the intricate rhythms within marine life.

While our itinerary endeavours to coincide with these distinctive events, it’s important to note that the species witnessed during spawning, such as the magnificent Bumphead parrotfish, vibrant red snapper, graceful Moorish idol, and others, may exhibit variation. Their presence hinges on various elements like seasonal changes, specific locations, and the ever-shifting ocean currents. Given the orchestration of these remarkable phenomena by nature, precise timing and occurrences cannot be assured.

Hence, our route and schedule are adaptable, allowing us to flexibly respond to the patterns and manifestations of these spawning events. Join us for an extraordinary venture into the depths, where nature’s enigmatic wonders lead our path, ensuring an unforgettable encounter with the fascinating marine life amidst these mesmerising events.

Solitude Gaia itinerary: 8 days & 7 nights, Palau.

Embark on a captivating adventure with Solitude Gaia Palau through our specialised New/Full Moon Spawning Itinerary, spanning 7 nights and 8 days. 

Day 1: Palau Mainland – Embarkation
Begin your adventure with a warm welcome and an orientation on board.

Day 2: Malakal Bay
Dive opportunities: 2-3 dives
Explore historical wrecks and captivating dive sites.

Day 3: Ulong Island
Dive opportunities: 3-4 dives
Discover the beauty of Ulong Island with its extensive white sand beach and renowned dive sites.

Day 4: German Channel Anchorage
Dive opportunities: 3-4 dives
Dive into the vibrant marine life and stunning underwater landscapes.

Days 5 & 6: Ngemelis Island
Dive opportunities: 3-4 dives each day
Experience dramatic drop-offs, coral gardens, and diverse marine life, including the possibility of encountering manta rays.

Day 7: German Channel Anchorage
Dive opportunities: 3 dives
Conclude with memorable dives and a relaxing return to Malakal.

Day 8: Palau Mainland – Disembarkation
No Dive Day
Disembark and enjoy a light breakfast before bidding farewell to the crew.

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Full itinerary

Discover the full day-by-day itinerary of our unique 8-day full moon spawning diving expedition in Palau.

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Palau Dives Sites

Day 1 Embarkation – Palau

Gives the opportunity of a possible 2 to 3 dives.

Choice of dive sites: Iro Wreck, Chandelier Caves, Jake Seaplane, Hafa Dai Wreck

Boarding for Solitude Gaia begins promptly at 7:00 am and concludes no later than 9:00 am. Upon arrival, our crew warmly welcomes you aboard. Orientation and registration will promptly follow this welcome. Latecomers for boarding are accommodated but must understand that any missed meals, tours, or dives cannot be refunded or exchanged. 

Our services include complimentary airport and local hotel transfers. As you step onto Solitude Gaia, our team eagerly awaits to greet you. The registration process, including the collection of Permits and National Parks fees, will commence alongside a reminder to bring your C-Cards and/or Log Books. For a comprehensive guide on fees and guidelines, refer to our Know-Before-You-Go document. Both Lunch and Dinner are included in your package. 

Today signifies the onset of our diving escapades, with Solitude Gaia stationed in Malakal Bay, adjacent to the main town’s shoreline. This area bears historical weight, having been a significant battleground during World War II between the US and Japanese armed forces. Near the bustling town of Koror lie numerous shipwrecks from that era, inviting exploration of both submerged vessels and an airplane wreck. Notably, the nearby Chandelier Caves offer a popular and easily accessible cavern dive, presenting a beginner-friendly journey through four distinct air chambers within a spacious cavern adorned with stunning stalactites hanging from the limestone ceiling.

This day unveils a different dimension of Palau’s diving scene, spotlighting the nation’s diverse dive sites and rich historical backdrop. While the visibility here may differ from the pristine clarity typically expected in Palau, it adds an enigmatic allure to underwater exploration. Later in the day, we’ll embark on a 1-2 hour journey towards Ulong Island, ushering in a new array of diving prospects

Day 2 & 3 Ulong Island Area

Gives the opportunity of a possible 3 to 4 dives each day.

Choice of sites: Sandy Paradise / Ulong Channel / Siaes Corner / Siaes Tunnel / Shark City

Leave Malakal Lagoon Anchorage for Ulong Island. 

Today, we arise to the sight of Ulong Island’s captivating beauty as we anchor nearby. This island features a picturesque, extensive white sand beach and preserves ancient rock art paintings. Renowned for its numerous acclaimed dive sites, this area offers an opportunity for divers to explore various underwater landscapes, including channels, walls, current-rich corners, and breathtaking reefs.  

If our schedule and the weather align favourably, there’s a chance for a beach outing and the potential for a BBQ on one of the days.

Days 4 – 6 Pelepiu & Ngemelis Island Area

Gives the opportunity of a possible 3 to 4 dives.

Choice of Sites: Peleliu Cut / Yellow Wall / Peleliu Express / Orange Beach / German Channel / Blue Corner / Blue Holes / New Drop-off / Turtle Cove and more.

Over the upcoming days, our focus shifts to diving in the southern region of the Rock Island Southern Lagoon (RISL) and the outer reefs of Palau. Here, you’ll relish in stunning dramatic drop-offs, thriving coral gardens, robust currents, diverse marine life, and perhaps even the sighting of Manta Rays. Additionally, within this time frame, there will be an opportunity to partake in a World War II land tour of Peleliu Island.

Day 7 Ngemelis Island Area 

Gives the opportunity of a possible up to 2 dives.

Choice of Sites:  German Channel / Ngedebus Wall /Dexter’s Wall / Ngemelis Coral Garden / Virgin Blue Hole

On this final day of our diving expedition, we’ll partake in two morning dives within the central area of Ngemelis Island. Subsequent to these dives, lunch will be served while we sail back to Malakal. During the afternoon, there’s an option for complimentary tours via speedboat to Jellyfish Lake, Milky Way, or both. It’s important to note that a Jellyfish Lake permit is required if you choose to visit.

At this juncture, you’ll receive a briefing concerning your check-out bills for payment arrangement. We accept USD cash (preferred) or credit card. Please notify the cruise directors of your preferred payment method a day before disembarkation. Disembarkation (check-out) is slated for 17:00 (dinner not included). Nonetheless, if space is available, a late check-out until the following day at 23:59 can be arranged, subject to availability and an additional fee. Feel free to inquire about the current rate, which will also cover dinner.

Day 8 Disembarkation – Palau

No Dive Day

Passengers are scheduled for disembarkation between 5:00 am and 7:00 am. Following a light breakfast, farewells will be exchanged, and our crew will facilitate your transportation to the airport. Should guests prefer an earlier disembarkation, they must acknowledge that missed meals, tours, or dives due to this change are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!

Please be aware that the itinerary and planned route may be altered due to unfavourable weather conditions, sea conditions, and, or restrictions imposed by local authorities.

** Route Itinerary subject to change due to inclement weather, sea conditions, and/or restrictions posed by local authorities.

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