Solitude One Palau

(8 Days, 7 Nights)

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

Day 1 Palau Mainland- Embarkation & Welcome Briefing.

Days 2 Malakal Bay – gives the opportunity of a possible 2 – 3 dives.

Days 3 Ulong Island – gives the opportunity of a possible 3 – 4 dives.

Days 4 German Channel Anchorage – gives the opportunity of a possible 3 – 4 dives.

Days 5 & 6 Ngemelis Island – gives the opportunity of a possible 3 – 4 dives.

Day 7 German Channel Anchorage – gives the opportunity of a possible 3 dives.

Day 8  Palau Mainland – Disembarkation.

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Full itinerary

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Palau Dives Sites
Day 1 Embarkation – Palau

Upon boarding Solitude One, a welcome from the rest of our crew awaits you. Orientation including a safety briefing followed by lunch. There may even be a possibility for a check dive schedule allowing. 

Day 2 Malakal Bay

Gives the opportunity of a possible 2 to 3 dives each day.

Choice of sites: Helmet Wreck, Chandelier Caves, Jake Seaplane, Teshio Maru.

Leave Malakal Lagoon Anchorage for Ulong Island.

Today marks the beginning of our diving adventures, and Solitude One will remain anchored in Malakal Bay, just off the shore of the main town. This area holds historical signif- icance as it was a major battleground during World War II between the US and Japanese armed forces. Close to the densely populat-

ed town of Koror, you’ll find numerous ship- wrecks from that era, offering the opportunity to explore both sunken ships and an airplane wreck. Additionally, there is a popular and easily accessible cavern dive in the nearby Chandelier Caves, located within a rock island. This beginner-friendly dive takes you through four separate air chambers within a spacious cavern, allowing you to ascend into these chambers and observe the magnificent stalactites formed on the cave’s limestone ceiling.

Today, you will witness a different facet of Palau’s diving experience, one that showcases the country’s rich history and diverse range of dive sites. The visibility in this area is typically not as crystal-clear as you might anticipate from Palau, but this only adds to the allure and mystery of the underwater exploration. In the afternoon, we will embark on a journey of approximately 1-2 hours towards Ulong Island, where new diving opportunities await us.

Day 3 Ulong Island

Gives the opportunity of a possible 3 to 4 dives.

Choice of Sites: Fro Wreck, Ulong Channel, Sandy Paradise, Siaes Corner

Moored off the pristine white sand beach of Ulong Island, we wake up to a day filled with diving options. Choose to explore the intact WW2 shipwreck, Ira, or dive into the vibrant reefs and current-swept corners of the Ulong area. Drift along vertical walls, marvel at healthy coral growth, encounter colourful reef fish, and keep company with sharks while using a reef hook. With pure white sand, crystal clear waters, and stunning reef walls, this paradise is yours to discover. We will spend the night in this captivating area.

Day 4 German Channel Anchorage

Gives the opportunity of a possible 3 to 4 dives.

Choice of Sites: Siaes Tunnel, Siaes Corner, Ulong Channel, Sandy Paradise, German Channel, New Drop Off

Leave Ulong Anchorage for German Channel Anchorage via Whale Island.

Today, we will wake up to the tranquil setting of Ulong Island, still anchored in its pristine wa- ters. Before we set sail towards the southern destinations, we have the privilege of diving once again in this remarkable area. The visi- bility here is consistently breathtaking, and it’s easy to become enthralled by the expansive views of the reefs and walls. However, if you take a closer look at the reef itself, you’ll be captivated by the diverse and vibrant macro marine life that Palau has to offer.

In the afternoon, our journey takes us through the legendary German Channel. This chan- nel, carved through the reef during the

German occupation, was a testament to their efforts to navigate Palau’s islands more efficiently. The majority of the country is surrounded by a barrier reef, with the southern half being part of the esteemed Rock Island Southern Lagoon (RISL), a UNESCO World Heritage site. The shallow nature of the reef in this area presents a unique diving experience, full of wonders waiting to be explored.

The actual dive site of the German Channel is situated south of the boat passage, where the channel’s southern edge gradually descends into deeper waters. It is precisely in this location that majestic Manta Rays congregate to feed and seek the assistance of cleaner fish. As we continue our voyage towards the south, we will reach the captivating southern outer reef, where Palau’s most renowned dive sites eagerly await our arrival. While we embark on exhilarating underwater adventures during the day, the dedicated crew of Solitude One will navigate the eastern outer reef, skilfully manoeuvring around the southern tip of Peleliu to reunite with us.

Days 5 – 6 Ngemelis Island

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

Choice of Sites: Peleliu Cut, Peleliu Express, Orange Beach, German Channel, Blue Corner, Blue Holes, Turtle Cove, Big Drop Off

Over the course of the next two days, we will embark on diving expeditions along the current-swept walls and corners of Ngemelis Island, which is renowned for its famous dive sites, Blue Corner and Blue Holes, as well as Peleliu. Prepare to be captivated by the crystal-clear waters, breathtaking coral gardens, and abundant marine life, including an impressive array of sharks and schools of both large and small fish. These dives will provide ample opportunities to navigate through currents and acquire the skills necessary for effectively utilising a reef hook. Additionally, there is a possibility of participating in an optional Peleliu Island World War II land tour on one of these days. Please note that the inclusion of the land tour is dependent on guest interest and weather conditions. However, it’s important to consider that participating in the land tour would require skipping one of the scheduled dives to accommodate it within the daily itinerary.

Day 7 German Channel Anchorage

Gives the opportunity of a possible 3 dives. Your last dive has to conform to our 18 hours no-fly, no-altitude policy.

Choice of Sites: German Channel, Blue Corner, New Drop- Off, Big Drop Off , Ngedebus Corner

Our last day of diving. By now you are like a seasoned professional using the reef hook and navigating the currents of Palau. We will have our last dives, say goodbye to the southern reefs of Palau, and slowly make our way back to Malakal Harbour. Return to Malakal Lagoon Anchorage in the late evening.

Day 8 Disembarkation – Palau

No Dive Day

Following a substantial breakfast, you have the option to enjoy complimentary tours of Jellyfish Lake and Milky Way via a speed boat. Please note that you will only need to Cover the entry permit fees. Once tour is complete, you will return to Solitude One and make preparations for check-out before a late lunch. At this time, you will receive a briefing regarding your check-out bills so that you can arrange for payment. We accept USD cash (preferred) or credit card. Kindly inform the cruise directors about your preferred payment method the day prior to disembarkation. Disembarkation (check-out) is scheduled for 17:00 (dinner is not included). However, if available, a late check-out can be arranged until the following day at 23:59, subject to availability and an additional fee. Please inquire about the current rate, which will also include dinner.

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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Solitude One

THE PHILIPPINES & PALAU

Rebuilt from a 52-meter (171ft) steel-hulled merchant vessel, MV Solitude One has undergone a complete makeover from her original form to set new standards in hospitality and professionalism.

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