05/2 to 12/2/2024
Palau is on most dive bucket lists and is regularly voted one of the best places in the world to dive. This archipelago is one of most diverse dive locations and an Insider Divers Classic. You will dive currents, sharky corners, caves, wrecks and fabulous reefs.
It is the perfect time to visit as this is the season for the Manta Ray feeding at German Channel, a behaviour that is only witnessed in few places of the world. And as a super special we will offer the unique possibility to see Bumphead Parrotfish spawning.
Join us for a week of deluxe liveaboard diving all the best sites at the best times, avoiding the day boat crowds.
Join Insider Divers to our favorite destination - Palau. Home to the healthiest reefs with the most radical marine life in Asia. We will be travelling aboard the majestic S/Y Black pearl and visit all parts of this magical archipelago.
Palau has been protecting their reefs from the 1990s - the quality of the coral and sheer quantities of fish is testament to that. Also, in 2009 Palau was one of the first to declare their reefs a shark sanctuary, which is why you will seeing more sharks than anywhere else in Asia.
During our trip we will dive mostly 3 times a day, starting with very early morning dives to catch the activity of the early morning. You will dive the famous dive sites like Blue Holes, Blue Corner, Ulong Channel, as well as lesser known sites. The famous Chandelier Cave is part of the itinerary as well as the massive Siaes Tunnel. We will dive at least 3 or 4 WWII Japanese wrecks including Iro Maru, Chuyo Maru and Teshio Maru. Also part of the tour is Peleliu Island in the very south which hosts some of the most entertaining corner dives. There will be opportunities for specific dives like black water night dives depending on weather conditions.
Needless to say we will also visit the mystical Jellyfish Lake, where you will swim amongst millions of football sized jellyfish that don't sting.
Very special in this time of the year is the Manta Rays in German Channel. Only in January and February the nutrients are so condensed on the incoming tide that Mantas feed here for hours. You can get within touching distance of barrel feeding giant rays - an amazing experience.
Special - BUMPHEAD SPAWN
Only in Palau can one witness the explosive event that occurs at new moon when thousands of Bumphead Parrotfish come together to spawn. The spawning takes place just before our tour, so by adding two days to your trip you can experience this worldwide unique marine event.
Check out this amazing video by the from our previous bumphead spawning trip.
The Black pearl is the newest and fanciest liveaboard in Palau. On this Yacht-style liveaboard you can enjoy the lavish space indoor and outdoors as well as in your luxury rooms that feature individual AC, spacious private bathrooms and flat screen TVs. There is a huge jacuzzi as well as a camera room and lots of places to relax.
With a huge outdoor dive deck everyone has a lot of space for their personal belongings. The crew will bring your gear onto the speed boats so all you need to do is hop on and enjoy the beautiful ride to the dive sites.
Your INSIDER ON THIS TRIP
Simon is a scuba instructor and award-winning photographer, tech divers and freediver who speaks 6 languages and has dived on 6 continents. The founder of Insider Divers aims to create group trip experiences with that extra special something. He aims to find unusual experiences, unusual sites and meet and greets with local experts.
A scuba instructor and reknown photo coach he offers additional training during the trips to those interested. On all Insider Divers trips he will host talks, video screenings and workshops to enhance your understanding of the animals that we encounter.