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Palau Aggressor New Moon Trip, 7-14 March 2021

Palau Aggressor New Moon Trip, 7-14 March 2021

This Palau liveaboard adventure has been timed to coincide with the New Moon when our chances are best to witness the spawning of Palau’s Bumphead Parrotfish and possibly also the mass gathering of Blue-lined Sea Bream (Sailfin Snapper) and the predators they attract, including Bull Sharks, Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and Hammerheads. During the trip we’ll dive Palau’s best sites, from the adrenaline dives of Blue Corner, Ulong Channel, Peleliu Island and Ngemelis Island’s Big Drop Off, to the Manta hot spot of German Channel. However, where Palau really excels is in the diversity of its dive sites and our trip will take full advantage of this, diving WWII wrecks, Chandelier Cave in Palau’s famous Rock Islands and the Blue Hole caverns.

Palau is famous for its large number of patrolling Sharks, Jellyfish lake, Rock Islands and legendary dive sites such as Blue Corner. The most popular way to reach Palau’s Blue Corner is via the Blue Holes. The dive at the Blue Holes usually starts by swimming over the shallow reef and descending through one of the four holes on top of the reef. The holes form the top of a very large cavern. Blue Corner is home to some of the largest schools of fish in the world, here you can see just about every kind of fish found in the tropical ocean. Sharks, Wahoo, Tuna, Turtles, Eagle Rays, Giant Groupers, Napoleon Wrasse and large schools of Barracuda, Snappers and Jacks are all encountered. Mantas are also present in Palau, with German channel been the best dive site for Manta encounters.

The mushroom shaped Rock Islands of Palau were formed from limestone reefs pushed upwards, in ancient times, by underlying volcanic activity. Over the millenniums, rainwater, percolating down through the limestone, eroded the interior of the islands, forming in some cases, vast cave systems. Chandelier Cave was an open-air cave, but today it is a water-filled cave containing stalactites and stalagmites that resemble glittering chandeliers. The cave is comprised of five chambers, four are water filled chambers (each with an air pocket) and the fifth is completely above water. Chandelier Cave is a dive site not to be missed. During WWII there were fierce battles for control of Palau’s heavily fortified Islands and as a result there are a few wrecks accessible to divers. One of the best is the Japanese Aichi E13 ‘Jake’ reconnaissance seaplane. The excellent visibility on the wreck makes for great photography. Palau’s Jellyfish Lake is located within the Rock Islands and the trail to the lake provides an enjoyable introduction to the flora and fauna of the Palau jungle. Golden Jellyfish are found in great abundance (5 million plus individuals) throughout the lake, often accumulating in spectacular aggregations along the edges of shadows cast by the mangrove trees that line the lake’s shore.

Palau Aggressor II itinerary map

Palau Aggressor II itinerary map

The Palau Aggressor II is 106 ft. long, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She has a spacious salon, 50 ft. of sun deck with shading, chaise lounges and deck chairs, bar, grill, and a complete photo/video center. Comfortable accommodations for 18 guests include nine spacious cabins, eight Deluxe cabins which have a queen and single bed, a private head and shower and one Double cabin (cabin #9) with a double and single bed, private head and shower. Cabin #9 is located on the dive deck level. Each cabin has extra storage and individual climate controls.

The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with a variety of American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine. You will awaken to fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches are buffet-style, featuring hot soups, homemade breads, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Dinners are served each evening and include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert.

There are spaces available on this trip.

Palau Aggressor New Moon Trip, 7-14 March 2021

The cost of the trip is 3,335 USD including 7 nights Double/Twin cabin on Palau Aggressor II with up to 5 dives per day (inc night dive), tanks/weights/weight belts, all meals (except dinner on the final night), snacks and beverages (soft drinks, local beer and wine). Flights are not included in the price, but can be readily arranged by Equator Diving upon request.

Upgrade to Deluxe cabin: 200 USD
Port fee: 210 USD
Nitrox: 100 USD

Trip prices in GBP and EURO are also available upon request.

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