Liveaboard Diving in Palau Aboard the Four Seasons Explorer
Cruise aboard the stately Four Seasons Explorer for this epic 12-day itinerary exploring the rich waters and enigmatic culture of Palau. With unparalleled quality in the region, this liveaboard experience is like no other offered in the region and allows you to explore some of the most pristine diving in the world from one of the most luxurious liveaboards out there.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Cruise in style aboard the iconic Four Seasons Explorer Liveaboard
- Explore Southern Rock Islands by kayak and snorkel with thousands of harmless gelatinous orbs in Jellyfish Lake
- Dive secluded Palauan sites far away from the crowds, filling your logbook with creature encounters including pygmy killer whales, sharks, nudibranchs, turtles, trevally, synchronised schools of fish and, timed right, spawning events for bumphead parrotfish or red snapper (these occur with the phases of the moon, so speak to our experts if you'd like to witness one)
- Visit historic WWII sites
- Discover local Palauan culture
- Luxuriate in spa treatments on secluded beaches
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Day 1: International flight
Your diving holiday begins today with an overnight flight to Koror. You're off on a journey to the other side of the world, so settle in for the long haul - approximately 25 hours - with a nice glass of wine (or two) and a few good movies.
Day 2: Overnight in Koror
Your flight will arrive late in the afternoon, so once you land you'll be met by your driver and privately transferred to your hotel for the evening. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps with a massage and room service dining. Whatever it takes to get past the jet lag, because tomorrow the adventure really begins.
Day 3: All aboard!
Enjoy a relaxed morning before being transferred to Koror Marina where you'll board the Four Seasons Explorer's speedboat. The Four Seasons Explorer cruises a route that ranges between 60-90 minutes by speedboat from Koror.
With three decks and only 11 luxurious cabins, you'll feel as though you're gliding through the cobalt water on a private cruise, barely bumping into your fellow travellers and diving on pristine faraway sites.
Day 4: Mecherchar Rock Islands & Jellyfish Lake
This morning, after a sunrise coffee and yoga class, head to Jellyfish Lake* for an experience like no other. With its abundance of food and lack of predators, the lake has allowed the orb-like jellyfish here to thrive in massive numbers without the ability to sting. You'll start your trip with a kayak tour around the South Rock Islands, where craggy rock structures, carpeted in lush vegetation, jut out of the water. You'll end the excursion by dipping into the water in your mask, fins and snorkel to glide through the immersive clouds of jellyfish. After this surreal experience, head back to the Explorer to enjoy either an afternoon dive or a spa treatment before casting lines out for a bit of sunset fishing. As the day comes to a close, you'll settle into a delicious dinner and a good night's sleep.
* Due to changes in tempreatures the number of jellyfish present in Jelly Fish lake has decreased. While Jellyfish Lake is still open for visitors and is still beautilful, if the population of animals is low, guests have the option of an extra dive, hike excursion or a day of rest. For further information speak to our specialists.
Day 5: Eastern Rock Islands
You'll be up and at em' early this morning for a dive on the eastern side of the Rock Islands. Depending on conditions, you'll have a plethora of sites to choose from. Each one offers incredible coral cover and an abundance of reef fish, turtles, black tip and reef sharks, eagle rays and Napoleon wrasse so you're spoilt for choice. After your early dive, enjoy a presentation by the marine biology team on the reefs and corals of Palau, followed by another late-morning dive, picnic beach lunch, afternoon dive and then back to your floating home for dinner.
Day 6: Rock Islands & Airai State
This morning, after a sunrise coffee and breakfast, visit a secluded beach for a restorative spa treatment inspired by local healing traditions. After returning to the Explorer, head out for your first dive of the day, followed by lunch and a presentation on Palau's underwater world. This afternoon, choose from heading out on another dive or visiting the endemic fish breeding farm to see the local practices in action. Before dinner, visit a local village to experience the vibrant Palauan culture. You'll see Palau's oldest bai (meeting house) and learn of its significance for community functions, gatherings and learnings.
Day 7: Airai & Koror states
Today, unless you'd like to stay and dive, you'll head out for a full-day excursion, exploring the oldest archaeological site in Palau (approximately dating back to the year 161). Babeldaob Island is covered in lush forests and waterfalls and along the hillside you'll be able to walk among some 52 basalt megaliths and ponder how and why they were transported to this spot so very long ago. Once back onboard, try to catch a few fish for dinner while the sun sinks into the ocean, ending another perfect day in Palau.
Days 8 & 9: Rock Islands Southern Lagoon
For the next two days, enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading out for a bird-watching expedition around the lagoon aboard a tender or a morning dive. Today's marine biology presentation will be on The Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy an afternoon and night dive here where you'll have the chance to spot an array of big life including silvertip sharks and pygmy killer whales as well as a reef landscape flush with thriving corals, pock-marked by crevices and caves hiding an assortment of macro life.
Day 10: Peleliu Island
This morning, head to nearby Peleliu Island to visit historical World War II sites by bicycle. You'll be able to visit the Memorial Museum, the Thousand Man Cave - a system of tunnels and chambers dug to shelter around 1,000 Japanese soldiers during a WWII standoff - and the Kaigun Sho, a communication centre that still has a tank and anti-aircraft gun on site. Back on the Explorer, head out for your late-morning dive followed by a marine biology presentation on Angaur's phosphate history. After lunch, soak in the creature encounters as it's your final dive of the trip.
Days 11-12: Homebound
Sadly, the day has come to bid farewell to Palau. Enjoy a little lie-in before boarding the Four Seasons' speedboat for you transfer back to Koror Marina. A private driver will be waiting to transfer you to the airport in plenty of time to catch your international flight home. You'll arrive home the next day after approximately 24 hours.
Emily C, Rachel and Jacqui are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.