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Micronesia: Ulithi, Yap, and Palau

Micronesia: Ulithi, Yap, and Palau

Micronesia: Ulithi, Yap, and Palau

Trip Details:

Operator:   Oceanic Society
Price From:  4,995 USD
Program duration:  13 day
Trip Dates:  13-05-2017

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About this program

Oceanic Society invites you to the other side of the world to experience ocean life in a way that few other places on Earth can match. Our naturalist led snorkeling program will take you to three jewels of underwater wildlife viewing: Ulithi Atoll, The Rock Islands of Palau – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Yap Island.

Miles of coral reefs with white sand beaches, secluded lagoons, sea turtles, seabirds, and crystal clear waters that abound with coral and colorful tropical fish found in large congregations; Micronesia is known to have over 385 species of corals and at least 13 species of shark and manta rays, here we will have an opportunity to experience first-hand this region’s renowned biodiversity. Located northeast of Yap, Ulithi Atoll consists of one of the world’s largest lagoons surrounded by 36 tropical isles, four of which are inhabited. Permission must be granted from the Chiefs of Falalop in order to visit Ulithi, with less than 150 visitors per year, we will likely be the only guests on the atoll. We invite you to be pioneers exploring this breathtaking area.

 

Photo Credit: Wayne Sentman, Fish ‘n Fins, Oceanic Society

Itinerary

Day 1-2: Honolulu - Koror, Palau

Fly across the international date line to arrive in Koror, Palau.

Day 3-7: Palau

Daily snorkeling trips in Palau's reef complex, picnic lunches at Rock Islands' beaches. One day to explore jellyfish lake, and one tour to visit Palau's cultural sights.

Day 8: Koror - Yap

Afternoon snorkel to search for manta rays in the new Manta Ray Sanctuary.

Day 9: Yap - Ulithi

Afternoon beach snorkeling.

Day 10-12: Ulithi Atoll

Full days for snorkeling in pristine waters with many reefs still untouched. We will likely be the only visitors in the entire atoll. One day to visit to nesting sea turtles and to snorkel at the remote Turtle Islands.

Day 13: Ulithi - Yap

Morning beach snorkel; afternoon flight to Yap.

Day 14: Yap

Cultural and natural history tour.

Day 15/14: Yap - Honolulu

Fly to Honolulu crossing international dateline, gain a day.

Country Fast Facts

Palau

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Continent: Oceania
Official Language(s) English, Palauan
Capital: Ngerulmud
Population 17,948 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s) Tropical Rainforest
Major Airport(s): Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (ROR)
Economic Driver(s): Tourism, Agriculture, Fishing
 
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