Take in two of the Pacific’s most iconic and spectacular diving destinations with a fabulous twin centre itinerary to the islands of Yap and Palau.
Your first week is spent in Palau, famous for its unique Rock Islands and jellyfish lake. Many of the surrounding islands are rarely visited, and the waters are home to every imaginable species of coral and over 1,500 species of fish inhabit the rich reefs, with sharks and barracudas a common sight.
Yap is the most intriguing island in Micronesia, with a unique culture and heritage, including giant stone money, grass skirts, and traditional men’s houses. Large numbers of manta rays that remain resident year-round are the big draw for divers.
Day1: Depart the UK for Palau
Flight schedule is usually via Asia.
Day2: Arrive Palau and transfer to your resort
Evening connection through to Palau. Arrive and transfer to your chosen resort for an eight night stay. We recommend a stay at Caroline’s Resort. Other resorts are available, please enquire for details.
Day3: At leisure
Day at leisure to recover from your journey and settle in.
Days4-8: Enjoy 5 days of diving in Palau
Three ocean currents converge in Palau’s waters, bringing with them some of the most varied and dazzling marine life in the world.
Days9-10: At leisure
Option to book more diving, explore Palau or simply relax. Late in the evening on your second leisure day, you will transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Yap, departing a little after midnight.
Day11: Fly to Yap
Check into the Manta Ray Bay Resort for a further eight nights and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Days12-16: Dive with Yap’s manta rays!
Yap offers a whole range of diving, from drop-offs, gentle slopes and channel drifts, to the protected confines of Colonia harbour, from where most dive sites are less than 30 minutes away. Yap is also the world’s foremost destination for seeing manta rays up close and personal; nowhere else on earth are they seen on a consistent basis year round - a fact that has catapulted Yap to the top of lists of the finest diving attractions in the world.
Day17: At leisure
Day18: Depart Yap for Asia via Guam
Depending on your flight schedule, you will require a day room or an overnight stay in Asia on your return journey.
Day19: Arrive UK
You should note: Current flight schedules are at unsociable hours for this itinerary.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 19 daysfrom £4,895 pp
When to go: Jan-Dec: Thursday departures throughout the year, subject to airline schedule
Included in the price/package:
Flights from the UK
18 nights accommodation
10 days diving
Tanks and weights
Nitrox (Palau only. Local charge in Yap)
One of the world’s finest dive destinations, almost every imaginable species of coral and innumerable species of fish inhabit Palau’s rich reefs. Drift over spectacular reefs or dive on a WWII wreck, visit the jellyfish lake or kayak around the stunning Rock Islands.
Ideal for viewing: grey reef shark, spotted eagle ray, reef manta ray, white-tip reef shark, napoleon wrasse
A land stepped in legend and with a unique culture, Yap is also the world’s foremost destination for manta encounters. Nowhere else are mantas seen consistently year round – catapulting Yap to the top of lists of the finest diving attractions in the world.
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Manta ray
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
for further recommendations.
Carolines Resort offers traditional style bungalows, inspired by Palauan architecture, located on a secluded hilltop overlooking the stunning Philippine Sea. Guests have access to the only private beach in Koror.
A dedicated dive resort in Yap, Manta Ray Bay Hotel was designed by, and built for, divers. It offers 35 elegant and spacious rooms, with dive facilities and equipment storage conveniently located within the hotel.
This award-winning luxurious resort is located on the western shores of Arakebesang Island in Koror, a short drive from the airport. Set in lush tropical gardens with the Pacific Ocean lapping at its white sandy shores, it’s an idyllic delight.