Unique Dive Expeditions
Red Snapper Spawning
March 17-24, 2019
Price: $2,195.00 pp; dbl occpcy
(not including airfare)
Dive Back to Back Truk Lagoon & Palau!!!
(Learn more here.... Mike's Truk Lagoon Photo Expedition)
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Please watch this video short of the Red Snapper spawning.
For six months in 2013, I lived in worked in Palau as a captain & photographer. During this time, I experienced first hand the beautiful underwater realm there. The highlight was diving with crew from Unique Diving Expeditions (UDE). UDE is a part of Sam's Tours and led by friends, Paul Collins and Richard Barnden. The two have spent years studying marine life behaviors specializing in fish spawning. By studying the lunar cycles, they determined accurately, down to the minute, when one can witness thousands of fish spawn such as red snapper, bumphead parrotfish and sail fin snapper. It is a spectacle you won't soon forget. Not only do these species gather in large numbers but many other species like big eye trevally, barracuda, giant trevally and bull sharks come to the gathering. The reef is abuzz with activity! (Please take a look at the video short above.)
Not only will we be diving with UDE for this awesome marine event but, we will be diving the sites that have made Palau famous such as, Germa n Channel, Blue Corner, Ulong Channel and a snorkel excursion to the famed Jelly Fish Lake. Manta rays, sharks and healthy populations of fish make these sites worth traveling around the world to see.
Sam's Tours has been offering exciting diving in Palau since 1990. They are an organization committed to providing safe and professional service taking divers to see the amazing world of Palau both above and below the water. The professional staff and conveniently located facility on Malakaal Harbor make for the perfect launch pad for the high speed boats that will race you off to the many premier dive sites in the south. I believe this organization is the best dive operator in Palau. I will go with no other.
While diving with Sam's Tours, we will be staying at the newly refurbished Palau Central Hotel located only steps away from downtown Palau and the many activities, restaurants and shopping located there. The hotel prides itself on service and comfort while offering the best value in Palau. I'm confident we will be comfortable in this fine establishment and well rested for the busy days of diving.
I will be offering my professional photo and video services for the duration of the entire trip not to mention my personal knowledge of Palau above and below the water. Depending on demand I will put togther free workshops at Sam's Tours conference room after the diving is done for the day.
Schedule - All dives are two tank dives; snorkel tour of Jelly Fish Lake will be included on one of these days.
•Sun, March 17 - Arrive on or before Sunday March, 17, 2019 and relax after your journey.
•Mon, March 18 - Day one diving with Sam's Tours
•Tue, March 19 - Day two with Unique Dive Expeditions Red Snapper spawning
•Wed, March 20 - Day three with Unique Dive Expeditions Red Snapper spawning
•Thu, March 21 - Day four with Sam's Tours
•Fri, March 22 - Day five with Sam's Tours
•Sat, March 23 - Land tour of Peleliu Island; location of a historic WWII battle. An optional dive day can be made on this day for anyone not flying out on Sunday early morning. This can be arranged on individual basis.
•Sun, March 24 - Departure - Some of us will be heading to Truk Lagoon on an early morning flight.
•7.5 nights at Palau Central Hotel double occupancy (including late check out on Sat March 24)
•Dive Permit; Rock Islands (including Jelly Fish Lake)
•Breakfast at the Palau Central
•5 days of diving; (2 tank dives; 3 days on Sam's Tours standard tours and 2 days with UDE)
•Professional Photo & Video Instruction by Mike Gerken
•Peleliu Land Tour - Full Day
•Jelly Fish Lake Snorkel Excursion (part of a 2 tank dive day)
•Chandelier Cave Dive (part of a 2 tank dive day)
•Professional guides, tanks, weights and nitrox up to 32%.
•Unlimited diving at "Sam's Wall" (Mandarin fish & superb macro fish life)
What's NOT Included?
•Peleliu dive permit $30.00 (if we dive Peleliu)
•Lunch & Dinner (box lunch can be provided by Sam's Tours)
•Departure Tax $50.00
•Trip Insurance - It is strongly suggested you invest in trip insurance upon initial deposit to protect yourself against unforeseen events that will cause you to cancel.
You must have an Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent to participate in the UDE dive tours. Be prepared to fin against stiff currents on steep walls with changing conditions.
•Several airlines can get you to Palau connecting through Narita, Japan or Tapei, China or Guam, USA or Manilla, Philippines.
•Airlines: United, Korean Air, China Air, Asiana Airlines & Delta
•If your flight arrives late Sat evening or early Sunday morning, early check in at the Palau Central has been reserved. Some flights may arrive Sunday night. Diving commences Monday morning March 18, 2019.
•Please contact me if you need assistance in making your airline reservations. I'm here to help.
•A $500 deposit per person required
•Full payment will be due 60 days before charter date. Late payments may cause you to forfeit your spot and lose your deposit.
Dive Insurance: We strongly recommend every passenger carry diving accident insurance such as Divers Alert Network (DAN). No Dive Insurance is included in this package.
Trip Insurance: We strongly recommend every passenger purchase comprehensive accident, medical, baggage and trip cancellation/interruption insurance. The insurance will protect the passenger from financial disappointment in the event of an unforeseen circumstances. No trip insurance is included in this package.
The Manta Rays of German Channel
Spawning Red Snapper
Mating Mandarins at "Sam's Wall"
Red Snapper Spawning (video)
Napoleon Wrasse of Blue Corner
Gray Reef Shark