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Yap and Palau Aggressor II:  Feb 26-Mar 12, 2018

This trip is full. Please contact us if you have questions or to be put on a wait list.
Manta Ray Bay ResortThis Scuba Center adventure begins in Yap, a lush tropical island located just 9 degrees north of the equator. Unlike many South Pacific islands, Yap is an uplifted portion of the Asian Continental Shelf. It is surrounded by a broad shallow lagoon and nearly 90 miles of barrier reef. Long before Yap became famous in the diving community for it’s Manta Rays, it was known as the Land of Stone Money. The huge disks of stone, some over 12 feet (3.5 meters) in diameter are still used today in major transactions.

We'll spend 4 nights at the Manta Ray Bay Resort. The motif of the entire hotel is marine life with each of the rooms individually decorated in tropical elegance. Each room bears a fish name, and is decorated accordingly, with photographs and paintings of that fish, hand-carved door, hand carved key chains and handmade bedspreads.
 

Yap shark diving | Scuba Center Group Dive TripThe Manta Ray Bay Resort was built FOR divers, BY divers. Their harborside dive center, Yap Divers, has everything you’d expect from a PADI 5-star facility and SSI Platinum Dive Center, and so much more. Yap Divers is a full-service facility with modern boats, rental gear, dive shop, camera bays, gear rinse and storage. Yap Divers dives all sites around Yap on a daily basis. Enjoy 3 days of 3 tank boat diving and explore rich coral walls and caverns that Yap offers. Very few people know – or will ever know – Yap’s reefs like the staff at Yap Divers. Most dive sites in Yap were discovered and named by their divers. Mi’l Channel, one of their premier dive destinations, is more than the “home of the Mantas” – this site was classified by Skin Diver Magazine as one of the top dive destinations in the world.


Aggressor Fleet liveaboard diving trips | Palau diving vacationThe trip then moves to our next destination with a flight to Palau, Micronesia. Palau is the western-most cluster of six major island groups which make up the Caroline Islands, 600 miles east of the Philippines. Home to many world class dive sites, Palau made history in 2009 by establishing the first shark preserve in the world. In 2015 they approved the Palau National Marine Sanctuary Act, which will see 80% of the nation’s maritime territory (an area larger than the state of California) designated as a no-take marine reserve. Palau is known for incredibly clear water to explore the 1300-1500 hundred species of reef fish inhabiting the surrounding coral lagoon and adjacent islands.
Palau Aggressor II liveaboard | After a night at the West Plaza by the Sea Hotel, our group boards the Palau Aggressor II for a week of diving. Palau's mushroom-shaped rock islands offer a variety of exciting dives: WWII wrecks, channels, blue holes, and even a few caverns. There are also sheer walls covered in lush soft corals and huge anemones. Beginner divers may find Palau's strong currents challenging.

Palau is a year round destination with something for every season. While German Channel has many resident Manta Rays, during the mating season, December through March, guests may see as many as 20 – 30 rays! February and March offer large schools of Moorish Idols, Unicorn Fish and several species of Butterfly Fish. All year round, the Palau Aggressor II crew encounters massive bait balls of scad in and around Ulong and German Channel and on the reefs of Blue Corner and Siaes Corner.
 
Palau Aggressor II: Know Before You Go
Includes:
  • Roundtrip Airfare from Minneapolis

  • Roundtrip transfers in Yap

  • 4 nights accommodations at the Manta Ray Bay Resort (transfer to hotel, breakfast daily and lunch on dive boat between dives)

  • 1 night accommodation at the West Plaza By the Sea Hotel, Palau (breakfast included)

  • 7 nights double cabin accommodation aboard Palau Aggressor II (Including all meals onboard)

  • Diving, tanks, and weights

Palau Facts:  
  • Location - 7° 30' North Latitude, 133° 30' East Longitude

  • Offical Languages - English and Palauan

  • Time Zone - When it's Noon Monday in Palau, it is: Los Angeles 7:00 P.M. Sunday

  • Climate - Palau enjoys a pleasantly warm climate all year round with an annual mean temperature of 82° degrees F. Rainfall can occur throughout the year, and the annual average is 150 inches. The average relative humidity is 82%, and although rain falls more frequently between July and October, there is still much sunshine. Typhoons are rare as Palau is located outside the typhoon zone.

  • Currency & Credit Cards - The official currency of the Republic is the U.S. Dollar. Visa, JCB, Master Card, and American Express cards are widely accepted at stores and visitor facilities.

  • Tipping - Tipping is optional, but appreciated.

  • VISA and PASSPORT Requirements - All visitors must have a valid passport not less than 6 months from date of expiration and proof of return arrangements. Citizens of United States of America, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Guam, and the Common Wealth of Northern Marianas Islands with valid passports are issued 1 year Visa upon arrival.

Not included in the package:
  • Permit fee of $210 per person payable to the Aggressor once on board.

  • Incidental charges: Individual group members will be responsible for their own charges including but not limited to beverages and bar bill, telephone, internet usage, sightseeing, equipment rental of any sort, gratuities and any other items of a personal nature.

Please note the following:
  • Scuba certification card and proof of scuba insurance required. We recommend all divers purchase DAN membership

  • We highly recommend all travelers purchase travel insurance.

  • This vessel like most, has the right to implement a fuel surcharge.

  • Dive computers are mandatory for each guest.

  • A passport is required for travel..

 
Dates: Feb 26-Mar 12, 2018
Trip Cost: $7285 ppdo* *Airfare is subject to change until ticketed.
All rates quoted by Scuba Center include a 2% discount for cash/check payments.

Registration: An application for this trip must be completed by each traveler at the time of registration. You may pick up a trip application at either store or print out our Scuba Center Trip Application. Complete the application and fax, mail or drop off in person with a $500 non-refundable deposit per person.
For more information, contact: Tom Pederson or Tom Benson

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