Snorkel and SCUBA Dive Micronesia
April 2 - 17, 2020 (Cancelled - Details In Overview)
Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) we are cancelling all of our trips scheduled to depart before May 15, 2020. If you are booked on this trip we are offering 110% of your cancelled destination’s trip cost to be transferred to one of our trips that departs before May 15, 2022. If not, we will send you a full refund, but we hope that you’ll consider rebooking to help support local communities and Cheesemans’ during this challenging time.
- Join us on our similar Solomon Islands 2021 trip.
Snorkel and SCUBA dive amongst tropical islands in the western Pacific Ocean on our voyage through the newly created Palau National Marine Sanctuary. We created this unique expedition in partnership with Conservation International to explore the more well-known, easily accessible snorkel and dive sites, plus the remote and seldom-visited Southwest Islands of this world-renowned archipelago. Explore the World Heritage Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, where tropical-forested karst islands meet coral caves and lakes with non-stinging jellyfish, where you’ll have an opportunity to snorkel. Explore some of the most diverse reefs on the planet, learn about the ecology of Palau’s fish and reefs, and experience the unique culture of the people of the Southwest Islands. Join us on this unique voyage that balances the interests of both snorkelers and SCUBA divers.
• Spend eleven days among the islands of Palau.
• SCUBA dive and snorkel through crystal-clear waters in pristine, remote, and world-renowned sites.
• Explore the rich culture and wildlife by visiting with inhabitants of the Southwest Islands.
• Kayak in Risong Bay, getting close-up looks at the tropical-forested karst islands.
• Explore the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, including a very special opportunity to snorkel amongst non-stinging jellyfish.
Itinerary Updated: March 2022
Our Trip Leaders
Scott is a professional photographer specializing in wildlife, nature, and travel. Originally trained as a wildlife and marine biologist, his research and photo assignments took him to the far corners of the globe. National Geographic, BBC, Animal Planet, and renowned magazines have used his photography. His patience for teaching and love of capturing the essence of his subjects make him one of our most popular tour leaders."Scott is a pro- and an all around great human. His well-rounded knowledge base is quite valuable. And, even though I opted not to get into the intricacies of photography I could see how generously he shared his knowledge with others." -Jim Schafer, 2020
Macstyl (Macs) grew up in the Republic of Palau, paddling his outrigger canoe among the wild outdoors. By age seven, his extended family swept him away to provide better educational opportunities in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. He returned to Palau after high school and found a group of relatives who taught him the advanced arts of Micronesian hunting and fishing. Abandoning his western customs, Macs quickly adapted to a lifestyle which revolved around the moon and the tides. This lunar existence required an intimate knowledge of fish behavior and the ability to free dive under the full moon light in search of massive aggregations of spawning fish. As the ecotourism industry had begun to develop in Palau, Macs traded his spear gun for an underwater camera, finding that understanding fish behavior during hunting translated well into photography. So now he shares his passion for Palau's environment as a guide, plus uses his photography to help guide policy to protect Palau's fragile environment and precious resources.
Sail tropical islands in the western Pacific Ocean on our scientific exploration of the newly created Palau National Marine Reserve.
Ocean Hunter III
The Ocean Hunter III is a 96-foot, steel-hulled live-aboard motor yacht designed by divers, making her the perfect choice to fully and comfortably experience the islands of Palau. This high-quality ocean-going vessel accommodates 16 guests in eight air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms (toilet, shower, washbasin, and vanity) and hot water. The main deck sports a luxurious salon with a flatscreen TV, computer station, and library. This deck also contains a well-equipped galley, large dining room, spacious gear room with camera table and charging station, and dive deck with individual storage bins. Relax on the upper deck in one of the two Jacuzzis or the various loungers and chairs.
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"Scott was amazing as usual!!! Will join any trip he does. He just goes above and beyond!!! Macs and Glen added a lot to the trip! They are very
knowledgeable and enjoy sharing with others. The whole crew on the ship was super great! You could see that they get along well and they really do
everything they can to give you the best experience ever!"
Sylvie Rondeau, 2019
"The Cheeseman's Expedition to Palau was one of the most memorable experiences I've ever had; a perfect blend of adventure in the beautiful
waters of the South Pacific and interactions with the Palauan culture and history and with an appropriate emphasis on conservation of this amazing
Jessica Joganic, 2019
"This is a snorkelers paradise. And we had maximum time to snorkel! Chessemans' are the best!!"