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M/V Big Blue Explorer, Palau


 
Palau offers some of the most unique scuba diving liveaboards holiday possibilities: its natural beauty, untouched wilderness, intact culture, remoteness and stability combine to offer the adventure seekers. It is located between Guam, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. Palau is a 400-mile long archipelago, which became to be one of the world's unique phenomena–" Rock Island". These mushroom like islets are uninhabited and located in a large lagoon that has vast concentration of corals, fish and other marine life. White sand beaches, lush jungle and remote waterfalls are just among the highlights of Palau. The islands of Micronesia are scattered over three million square miles of the North Pacific. Palau is the Pacific's newest nation, a Mecca for divers and home of the exquisite Jellyfish Lake. The Republic of Palau lies east of the Philippines and comprises of some 350 islands. They are grouped in six clusters stretching to 400 miles from North to South, Kayangel Atoll to Tobi Islands. Palau is world renowned as the unsurpassed dive destination that also offers the sublime Rock Islands, dramatic waterfalls, pristine white sand beaches and some of the most intriguing native flora and fauna found anywhere in the Pacific Ocean. Explore the beauty of Palau with Scuba World Explorer Fleet.

 

Palau has been described as one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World, with 700 species of coral and 1,200 species of identified fish. Palau provides some of the best diving to be found in Micronesia and ideally suited for advanced divers. Aboard the
M/V Big Blue Explorer
, and experience diving the spectacular walls along the barrier reef, including such favorites as Blue Corner, Ngemelis drop-off and many other sensational dive sites yet to be charted. You can expect mostly wall and drift diving with visibility ranging from 60 feet to in excess of 150 feet, depending on prevailing conditions. Please be aware that Palau's diving might be considered challenging in many instances and due to the local conditions, as well as environmental concerns, diving is carried out on tenders or skiffs. Diving in Palau from a liveaboard is better suited to those with considerable open-water experience, with the ability to maintain Perfect Buoyancy Control, and who are comfortable getting in/out of a dive tender. The tenders, however, are provided with ladders.


 


 


 

The M.V. Big Blue Explorer is a 52 meters (167 feet) steel vessel completely redesigned for luxury liveaboards diving cruises, with full air conditioned facilities, cabins and galley, all international norms features with electronic navigation and high beam radar. Customers are accommodated in twin air conditioned cabins with private facilities or in "Honey Moon Suite", and divers will enjoy a large dive deck to get ready for the stunning underwater beauties awaiting them.
The cruises are run from Saturday to the next Saturday.
 

Package Costs:
Honeymoon Suite
US $ 2,849.00
Deluxe Cabin US 2,749.00
Standard Cabin US $ 2,549.00
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** Above rate not include
1-G. Tax USD 100.- P/P - G. Tax are implemented last July 15, 2006 US$ 100 person
2- Fuel surcharge at US $100.00/person

 

Package Inclusions:
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Aircon. accommodation with en-suite toilet facilities
- Transfers in Koror, Palau (airport/ boat/airport)
- Unlimited no-decompression diving (4- 5 dives/day) 
 from Sunday through Friday (6 days of diving)
- Full board meals
- Use of skiffs for diving
- Divemaster / Instructors, tanks, weights, weight belt
- Reef hooks and sausages will be provided
- Kayaks are free for guest use


Package Exclusions:
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Roundtrip international ticket
- Koror State Diving Permit at US $15.00/person
- Peleliu tax at US $20.00/person
- Dive Computer is required for every dive.
- Airport and porterage fees
- Alcoholic drinks
- Gear Rentals and Nitrox
- Dive and Travel Insurance
- Fuel surcharge at US $100.00/person
- Applicable government charges and port fees at US $100.00/person
- Other incidental expenses

 
ACCOMMODATIONS / SERVICES
Fully air-conditioned and carpeted interiors; 9 twin cabins en-suite toilet and shower facilities; 9 twin cabins with common toilet and shower facilities; 1 whirlpool Jacuzzi; hot and cold water; 8 open rinse showers on deck; Entertainment center with TV, VHS, and stereo; salon; Library of books, magazines, VCR/VCD/DVD and tapes; 50 sq.m. large sundeck for open dining with teak furniture;220/110V, telephone system in each room; Satellite telephone and e-mail available; 18 experienced service crew.


 

SCUBA DIVING EQUIPMENT
2 Bauer K15 Compressors - 15 cfm each
100 - Aluminum 80 tanks, 30 Nitrox tanks, Regulators
Weight belts, Weights, Divelights
BCDs, Nitrox, Tanks and Airfills,
Dolphin & Atlantis 1 Rebreather,
Sea & Sea Camera, Oceanic DPV,
E-6 Film Processing, Video NTSC & PAL system,
Camera Room. (special arrangement )


 

 

BIG BLUE EXPLORER
Saturday to Saturday Itinerary
 
  Day 01- Saturday
MANILA/KOROR

1330H Arrival in Koror
1330-1430H Clear Immigrations and Clearance
1430-1530H Transfer to MV Big Blue Explorer
1530-1600H Check-in and room allocation
1600-1700H Signing, briefing and gear set-up
1800-2000H Dinner

NOTES: Guest Pick-up no earlier than 3PM on Saturday/Dinner on board
For late airport pick-up they will be served snacks

Day 02-Sunday
Big Blue departs from Malakal Port as early as 6am for German Channel
German Channel- Approximately 30+ nautical mileage or three hours traveling time.

0730H Light Breakfast
0900H Welcome briefing
1030H First Dive, Ngedbus Coral Gardens/
Ngemelis Coral Gardens
1200H LUNCH
1330H Second Dive, Turtle Cove/ Turtle Wall
1500H SNACK
1600H Third Dive, Turtle Wall/ German Channel
1830H DINNER
1930H Fourth Dive, Night Dive at Ngedbus Coral
Gardens/Alices Garden Bar/ Barnums Wall

Day 03- Monday
0600H Light Breakfast
0730H First Dive, Blue Corner (incoming or outgoing current), New Droff Off/ German Channel
0900H HEAVY BREAKFAST
1000H Second Dive, Turtle Cove/ Big Drop Off
1200H LUNCH
1330H Third Dive, Ngedbus Corner/ Big Drop Off
1500H SNACKS
1600H Fourth Dive, 10 mins- New Drop Off
15 mins- Blue Corner (incoming or outgoing current)
1800H DINNER
1915H Night Dive, Big Drop-Off

Day 04-Tuesday
6AM Big Blue Moves to Peleliu Island /Free floating (no anchorage allowed) Trip- approximately 40 mins.
0630H Light Breakfast
0645H First Dive, Peleliu Wall/ Yellow Wall/ Beleliv Express/ Peleliu Cut
0900H BREAKFAST
1000H Second Dive, Peleiu Wall/ Pelel;iu Express/ Peleliu Cut
1200H LUNCH
1315H Optional Peleliu Land Tour at US $20 plus 3 Or Third Dive, Orange Beach
1500H SNACK
1600H Fourth Dive, Peleliu Pocket
1700H Sail Back to German Channel / Wall
1830H DINNER

  Day 05- Wednesday
0600H Light Breakfast
0645H First Dive, New Drop Off/ Blue Holes/
Virgin Blue Holes
0900H BREAKFAST
1000H Second Dive, Blue Horses/ New Drop Off
1200H LUNCH
1315H Third Dive, Turtle Wall/ Big Drop Off/
Ngemelis Wall
1500H SNACKS
1600H Fourth Dive, Blue Corner/ German Channel
1830H DINNER
1930H Night Dive, Turtle Cove

Day 06- Thursday

0600H Light Breakfast
0700H 2 Dive Briefing for Ulong Island
0800H Chase boats to leave for Ulong Island (Survivor Beach)
Approximately 35 minutes chase boat ride
0900H First Dive, Ulong Channel- Siaes Tunnel
1015H Surface Interval on the Beautiful Ulong Island
(snacks, juice and coffee or tea)
1145H Second Dive, Ulong Channel/ Ulong Island
1245H Return to German Channel by chase boat
1330H/1400H Late Lunch
1530H Third Dive, Big Drop Off
1730H/1800H Dusk Dive, Turtle Wall

Day 07- Friday
0645H Heavy Breakfast
0730H Event Briefing
0800H Chaseboats leave for Jellyfish Lake and IRO Wreck
0845H Snorkelling at Jellyfish Lake
No Diving
Approximately 35 minutes, chase boat ride through the beautiful scenery of the Rock Islands.
0930H Snacks
0945H Chaseboats to IRO Wreck
( Majestic Rock Island Scenery)
Including the famous Palau Archway
1015H/ 1030H First Dive, IRO Wreck
1230H/1300H Lunch at Malakal Anchorage
1330H/1400H Second Dive, Chandelier Cave
1500H Snacks
1630H/1700H Third Dive, Mandarin Fish Lake/ Shallow Dusk Dive
1930H Dinner
2100H Trip Video Show/ Highlights of the diving
week Trip

Day 08- Saturday
0800H Heavy Breakfast
0900H Preparation for Disembarkation
0930H Cabin Check-out
1000H Disembark


 

Fact Sheet
 
 
1. Where is Palau?
Palau is located in the north of the equator in western Pacific Ocean.

2. How do I get to Palau?
Cruise Island Adventure can give special fares for guests going to Palau (Manila/Koror/Manila). Most visitors to Palau arrive on Continental Airlines by the way of Guam, the international air service hub for the Micronesia region. Two weekly flights from Manila and charter flights also currently connect Palau with other metropolitan Asian cities.
*** For guests entering via Guam a US Visa is required.

3. What is the Continental Airlines Flight Schedules from Manila?
Saturday Manila/Koror
Saturday Koror/Manila
*** For nationalities who need visas to enter the Philippines, it is a must to have a Multiple Philippine Visa.

4. What is included in the Palau Saturday to Saturday package?
Accommodations on board, unlimited no decompression diving, tanks, weights, weight belt, boat, services of a divemaster roundtrip transfers from Koror airport to BBE boat, meals, and complimentary tea, coffee, juice.

5. How many days are the Palau Saturday to Saturday package and how many dives they could do in one day?
The Palau Saturday to Saturday Packages is eight days/ seven nights. First Dive is on Sunday morning and ends on Friday afternoon. Guests can do maximum of 4 Dives a Day with 1 Night Dive.

5. When is check in and check-out time on the vessel?
Embarkation is no earlier than 3pm and disembarkation is on Saturday following week no later than 10 am.

6. What are the taxes or fees not included in the package?
The taxes that are not included in the package are , G. Tax are implemented last July 15, 2006 US$ 100the Koror State Diving Permit which is US $15.00/ person, Koror State Diving Permit which is US $20.00/person., the airport tax exiting Koror which is US $20.00/person,gear Rentals, Courses, Alcoholic Beverages and Souvenir Items on board.

7. Do I need a Visa and Passport?
Proof of citizenship (passport or birth certificate) by US citizens’ id required. Visas are not required. Non-US citizens must have a valid passport. All visitors must have return travel arrangements or approval by the Chief of Immigration for an extended stay.

8. How will I go onboard the Big Blue Explorer?
Upon arrival in Koror, our Expedition Fleet Staff will welcome you in their uniform with a banner. Palau is a small island; no one is reported to be lost.

 

9. What is the weather in Palau? And when is the best time to go to Palau?
Palau enjoys a pleasantly warm climate all year round. Palau enjoys an annual mean temperature of 82 degrees F (27 C). Rain showers starts on the month of June, but the rainy season starts September to November. Although rain falls during these months, most of the dive sites are sheltered by the island and there is still much sunshine. Then, thru December to February, trade winds start to blow. Typhoons are rare as Palau is located outside the typhoon zone.

10. Is there dinghy in diving?
We have two ten meter chase boat with a maximum capacity of 18 persons.

11. Is there night dive?
Yes there is, starting on the second day of diving. Please take a look of our sample itinerary.

12. Should I be an advanced diver?
Diving in Palau is open to all Open Water Divers. An Advanced Open Water Diver Certification is a plus.

13. What wetsuit should I use in diving?
You could use a 3mm wetsuit all year round but during the months of December, January and February, you have to bring a vest and overlapping wetsuit..

14. In case of emergency where is the nearest medical and recompression facilities?

Here are the medical and recompression contact:

BELAU NATIONAL HOSPITAL & RECOMPRESSION CHAMBER
Ngerekebesang Island
Tel. No: 680-488-2558

DR. YANO’S BELAU MEDICAL CLINIC
Koror Center
Tel.No: 680-488-2688

SDA Clinic
Behind the post office in Koror
Tel.No: 680-488-1911

 


 


 

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20 Cecil Street, #14-01 Equity Plaza, Singapore 049705
Tel:+66898715124
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