Palau and Truk Group Dive Trip | Scuba Center
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Palau & Truk: Mar 10-23, 2023*

* Dates of actual trip may vary slightly based on flight schedules (yet to be determined).

Palau is located 900 miles southwest of Guam and 400 miles south of Yap, at the westernmost edge of Micronesia. Palau is north of New Guinea and east of the Philippines. It is surrounded by warm, tropical water with spectacular reefs, walls and wrecks, making Palau a diverís paradise. Palauís early history is still largely veiled in mystery. Why, how or when people arrived on these beautiful islands is unknown, but studies indicate that todayís Palauans are distant relatives of the Malays of Indonesia, Melanesians of New Guinea, and Polynesians. As for the date of their arrival, carbon dating of artifacts for the oldest known village sites on the Rock Islands and the spectacular terraces of Babeldaob place civilization here as early as at least 3,500 BC. Home to many world class dive sites, 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.

 
Rock Islands Aggressor | Photo: Aggressor AdventuresWe will be staying in Palau aboard the Rock Islands Aggressor. This Aggressor liveaboard is 106 feet long with a 30 ft. beam, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. It has a beautiful spacious salon, large shaded sundeck with chaise lounges and deck chairs, bar, and grill. The the Rock Islands Aggresso is diesel powered, cruises at 10 knots and has 110-volt power onboard.

All staterooms are air conditioned and fitted with private toilets, showers, sinks, and hair dryers. Linens are changed upon request and fresh towels are placed in each stateroom as needed. Breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch and an elegant chef prepared meal at dinner with tableside service are served in addition to fresh mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are complimentary while onboard. Filled tanks, reef hooks, weights and weight belts are included.
 

Palauís early history is still largely veiled in mystery. Why, how or when people arrived on these beautiful islands is unknown but studies indicate that todayís Palauans are distant relatives of the Malays of Indonesia, Melanesians of New Guinea, and Polynesians. As for the date of their arrival, carbon dating of artefacts for the oldest known village sites on the Rock Islands and the spectacular terraces of Babeldaob place civilization here as early as at least 3,500 BC. | All dives are made from the 35í custom built high speed, outboard skiffs capable of carrying 18 guests for quick access to even the most remote dive sites. The boarding ladders were designed for convenience to allow divers easy exits and entries. The tenders return to the mother ships after each dive. Each diver has his/her own tank rack, locker, and spacious seating area. By utilizing the custom dive skiffs for these short runs, guests will still be in close proximity to Palauís finest diving. In between dives, you may snorkel, explore secluded beaches, or just relax with a cold drink and mid-morning snack. Guests may dive up to 4-5 dives per day and there is night diving on 3 nights of the charter, conditions permitting.

Youíll be diving in water that averages in the low 80sįF. Most guests make as many as 3-4 dives each day, so some sort of thermal protection is recommended. A 3mm wetsuit should be comfortable and adequate. Due to swift currents in Palau, we suggest divers bring safety items such as a Dive Alert, Safety Sausage, Life Line, Reef Hook, and any other safety items you feel necessary. Use of a dive computer is mandatory. Most diving in Palau is drift diving so guests should be comfortable with a current.

 
Nitrox Unlimited $100.00: Includes diving nitrox (32%) for all diving days and will be charged to the guestís on board account. Proof of certification required.
 
The team at Aggressor Adventures works tirelessly to provide guests with the most up-to-date information regarding upcoming trips. Please download the "Know Before You Go" document in advance of your adventure to ensure you have everything youíll need.
Palau Facts:  
  • Offical Languages - English and Palauan

  • Time Zone - When it's Noon Sunday in Palau, it is 9:00 P.M. Saturday in the Twin Cities.

  • Climate - Palau enjoys a pleasantly warm climate all year round with an annual mean temperature of 82į 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.


After your stay at Palau we'll be traveling to the famous dive sites of Truk Lagoon. Most divers are aware of the history here where 60 Japanese warships and 275 airplanes sank to the bottom of the lagoon during an attack by American forces in February of 1944. Truk Lagoon Is An Underwater World War II Museum. A Monument To The Pacific War. The world's best WWII wreck diving is a short ride from The Blue Lagoon Resort. The dive sites here also provide habitat for local fauna and flora and many are covered with beautiful soft corals and sponges.

 
Blue Lagoon Resort | Truk Lagoon, Chuuk, Federated States of MicronesiaBlue Lagoon Dive Resort has 54 guest rooms and is surrounded by beautifully maintained grounds. The Blue Lagoon Resort grounds are great for quiet moments, scenic walks, and photography of Truk Lagoon and Chuuk Islands. All rooms have air-conditioning and views of the lagoon from your balcony.

Diving has been arranged with the Blue Lagoon Dive Shop, which was Truk Lagoon's first dive facility. They are conveniently located right on the grounds of the Blue Lagoon Dive Resort. Today's Blue Lagoon Dive Shop is a far cry from the humble wooden dive shack established on Nov. 13, 1973. The business started with a borrowed air compressor, and rented scuba tanks. Their modern, 2,400 square foot air-conditioned facility has 250 aluminum 80 cubic foot scuba tanks, 3 compressors, and a fleet of 10 dive boats with 10 dive masters certified by PADI. A Nitrox and mixed gas facility completes the picture.

Listed below are a selection from the most popular wrecks of Truk Lagoon.

Betty Bomber 20m/66ft (upright)

Emily flying Boat 17m/55ft (upside down)

Fujikawa Maru 30m/100 ft (upright)

Gosei Maru 30m/100 (lies on port side)

Heian Maru 28m/90 (lies on port side)

Nippo Maru 45m/150 ft (upright)

Sankisan Maru 22m/72 ft (upright)

Shinkoku Maru 28m/90 ft (upright)

Yamagiri Maru 30m/100 ft (lies on port side)

San Francisco  Maru 50m+/165 ft+ (upright-Twin Tank Dive Only)

Rio De Janeiro Maru  30m/100 ft (lies on starboard side)


Includes:

Palau aboard the Rock Islands Aggressor | Shark Diving |  Photo: Aggressor Adventures 

 

Truk Lagoon wreck diving |  

Rock Islands Aggressor:
  • All ground transfers as long as you are traveling with the group

  • 7 days aboard the Rock Islands Aggressor

  • Breakfast cooked to order, buffet lunch, and chef prepared dinners

  • Mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.

  • Beverages (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are complementary while onboard

  • Tanks, weights and reef hooks

  • All Taxes

Blue Lagoon Resort:

  • All ground transfers as long as you are traveling with the group

  • 7 nights accomodations at Blue Lagoon Resort

  • Hotel tax and service charges

  • 5 days of diving

Not included in the package:
  • Round trip air from Minneapolis.

  • Rock Islands Aggressor: Each guest must pay a $240 US port fee (paid onboard) by cash, Visa or MC at the end of the week. The port fee is not included in the charter rate.

  • Blue Lagoon Dive Shop: $50.00 Dive Permit - Chuuk State Requirement; Valid for 1 year.

  • Diving equipment, Nitrox, dive courses.

  • 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.

  • Meals not listed on itinerary.

Please note the following:
  • Scuba certification card required for each diver.

  • We recommend all divers purchase DAN membership

  • We highly recommend all travelers purchase travel insurance.

  • A passport is required for travel.

Dates: Mar 10-23, 2023*
 
Trip Cost: $5150 **  
 ** Pricing of Truk portion may fluctuate slightly based on flight schedules (arrival/departure dates)
 

**All rates quoted by Scuba Center include a 2% discount for cash/check payments.

Airfare not included, to be determined at time of booking flights.

Reservations / Deposit Information:

  • $500 deposit is required at registration

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.

DAN Membership & Diving Insurance

 

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