There are a lot of agencies and tour operators in Palau that offer almost the same ‘Rock Islands Tour’ as a full-day excursion. Competitive prices range from $150 to $350 per person depending on how many people join in the tour.
From friends’ recommendations, I went with Neco Marine’s tour. The cost of tour at the time of writing was $200, and does not include the mandatory Palau diving permit fees of $100, making the total to $300.
After pre-arranging the tour with Neco Marine, I was picked up at 8:30am from my hotel. First stop was the office of the company for briefing.
A quick 15-minute check for everything and we were off in the blue waters of Palau!
| Rock Islands Tour Tips
There will be six different spots along the tour:
- Milky Way: Rub limestone anti-aging mud and dive.
- Giant Clams City: Dive at the location of giant clams and other marine life.
- Jellyfish Lake: A short hike from the beach brings to a lake to dive in with stingless Jellyfishes.
- Paradise Beach: Lunch at the beach and dive with the sharks.
- Emerald Isles: Spectacular and colorful marine life and corals.
- Japanese Shipwreck WWII: Dive to the location of a Japanese shipwreck from WWII.
Here are some pictures from the tour:
[Milky Way in Palau]
[Rubbing limestone anti-aging mud in Milky Way in Palau]
[Beach before Jellyfish Lake hike. The boat docks here and you hike over to the lake.]
[Hiking to the Jellyfish Lake through the rainforest]
[First snorkel in Jellyfish Lake]
[Jellyfish lake, Palau]
[Selfie with a Jellyfish in the Jellyfish lake, Palau. You can gently touch the jellyfishes as they have lost the ability to sting over hundreds of years of isolation.]
[Bento box lunch at Paradise beach]
[Selfie with the fishes in Paradise beach]
[Swimming with Sharks at Paradise beach]
[Giant Clams city, Palau]
[Cave used by Japanese to store fuel during WWII]
[A 50-feet wide natural arch, Palau]
Expect to be drained by the end of the tour, I was dropped at the hotel by 5pm. After a quick shower and a dinner at Tori Tori Japanese restaurant, I called it an early night!
Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate. Each cost is for one adult.
|Rock Islands Tour||$200||Full day excursion with Neco Marine.|
|Palau diving permit||$100||Mandatory diving permit from Palau government.||Snacks for tour||$12||Protein bars, chips.|
|Dinner||$23||At Tori Tori restaurant.|
|Total Costs||$335.00||Per person|
|Overall Costs||$4,299.00||Per person|
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