Palau's mushroom-shaped rock islands aboard the Rock Islands Aggressor (formerly Tropic Dancer) offer a variety of exciting dives: WWII wrecks, shark-infested channels, blue holes, a freshwater lake with stingless jellyfish and even a few caves. 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, Aggressor 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 Rock Islands Aggressor crew encounters massive bait balls of scad in and around Ulong and German Channel and on the reefs of Blue Corner and Siaes Corner.
All dives are made from the 18-passenger dive skiff, which is lowered into the water by a hydraulic cradle. Seven-day charters are Sunday to Sunday with five days and one-half days of diving. Diving begins Monday morning and ends Saturday before lunch when the Dancer returns to port. Monday through Friday there are four dives offered each day and a night dive on three evenings. Saturday a half-day of diving is offered.
Getting There, Passports & Visa Documentation:
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 diver’s paradise.
Airlines fly into Koror (ROR) International Airport: United, Delta, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and China Air.
Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.
Guests arriving at the Koror (ROR) International Airport on Sunday evening will be greeted by a uniformed crewmember or a Neco Tourist Agent. There are no phones or taxis at the small airport so we may assist in your transfer to the yacht. If you are already on island, you may board the Rock Islands Aggressor at any time after 4 pm on Sunday. Guests may board the boat up until Monday morning, the boat departs the dock at 6:00 am - 6:30 am. The Rock Islands Aggressor docks at the Neco Marine (Malakai) Harbor in Palau. After a week of diving the Tropic Dancer returns to the dock Saturday afternoon after lunch. Checkout is Sunday morning at 8 am. The crew will assist organizing transportation to either the airport or a local hotel if you are extending your stay.
Taxes & Fees:
USD $210 Port Fee (paid onboard) and a USD $50 departure tax and “Green Fee” (paid in cash at the airport). MC/Visa accepted onboard.
Not included in charter price. We can prearrange transfers through Neco Marine in advance, however these are not included in your charter and must be done in advance:
- Airport to Yacht for guest arriving the day of boarding $15 per person (if not transferring from a hotel)
- Yacht to Airport, day of disembarkation $15 per person
- Hotel to Yacht the day of boarding $5 per person
- Yacht to Hotel the day of disembarkation $5 per person
Guests can pay Neco Marine while on the bus or they can pay at the Neco Marine store at the end of their trip.
Taxis are not readily available at the Koror airport. All transportation must be pre-arranged.