I joined the following tours organized by IMPAC:
I Rock Islands Tour
Itinerary (if I remember correctly)
Pick-up from hotel – IMPAC Office (payment for jellyfish lake permit and snorkeling gears fitting) - Cannon (photo-taking on boat) – Natural Arch (photo-taking on boat) – Paradise Island (snorkeling) – Jellyfish Lake – Lunch on a beach (lunch box) - Milky Way - Fantasy Island (snorkeling) – IMPAC Office (returning of snorkeling gears and souvenir shopping) – Return to hotel
Pick-up at 8:45am at hotel lobby was punctual and efficient. Free snorkeling gears and life jacket could be borrowed from IMPAC. After settling the payment for the Jellyfish Lake Permit and getting my life jacket, we went straight to the boat. All seats were front-facing with a big dry box underneath and a small tray (good for sun-glasses and sun block) at the back of the seat in front. Cold bottled-water or bottled tea was provided throughout the entire tour. There were 7 English-speaking customers, all taken care of by Grant (an English-speaking guide). Another 10 Japanese customers were taken care of by a Japanese guide and a Korean guide (could speak both English and Japanese). All the guides were very nice and friendly.
Snorkeling in Paradise Island was amazing: warm, calm and clear water, a lot of colourful small fishes, the snorkeling area carpeted with horn corals and fringed with cabbage corals on the edge. At Jellyfish Lake, the Japanese guide shown us how to put all the snorkeling gears at the back of the safety jacket tidily so that we could free our two hands when hiking to and from the Jellyfish Lake. Grant leaded us to a spot with huge quantity of jellyfishes but far from the crowd. The beach for lunch was very beautiful. My lunch box was in Japanese style, big portion and tasty. Milky Way was fun. Snorkeling in Fantasy Island was fantastic, again warm and clear water, a lot of colourful small fishes and horn corals. The only issue was that the tide was a bit low at some areas making the corals too shallow which were not suitable for beginners. When we back to IMPAC office, tasty cookies were provided while we were waiting for the transfer back to hotel.
After joining another rock islands tour organized by a different agent, I consider that the itinerary of this tour by IMPAC is very well-planned. We were always the only 1 or 2 boats at each site. It was very important to avoid the crowds as more and more tourists visit Palau nowadays.
Overall comment: Excellent. Very good value for money in beautiful Palau! No regret.
II Southern Rock Islands
Itinerary (if I remember correctly)
Pick-up from hotel – IMPAC Office (snorkeling gears fitting) - Clam City (Snorkeling) - Whale Island (photo-taking on boat) – Grandfather Island (photo-taking on boat) – German Channel (photo-taking on boat) – Big Drop-off (Snorkeling) – Carp Island (BBQ lunch + other activities) – Long Beach (swimming) – IMPAC Office (returning of snorkeling gears and souvenir shopping) – Return to hotel
Pick-up time was also 8:45am. After getting the life jacket, we waited for about 20 minutes at the bar before boarding the boat. This time the boat was different, a bigger one but the seat was less comfortable with no dry box. We had 6 customers this time, 4 Japanese-speaking and 2 English-speaking. One guide was assigned to this tour (could speak both Japanese and English). Similarly, cold bottled-water or bottled tea was provided throughout the entire tour.
Clam City was a waste of time! Just had a few clams there. Everybody went back to the boat quickly. We then went straight to the German Channel. Although we were on the boat, German Channel was very beautiful, crystal clear water! Snorkeling in the Big Drop-off was the highlight of my entire journey in Palau. I saw red fan corals and black corals for the first time. I spent most of my time along the drop. The current was quite strong. Beginners should stay at shallow area or close to the tour boat. The only issue at Big Drop-off was that a lot of tour boats went there making the place filled with diesel–smell. We spent around 2.5 hours in Carp Island. Kayaking, line-fishing at the pier and land tour to see the Yap stone money were all free. I spent my time walking around the island and had a soothing warm shower at the common shower room. The BBQ lunch was cooked by the captain. He cooked much more than everybody could eat. When we back from the Long Beach, cold watermelon was served. Wonderful.
Overall comment: Good. Could be excellent if they replace Clam City by other snorkeling site. If you are planning to join this tour, try to ask IMPAC to go to another site instead of Clam City or simply just skip one site! Save your time for the Big Drop-off.
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