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Palau Shark Week

Join this annual event and help save sharks while you scuba dive Palau's beautiful reefs.

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Overview

  • Contribute to shark monitoring as you explore Palau's beautiful reefs, with opportunities to see many shark species during mating season.
  • Learn about shark biology, behavior, and conservation efforts through guided scuba dives, expert lectures, film screenings, and more.
  • Dive Palau's world famous channels, corners, and reefs.

Palau's Shark Week is an annual event hosted by our partners Fish 'n Fins and the Micronesian Shark Foundation since 2001. The event coincides with the annual arrival of grey reef sharks to Palau for their mating season, and celebrates all shark species through shark diving, citizen scientist assisted shark counts, nightly lectures, documentary screenings, and more.

As a participant in this program you will enjoy daily diving at sites that are best situated to observe shark species including grey reef, blacktip, whitetip, silvertip, blue, tiger, and hammerhead. The program includes five days of diving, with extra dives and visits to Jellyfish Lake available. Dive sites will include many of Palau's most prominent locations, and our final day will feature a cultural tour on land.

Trip Dates & Cost

2020: February 29 - March 9. $3,195 / person. Group limit 12.

2021: Dates to be announced. Please inquire. Group limit 12.

* Trip price does not include international airfare. There is a single supplement fee of $850. Click here for our full expedition terms and conditions.


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Naturalist

Michelle Paddack is a a marine scientist with a passion for education. Michelle has been leading expeditions with Oceanic Society since 1994, building citizen science & conservation programs in California, the Caribbean, and the Indo-Pacific. She is Professor of Marine Sciences at Santa Barbara City College and co-founder & Senior Conservation Scientist with One People One Reef. Her research is focused on elucidating the interactions between corals, reef fishes, and humans that best support sustainable and vibrant ecosystems rooted in diversity of both nature and human culture.

Itinerary

**The following is a sample itinerary from a previous year's Shark Week for informational purposes. The actual itinerary will vary based on Palau Shark Week's final programming.

Day 1: Arrival in Koror, Opening
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening there is a Shark Week opening event featuring snacks and drinks with the Micronesian Shark Foundation and opening lectures.

Day 2: Theme: Grey reef shark nurseries
Depart in the morning to the first dive site, German Wall, followed by a second dive at New Drop Off. There will be an optional third dive offered as well. Evening lecture.

Day 3: Theme: Data collection and observations of shark movement patterns around blue corner
Early morning departure in time to reach Blue Corner, where we will make two dives. Afternoon free, or an optional third dive may be scheduled. Evening lecture.

Day 4: Theme: Shark populations of Ngemelis and Peleliu Reefs
Depart in the morning for two dives at Peleliu and Ngemelis Wall. Evening lecture.

Day 5: Theme: Shark congregation behavior during incoming and outgoing tides
Morning departure for dives at Saies Corner and Ulong Channel. Evening lecture.

Day 6: Theme: Silvertip shark observation / East coast shark populations
Morning departure for dives at Short Drop Off and Ngerchong Outside. Movie night.

Day 7: Palau Cultural Tour
Enjoy a land-tour of Palau on the final day of our program. In the evening there is a Gala event and festivities with food, drinks and a raffle

Day 8: Fly home
Depart Palau and return to home or continue on your journey.

Accommodations

Participants will stay in comfortable double-occupancy hotel rooms in Koror for the duration of the trip.

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