Philippines with Palau and Taiwan

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16 days
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$22,050
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Small Ship Cruises
Suitable for:
Age 17+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
APH
Ways to Travel:
Voyages, Guided Group
Activity:
Cultural Wonders
Max group size:
100
Min age:
17

“The Pearls of the Orient” a tropical world of soaring limestone cliffs, rainbows of coral reefs, lush jungles and welcoming island culture.

Mangrove forests, limestone islands, crystal-clear waters, historic cities, and legendary Filipino hospitality await on this epic journey through Palau, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Discover luminescent anemones, pygmy seahorses, barracudas and sharks in the colorful Apo Reef.  Hike up the vertical cliffs and take a dip in the glass-like waters of Coron Island before enjoying an evening of rich cultural traditions with the Banuang Daan. Explore Palau’s world-class snorkel sites and swim amongst vibrant coral reefs, fascinating wrecks and a kaleidoscope of marine life. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Vigan where colonial architecture will instantly transport you to the Spanish era of the Philippines. Marvel at the surreal rock formations of Taipei’s Yehliu Geopark then eat your way through the city’s bustling night markets.

Led by Mike Messick, a fellow of the Explorers Club and travel veteran of nearly 35 years, you’ll enjoy lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps to bring an educational component to your adventure. Mike is regarded as one of the most experienced expedition leaders in the industry and has visited an impressive 195 countries around the world, so you can be sure he has plenty of travel stories to share! Along with Mike, you’ll be joined by a team of renowned naturalists, divemasters, marine biologists, historians, ornithologists and more. Specially chosen for this voyage, they’ll bring a comprehensive educational component to your adventure through lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps.

Highlights

  • Visit Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its high density of marine life with 600 fish species and over 300 varieties of coral.
  • Trek through diverse landscapes at Taroko National Park, home to the world's largest marble gorge, rugged coastal cliffs, narrow canyons, and lush, subtropical forest.
  • Snorkel amid thousands of stingless jellyfish in Palau’s Jellyfish Lake.
  • Experience warm welcomes and legendary Filipino hospitality as you visit traditional villages and remote island communities.

Key information

  • 100 guests
  • 16 days land only
  • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners
  • 13 nights aboard the Caledonian Sky, 2 nights hotel
  • Countries visited: Philippines

What's included

  • Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, snorkeling, and Zodiac cruises
  • All gratuities
  • All accommodations
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

What's not included

  • Airfare from your home city/Koror and Taipei/home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages, (other than listed above), and other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for Tailor Made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Palau
to
Taipei
  • Day 1

    ARRIVE IN KOROR

    Arrive in Koror on March 1 in the late evening and transfer to the Palau Royal Resort for overnight.

    Accommodation: Palau Royal Resort

  • Day 2

    PALAU

    Today explore Palau’s geologically fascinating Rock Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board a local boat for a cruise among the limestone islands and islets and enjoy world-class snorkeling among vibrant coral reefs. Then take a leisurely hike to world-famous Jellyfish Lake for an extraordinary snorkeling experience. After centuries of biological isolation and subsequent evolution, the melon-sized jellyfish that live here have lost their ability to sting. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Palau Royal Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    PALAU / EMBARK CALEDONIAN SKY

    Palau’s surrounding reefs are home to more than 1,500 species of fish and 700 species of coral, while in the sandy shallows, thousands of giant clams can be found. Spend the morning exploring this incredibly rich marine environment at one of Palau’s many world-class snorkel sites. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before embarking the Caledonian Sky.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 4-5

    AT SEA

    Two days at sea offer a chance to relax onboard, scan the skies and waters on deck with naturalists, and attend lectures from our experts.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    PAMILACAN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES

    Arrive in the Philippines this morning. Spend the rest of the day snorkeling or diving off tiny Pamilacan Island, with the possibility of going ashore to visit with locals.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    TUBBATAHA REEFS NATURAL PARK

    Today visit Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a marine and bird sanctuary that covers over 370 square miles. Part of the Coral Triangle, this area was recognized as a World Heritage Site due to the high density of marine species and important breeding grounds for seabirds and marine turtles. Spend the day snorkeling or diving over pristine reefs.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    CORON ISLAND

    Explore the natural and cultural wonders of Coron, including an active hike up Coron’s vertical cliffs, which is rewarded with breathtaking views of Kayangan Lake. Afterwards there is an opportunity to swim in the crystal-clear waters. In the afternoon, visit the Banuang Daan who will showcase their rich traditions with a performance and display of handicrafts.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    APO REEF

    The second-largest contiguous coral reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef, Apo offers a kaleidoscope of hard and soft corals. Discover luminescent anemones and nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, pipefish, and other wondrous small creatures, as well as large pelagics such as sharks, tuna, and barracudas.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    HUNDRED ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK

    Comprised of 124 lushly vegetated islands, Hundred Islands National Park offers lovely beaches, gorgeous vistas, and crystal-clear waters. Spend the day on one of these private islands birding, snorkeling, diving, and exploring by Zodiac.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    VIGAN

    Established in the 16th century, Vigan stands as Asia’s finest example of a planned Spanish colonial city. Exceptionally intact, its grid street pattern and architectural influences earned the city UNESCO status in 1999. Wander the cobbled streets, and pay a visit to the Pagburnayan pottery makers, to learn about the production of Vigan’s famous burnay jars.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    BABUYAN ISLANDS

    The Babuyan Islands are home to steep foothills, volcanic cones, mangroves, and a marine sanctuary. Take a stroll along Calayan’s gorgeous white-sand beaches and snorkel or dive in the warm waters, while birders search the forest for the Calayan rail, a flightless bird endemic to the island.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    BATAN ISLAND

    Batan was the first domino to fall during Japan’s invasion of the Philippines during World War II, and you will hear harrowing tales while visiting a tunnel used as a hideout by Japanese soldiers. Climb to the top of Radar Tukon, a former lighthouse and US weather station, which offers 360-degree views across the island. Savor the fresh air and bucolic setting of the Vayang Rolling Hills, then take a leisurely stroll around the town plaza, dominated by Santo Domingo de Basco Church, built in 1812.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    HUALIEN, TAIWAN

    Arrive in Taiwan’s second-largest city, located on the mountainous east coast. Hualien serves as your gateway to Taroko National Park, centered upon its namesake marble gorge. The park comprises some 227,000 acres and varying altitudes, from sea level at the mouth of the Liwu River to towering Mount Nanhu at more than 12,000 feet. Such dramatic climate changes create a diverse array of vegetation and habitats, hosting a third of Taiwan’s vascular plants, half of its mammal species, and over 140 recorded bird species.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15

    KEELUNG (TAIPEI)

    Dominated by Taipei 101—a 1,600-foot-high tower that resembles a stalk of bamboo—Taiwan’s capital offers a captivating mix of Asian and Western influences. The city is famous for its street food, so make a stop to sample a variety of xiaochi (little snacks) while visiting top attractions such as the Chinese-influenced Martyrs’ Shrine; Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, commemorating Taiwan’s former president; and the National Palace Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of Chinese art. Or, leave the city bustle behind to visit Yehliu Geopark with its surreal rock formations, as well as Gold Ecological Park, built to offer insights into the region’s gold-mining culture.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 16

    TAIPEI / TOUR ENDS

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info

Visas

Palau

Visas are not required for British nationals visiting for periods of up to 30 days. Extensions of stay are not automatically granted. On arrival you can ask for entry to be granted for all the time you believe you will need. Consult the Bureau of Immigration before you travel if you are likely to seek an extension of stay. Contact details are (+680) 488 2498 or 2678 (Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm); email [email protected]

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a period of at least 6 months from the date of your arrival in Palau.

Departure Tax

A mandatory departure tax of US$20 and environmental fee of US$30 is applicable to all travellers.

Taiwan

You may spend up to 90 days in Taiwan without a visa. You can then extend this by a further 90 days once you have entered Taiwan. If you plan to stay in Taiwan for longer than 180 days you must have a visa before you arrive.

Specific rules exist for naturalised British Citizens born in the People’s Republic of China and holders of British National (Overseas) passports wishing to enter under the visa waiver scheme.

For further information on entry requirements, contact the Taipei Representative Office in London, 50 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0EB, telephone: 020 7881 2650 or in Edinburgh, 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh EH3 7PE, telephone: 01312 206886.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Taiwan.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Taiwan. If you’re entering Taiwan using an Emergency Travel Document (ETD), you must apply for a visit visa before travelling (unless you’re travelling from mainland China, in which case you can get a visa on arrival).

Medications

When bringing medications into Taiwan, you should bring a prescription from a hospital, clinic or doctor stating that the medicines are for the use of the individual. The amount brought in must be consistent with the amount on the prescription.

Vaccinations

Palau Vaccine Recommendations

Details of vaccination recommendations and requirements are provided below.

All Travellers

Travellers should be up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended in the UK. These vaccinations include for example measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine. Country specific diphtheria recommendations are not provided here. Diphtheria tetanus and polio are combined in a single vaccine in the UK. Therefore, when a tetanus booster is recommended for travellers, diphtheria vaccine is also given. Should there be an outbreak of diphtheria in a country, diphtheria vaccination guidance will be provided.

Those who may be at increased risk of an infectious disease due to their work, lifestyle choice, or certain underlying health problems should be up to date with additional recommended vaccines. See the individual chapters of the ‘Green Book’ Immunisation against infectious disease for further details.

Certificate Requirements

There are no certificate requirements under International Health Regulations.

Most Travellers

The vaccines in this section are recommended for most travellers visiting this country. Information on these vaccines can be found by clicking on the blue arrow. Vaccines are listed alphabetically.

Tetanus

Some Travellers

The vaccines in this section are recommended for some travellers visiting this country. Information on when these vaccines should be considered can be found by clicking on the arrow. Vaccines are listed alphabetically.

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Rabies (Bat Lyssavirus)
Tuberculosis (TB)
Typhoid

Taiwan Vaccine recommendations

Details of vaccination recommendations and requirements are provided below.

All Travellers

Travellers should be up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended in the UK. These vaccinations include for example measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine.

Country specific diphtheria recommendations are not provided here. Diphtheria tetanus and polio are combined in a single vaccine in the UK. Therefore, when a tetanus booster is recommended for travellers, diphtheria vaccine is also given. Should there be an outbreak of diphtheria in a country, diphtheria vaccination guidance will be provided.

Those who may be at increased risk of an infectious disease due to their work, lifestyle choice, or certain underlying health problems should be up to date with additional recommended vaccines. See the individual chapters of the ‘Green Book’ Immunisation against infectious disease for further details.

Certificate Requirements

There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
This country has not stated its yellow fever vaccination certificate requirements.

Most Travellers

The vaccines in this section are recommended for most travellers visiting this country. Information on these vaccines can be found by clicking on the blue arrow. Vaccines are listed alphabetically.

Hepatitis A
Tetanus

Some Travellers

The vaccines in this section are recommended for some travellers visiting this country. Information on when these vaccines should be considered can be found by clicking on the arrow. Vaccines are listed alphabetically.

Hepatitis B
Japanese Encephalitis (JE)
Rabies
Tuberculosis (TB)

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrahm Expeditions, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Zegrahm Expeditions operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

Before You Go

For most activities, a moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb, unaided, into and out of Zodiacs for snorkeling and excursions ashore. You must be able to walk moderate distances over sometimes rough and uneven terrain, and some stairs will be uneven and without handrails. Temperatures will range from the high 70sº to mid-90sºF with cooler temperatures in Taiwan.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for Tailor Made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

The Caledonian Sky

The all-suite, 100-guest Caledonian Sky is a spacious, yet intimate, expedition vessel. Refurbished in 2018, her beautifully designed public spaces include a single-seating dining room, a large lounge with piano, elegant bar, enclosed panoramic viewing deck, sun deck, library, and small gym. All suites have an ocean view and feature a sitting room, en suite bathroom, flat-screen television, spacious wardrobes, and dressing table. The Caledonian Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs, available for accessing remote shorelines and islands and is equipped to offer scuba diving.

GENERAL 

  • Five decks of guest facilities.  

- Castle Deck – guest suites, dining room, doctor’s office.   - Caledonian Deck – guest suites, bar, lounge, reception.   - Promenade Deck – guest suites with direct deck access, gym, hair salon.   - Bridge Deck – guest suites with private balconies, bridge, outdoor dining.   - Panorama Deck – sun deck, library, Panorama Lounge, and bar.   

  • Stairs and an elevator service all decks.
  • The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day, contingent upon weather, security, and navigation conditions.   
  • Smoking is permitted only on outside decks.

 SUITES

  • All suites feature ocean views and have two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one queen, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs)at 110 volts.   
  • Castle Deck has Category 1 suites that are 244 square feet and have three portholes.   
  • Caledonian Deck has Category 2 suites that are 232 square feet with large picture windows.   
  • Promenade Deck has Category 3 suites that are 217 square feet with a picture window; Category 4 suites that are 217 square feet with direct deck access via a sliding glass door; and Category 5 suites that are 243 square feet and feature two forward-facing portholes and direct deck access via a sliding glass door.
  • Bridge Deck has Category 6 suites that are 217 square feet and have patio doors leading to private balconies that are 60 square feet.

 DINING   

  • The main restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating.   
  • Most diets can be catered for on board, but special dietary requests must be made in advance.    
  • Breakfast is served buffet-style and a la carte.
  • Dinner is served in the main restaurant. When weather permits, meals can also be served on deck.   
  • Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day.

 SERVICES

  • Caledonian Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs and is equipped to offer scuba diving.
  • Public spaces include a large lounge for lectures, Panorama lounge and bar, gym, and library with reference books, novels, DVDs, and computers with Internet access.
  • Free onboard Wi-Fi is available for all guests.
  • Laundry services (no dry cleaning), a hair salon, and a small doctor’s office are available on board. Rates are posted.
  • The U.K. pound is the currency used on board. Traveler’s checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted for payment of shipboard accounts.
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for Tailor Made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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