Diving in Palau is on the bucket list of most divers. We at Palau Dive Adventures want you to make the most of your trip and from our experience here are 5 tips that will make your trip less costly and more enjoyable.
1. Book Early. We can’t say enough about this. We are not the only dive shop to limit the number of divers per day and there is a huge shortage of hotel rooms in Palau. The number of visitors to Palau each year keeps increasing. Not to mention the sooner you book your flights they usually are less expensive.
2. Pack Light.
Most airlines allow two checked bags up to 50lbs. Avoid excess baggage fees and stay under 50lbs. Make sure you have a very good quality rain jacket for Palau as well. All dive boats in Palau are high speed (30+ MPH) and couple this with a tropical rain, you will want a good mountaineering type rain jacket and a fleece underneath if you get cold easily.
3. Buy a Dive Package.
All SCUBA travel agents and Palauan dive shops have contracts with the hotels that are almost always less than or at least equal to any advertised online rate. This is also always the easiest way to book. Our dive packages include 13 total dives over 5 days, 2 Days 2 Tanks, 3 Days 3 Tanks.
4. Buy Travel Insurance.
Honestly, in the past we were not entirely sold on travel insurance. Of course we had D.A.N. insurance but, this is not “travel” insurance, that will cover flight delays, missing/damage SCUBA equipment, medevac, and even medical expenses in Palau.
There are two huge differences in travel insurance, primary and secondary. Primary is just that it comes in first. D.A.N. is NOT primary insurance, like
Both have been around for a long time and know what they are doing. Call us, or, your favorite travel agent and be sure to ask them about “travel insurance.” Do you really think an airline is going to make all 2-3 connections on time?
5. You get what you pay for.
There are other reputable dive shops in Palau aside from us. We work very well with and even recommend divers to them when we are booked. But, as with most things in life you get what you pay for. There is a reason why one shop is much less.
Look on review sites, ask the important questions; What safety equipment do you have on board? What is the ratio of guides to guests and are your guides certified as dive guides.
We hope you have learned a bit about diving in Palau and found these tips helpful. Would you like to come diving in Palau with us?
Click here to Contact us directly if you would have any questions or would like to make a reservation.