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Palau Is Diving Into 2011 With A Host Of Unique Events


In Palau, the ocean sets the stage for 2011. Known as one of the “Seven Underwater Wonders of the World,” Palau hosts some of the most unique and truly exceptional ocean-based events, including Shark Week; Underwater Video Workshop; Wrexpedition (featuring World War II dive wrecks); and Shark School.

NINTH ANNUAL SHARK WEEK

Shark enthusiasts will enjoy a shark themed week full of adrenalin-packed activities as the Micronesian Shark Foundation (MSF) holds it 9th annual shark week at Palau’s Fish ‘n Fins dive shop, from March 19-26, 2011. Between February and April, hundreds of grey reef sharks migrate to the waters of Palau to mate, which generates a great opportunity for shark lovers to dive amongst them and to participate in data collection. Participants will get the opportunity to dive world famous sites like Blue Corner, Peleliu Corner and Shark City without other divers being around. Shark Week features nightly lectures, presentations and documentaries presented by some of the world’s most admired leaders in underwater exploration, conservation and discovery. Hotel/dive packages for Shark Week start at $1,250 per person and include accommodations, multiple days of diving, seminars, participation in studies and research, lunches, transportation, an exclusive T-Shirt and a Gala Dinner. More information is available at http://www.fishnfins.com/n/Shark-Week.html or by emailing info@fishnfins.com.



UNDERWATER VIDEO WORKSHOP

For those interested in capturing their diving experience in the world’s number one dive destination, Ocean Wonders Productions and Sam's Tours Palau have introduced an exciting seven-day underwater video workshop offered by award winning filmmaker Nick Martorano, Ph.D. Avid divers will be rewarded by this experience with Martorano because his credentials read like a “who’s who.” He is an internationally-known and multi-awarded High Definition cameraman, filmmaker and digital media producer, whose credits include National Geographic, "Survivor," and GEO, to name a few.

Scheduled for April 2011, this action-packed week is full of diving and instruction for an intimate group of only five divers. Martorano is keeping the ratio small in order to provide top notch, hands-on instruction and interaction. This course is being offered for beginner and intermediate students. For more information, visit http://www.oceanwonders.org/UW_video_workshop_Apr2010/Index.html.



11TH ANNUAL WREXPEDITION TO PALAU

More than 65 years ago, during WWII, Palau was a major Japanese military base. On March 30th and 31st, 1944, US Navy bombers and fighter planes raided the Japanese fleet and sank more than 60 ships and seaplanes in and around the lagoon. Today, Palau is renowned for its beautiful lagoons and thrilling marine action but is also the resting place for the "Japanese Lost Fleet of the Rock Islands."

Wrexpedition is one of Fish 'n Fins annual special events which lasts one week and includes five days of diving, three tanks a day, seminars and tech-diving. Between the dives and during the seminars, participants have the unique opportunity to watch extraordinary documentaries about WWII. Wrexpedition 2011 will be held from June 4-11, 2011. Dive packages are available and include accommodations, multiple days of diving, lunches, transportation, seminars, movie nights, a T-Shirt and much more. More information is available at www.fishnfins.com or by emailing info@fishnfins.com.



DIVERSITY FIESTA

Palau’s “Diversity Fiesta” celebrates the destination’s unique combination of great diving during the day and gourmet cuisine and wine at night. Located in the western pacific and under Japanese rule for decades, combined with culinary influence from Philippines, USA, Malaysia and Indonesia, Palau’s cuisine is a truly Pacific fusion of sea food, fresh fruits and vegetables and spices.

Tova Harel, Fish ‘n Fins and Ocean Hunter owner is an accomplished and innovative chef, cookbook publisher and food and wine lover, will be the ever gracious host at night with exotic meals. During the day, guests will dive Palau’s best sites and at night there will be a celebration of food and wines from the Pacific Rim. Diners will be served at Barracuda restaurant and on deserted islands under the stars.

The special weeklong fiesta is scheduled from September 3-10, 2011 and the diving program includes a rotation of the following:
  • Day 1- Dancing Sharks: Dive Palau’s blue corners and sheer walls
  • Day 2- Forlorn WWII Wrecks: explore our 30+ historic wrecks
  • Day 3- Mysterious Caves: Temple of Doom and Chandelier cave
  • Day 4- Colorful Coral gardens: Macro heaven and Jelly Fish Lake
  • Day 5- Majestic Blue Holes: our famous blue holes


More information is available at www.fishnfins.com or by emailing info@fishnfins.com.

KID’S SEA CAMP

Sam’s Tours’ Kids Sea Camp makes a second appearance in Palau this year in collaboration with Sport Diver Magazine and PADI Diving Society. Scheduled for the week of August 19-27, 2011, this trip “sets the table” for an unforgettable Thanksgiving family vacation. With great value in mind, Sam’s Tours offer a variety of packages to accommodate a full family of divers or combination of divers and non-divers.

The basic “Vacation Package” features seven days and seven nights of luxury accommodations; daily meals that consist of seven breakfasts, six lunches and six dinners, including Welcome Dinner, Taj, Beach BBQ, Thanksgiving Feast, Kramer’s and Graduation “Survivor Day”; round trip airport transfers; transportation for all excursions; Rock Island Tour/Jellyfish Lake; full-day guided Kayak Tour; Babeldaob Island Tour; Ngardmau Waterfall Hike; City Tour; and visit to Palau International Coral Reef Center. Diver packages include all of the above as well as five days of diving at the famed Palau dive sites. For more information, call (800) 934-3483 or visit http://kidsseacamp.com/palau/palauhomepage.html.

PALAU, MICRONESIA

Located in the westernmost corner of Micronesia, Palau is an archipelago of more than 586 islands with about 20,000 inhabitants. Consistently ranked as one of the world's best dive destinations, Palau is the ultimate paradise for the adventurous traveler, boasting some of the most spectacular water features and beaches as well as the world famous Rock Islands and Jellyfish Lake. With more than 1,400 species of fish and 500 species of coral, some have called Palau the "8th Natural Wonder of the World", while others have identified Palau as "One of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World." For more information about Palau, please visit www.visit-palau.com.
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