About Palau Royal Resort & Fish n Fins
The Palau Royal Resort is a 4 star experience on the island of Malakal, Koror. With only a short transfer between the airport and your hotel, you arrive at your dream destination speedily after landing. With plenty of on site facilites, this is an excellent choice for non divers and families or for anyone that wants more than diving. The harbour views alone make this a wonderful option for anyone that wants to experience the beauty of Palau.
The Palau Royal Resort is comprised of 157 rooms and suites to chose from. All have air con, mini bar and are ensuite. The decor is inspired by the awesome Rock Islands and has a tropical flair. Each room has a balcony and full room service. There is 1 restaurant on site so you don't have to go far for an exquisite dining experience with international flavours from all over the globe. Fill your days with table tennis, mini golf or a trip to the Mandara Spa. There is a childrens' playroom making the Royal Resort an excellent option for families. The pool is large and perfect for a lazy day enjoying the sunshine. If you want to explore more of Palau, Koror is only a short taxi ride and the cultural hub of Palau.
Fish 'n Fins are your diving centre and will pick you up from the Palau Royal Resort for each day's diving. There is no one else in Palau that can rival their experience and enthusiasm for the local marinescape. The team know every nook and cranny and from the comfort of their 7 custom built dive boats you can explore legendary dive sites... Jellyfish lake, Blue corner, Peleliu Expressway... these are just some of the world class dive sites on offer. Groups are kept small so you can enjoy your diving away from the masses. Fish 'n Fins are a full PADI, BSAC and CMAS facility so no matter what your training needs, this is the dive centre for you! Together Fish 'n Fins and the Palau Royal Resort are the ingredients you need for an unforgettable holiday.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Located between Guam, The Philippines and Papua New Guinea, Palau is a 640km long archipelago that harbours one of the world’s greatest concentrations of corals, fish and other marine life. The Palau islands include more than 200 islands, of which only eight are inhabited. Having emerged from the United Nations trusteeship in 1994 it is one of the worlds youngest and smallest sovereign states. Few other travel destinations in the world can compete with Palau when it comes to diversity - sharks, mantas, wrecks, caves, reefs and the unique Jelly fish lake. Palau is a scuba destination like no other. Many of the dive sites are reachable from both resort and liveaboard. Scuba Travel have worked for many years with the premier scuba diving operators in Palau and we're more than happy to help you discover this fantastic destination.
Weather and Climate
Palau enjoys a tropical climate all year round with an annual mean temperature of 28 °C. Rainfall can occur throughout the year, averaging a total of 150 inches (3,800 mm). The average humidity over the course of the year is 82%, and although rain falls more frequently between July and October, there is still much sunshine. Typhoons are rare as Palau is outside the main typhoon zone. Water temps are usually around 28C
There are no direct flights to Palau. The best route is via Manila (you may need to overnight here) and then onto Palau. On some dates the flight will stop in Guam before landing on Koror. You will fly with United Airlines between Manila and Palau. We are able to book most major airlines as far as Manila. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Koror, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
You can chose to break your journey in Manila or en route with your airline. Singapore, Hong Kong or Dubai are popular options.
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders are able to obtain a visa on arrival. Please ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. Guam is a US protectorate - you must have a valid ESTA before travel if your flights transit through Guam. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren’t as expensive as you might think. click here
What happens when I arrive?
On arrival in Palau you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
All transfers will have been arranged for you. Transfers are by land and not usually more than about 30mins.
Return transfer details will be advised locally. There is a $50 departure tax & green fee on leaving Palau
Included in your holiday
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.
Plugs and electricity
Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally
The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site
Deposits and Balances
Ways to pay
We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
Palau is one of the most remote diving destination on the globe. Far, far from the madding crowd this is a high adrenalin diving holiday, set against the verdant backdrop of the green islands. The sites are some of the most famous in diving. German Channel feeds an tidal lagoon and doubles up as a manta and shark cleaning station. Hook into the reef at Blue Corner and be amazed by the parade of sharks, tuna, eagle rays and turtles pass by. These are just for starters. There is Chandelier Cave, where stalactites cling to the cave walls. Scenic reef dives a plenty too for all to enjoy. Or how about a wreck dive at Teshio Maru, a reminder of the vicious battles here during the Second World War. There is an enormous amount to discover on a Palau diving holiday - sit back and enjoy the show unfold!
Fish 'n' Fins is Palau's only 5* PADI Gold Palm dive centre and know what modern divers need. E-learning is fully supported so you can get a head start on your course theory from home. Spend more time enjoying the warm waters and astonishing sights. The diving is well worth recording and the on site photo pro can rent cameras as well as teach you how to get those all important wow shots. Fancy diving deeper? Guided technical dives are available on request. No matter if you have never dived before or are looking to take your training further, this knowledgeable team can help you every fin kick of the way.
- Palau's premier PADI 5* Gold Palm resort
- Small boat groups
- Shore excursions
- Photo centre on site
- Guided tech diving
Most divers will spend the majority of their dives out on one of Fish 'n' Fins' superb dive boats. Groups are kept small here so no one feels crowded either on board or underwater. The diving programme is left open to suit each diver's experience level and interest. Somewhere specific you want to dive? Just let the team know. Two tank days are the norm with the surface interval and lunch hour spent at Rock Island enjoying the tropical weather and beach. Special shore excusions are also made to the snorkeling sites such as Jellyfish lake - a must see phenomenon. And if you are taking a day off, why not change the pace and try out a day's fishing or kayak tour. Everything is possible here!
Diving Rates & Prices
If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Palau Royal Resort & Fish n Fins.
- 1 days diving from: £91 (2 boat dives, 12ltr tanks and weights)
- 3 days diving from: £273 (2 boat dives per day, 12ltr tanks and weights)
- 5 days diving from: £455 (2 boat dives per day, 12ltr tanks and weights)
Scuba Diving Courses
- PADI open water referral from: Price on request
- PADI open water course from: £382 (inc. full equipment hire, excl. manual and cert card paid locally)
- PADI advanced course from: £298 (inc. full equipment hire, excl. manual and cert card paid locally)
- Nitrox Specialty from: £ 207 (inc manual and cert card)
- Other courses available on request
- Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): £31 (per day paid locally)
These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.