PALAU: Travel Packages to an Island Paradise for the Adventurous American Traveler

CBS’s Hit Survivor Incites New Travel Packages to Palau

LOS ANGELES, May 25 /PRNewswire/ — Most Americans never even knew of the Republic of Palau, one of the smallest countries in the world by population, until the February premiere of CBS’s hit reality program Survivor captured the attention of millions of viewers. Now travelers have the opportunity to experience first-hand the marvels they glimpsed on Survivor: Palau, including the world-famous limestone Rock Islands and Jellyfish Lake. Many hotel and tour operators, as well as Continental Airlines, are offering special packages to the paradise of Palau highlighting the renowned landmarks and destinations aired on one of televisions’ biggest hits and seen worldwide.

Numerous hotel packages are available at various price points for the discerning traveler, which include:

“Friends of Survivor” Packages of Cliffside Hotel Palau & NECO Marine Dive Center (5 star IDC / Gold Palm Resort)

Package I — Hotel & Diving for two friends

The Cliffside Hotel Palau and NECO Marine are offering 7 nights lodging (twin room, 2 queen bed, occupancy 2 people) and 5 days 2-tank diving. Dive Palau’s world famous dive sites with NECO Marine, the Dive & Tour Operator the Survivors spent time with, and take a snorkeling trip to the fascinating Jellyfish Lake on one of your dive days. The package price for two friends is $ 2400.00 ($ 1200.00 per person) and includes:

* Breakfast at the hotel each day
* Lunchbox and 2 drinks per person on the boat during the dive days
* Airport-hotel-airport transfers
* Hotel-NECO Marine-hotel transfers each dive day
* Dive guide, tanks and weights
* A snorkeling trip to Jellyfish Lake
* Government 10% hotel room tax and 10% service charge

Package does not include Koror State diving/Rock Island permit, which is $15 per person, additional dives or gear (for rent on site), or airfare.

Package II — Hotel & Tours for Groups (6 people required)

The Cliffside Hotel Palau and NECO Marine Dive Center is offering 5 nights lodging (3 twin bedrooms, each with 2 queen beds, occupancy 2 people) and a 4-day tour program, where one will experience the Survivor sites, guided by their dive and tour operator, NECO Marine.

Day I: Travel by boat to the scenic Rock Islands.
– Go to Survivor Tribal Council Area
– Go to Tribe Beaches: Ulong Beach and Ngerblobang Beach
– Snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Rock Islands and
Cemetery Reef

Day II: Travel by boat to the Rock Islands.
– Visit Challenge Beaches: Ngchus Beach, Ngkesil Beach, Long Beach.
– Snorkeling in the famous Jellyfish Lake and the Rock Islands.

Day III: Travel by boat to Peleliu and go on a land tour, visiting amazing WWII stuff!

Day IV: Travel by boat to Ngarchelong
– Visit stone monoliths
– Drive by 4×4-car to a remote waterfall
– Drive by 4×4-car to Melekeok Abai, a Survivor challenge site
– Return by boat

The package price for a group of 6 is $ 4999.00 ($ 833.16 per person), and includes:

* Guide on the 4 tour days
* Breakfast at the hotel each day
* Lunchbox and 2 drinks per person on the tours during the tour days
* Airport-hotel-airport transfers
* Hotel-NECO Marine-hotel transfers each dive day
* Government 10% hotel room tax and 10% service charge

The package does not include airfare or Koror State diving/Rock Island permit, which is $15 per person. Both package offers are valid for all bookings made until June 30, 2005. For more information, visit www.necomarine.com or contact NECO Marine reservations at (680) 488-1755 or info@necomarine.com.

Palau Pacific Resort

In conjunction with the 10th season of popular reality hit television program Survivor, Palau Pacific Resort offers two options for the adventurous traveler. Palau Pacific Resorts’ “Survivor Ultra Challenge” is priced at only $2,200.70 and includes:

* 5-night accommodations in a Garden View Room for two people
* 3 days diving with Splash, a PADI 5-Star Dive Center for two people
* 2 days free use of guests’ choice: kayak, water wheeler, aqua-bike,
snorkel set, laser, ocean surf ski, ocean view board, transparent
kayak
* 4 days buffet breakfast for two people
* Welcome fruit punch drink upon arrival at the resort
* Nightly turn-down service with amenities
* Complimentary local phone calls
* Roundtrip airport transfers by bus for two people

Palau Pacific Resorts’ “Survivor Ultimate Challenge” is priced at only $3,197.30 and includes:

* 7-night accommodations in a Garden View Room for two people
* 5 days diving with Splash, a PADI 5-Star Dive Center for two people
* 2 days free use of guests’ choice: kayak, water wheeler, aqua-bike,
snorkel set, laser, ocean surf ski, ocean view board, transparent
kayak.
* 6 days buffet breakfast for two people
* Welcome fruit punch drink upon arrival at the resort
* Nightly turn-down service with amenities
* Complimentary local phone calls
* Roundtrip airport transfers by bus for two people

All requests must be in written form and sent directly to Palau Pacific Resort either via fax at (680) 488-1606 or via email at reserve.pal@panpacific.com. The Palau Pacific Resort’s Survivor packages are valid through December 22, 2005. Advance reservations are required and subject to room availability. Airfare is not included in package price, and there is a one-time Marine Park fee of $15.00 per person, which is not included and payable directly to Splash prior to doing any dives, snorkel trips, rock island tours, etc. For more information, visit www.palau.panpacific.com.

The Carolines Resort

The Carolines Resort has 7 standard bungalows for single or double occupancy for $155 + 10% room tax per night. One large bungalow is ideal for a family for $203.50 +10% room tax per night.

* Offering special hotel and diving packages that include 7-night
accommodations, 3-4 days of diving, and one full day of kayaking
* The hotel portion includes breakfast, roundtrip airport transfers upon
arrival and departure
* The diving portion includes two tank dives with weights and belt, free
lunch and drinks, transport to and from the resort to dive center
* Airfare not included, although there are highly recommendable travel
agents

For more information, visit www.carolinesresort.com or contact carolines@palaunet.com.

Palau Plantation Resort

Palau Plantation Resort offers a Honeymooners Special Package at a rate of $1,300.00 for two people, which includes:

* Superior Cottage (4 nights)
* Airport Transfer (exclusive for the honeymooners)
* Honeymooners Special Dinner for two (worth $200)
* Charter Boat to Rock Island with lunch (worth $450)
* Jacuzzi — 1 hour (exclusive, worth $70)

For more information, visit www.palau-resort.com or contact plantation@palaunet.com.

Waterfront Villa

Waterfront Villa offers packages with room, continental breakfast and airport transfers, including:

* Single/ 1 person in room (standard), $69.00 per night
* Double/ 2 person in room (standard), $89.00 per night
* One bedroom condo w/1-2 pax, $115.00 per night
* Two bedroom condo w/1-2 pax, $178.50 per night
* Two bedroom condo w/3-4 pax, $193.75 per night

For more information, visit www.palauwaterfrontvilla.com or contact waterfront.villa@palaunet.com.

West Plaza Hotel By The Sea
West Plaza Hotel By The Sea offers a one-week package, including:

* Twin $967.50 and Single $1,207.00 per person
* Package included with 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast and
one night dinner
* Hotel tax is included
* Hotel airport transfer fee is included
* Dinner will be at Seahorse restaurant or Palm Bay bistro with
complimentary drinks
* All rooms will be as standard and twin will be room share
* Diving will be 6 day X 2 tank dive with lunch at the dive site
* Diving permit fee is not included

This package rate will be until January 31, 2006. For more information, visit www.wphpalau.com or contact west.plaza@palaunet.com.

A few of the tour operators offering special dive packages include:

Antelope Dive Shop / Palau Marine Club

Antelope Dive Shop offers a dive package with airport transfer & accommodations (deluxe room) for a group of 6 persons or more, including:

* 6 dives/ 3 days &4 nights for $350.00
* 4 dives/ 2 days and 3 nights for $250.00

There will be an additional of $50.00/day for a single charge. A diving permit is $15.00 and is not included. For more information, visit www.palau-net.jp/top-e.html or contact antelope@palaunet.com.

Fish ‘n Fins Dive Shop

Fish ‘n Fins offers diving/snorkeling packages starting at $600 per person (Tree-D Motel) or $1425 per person (Palau Pacific Resort), and includes:

* Airport transfers, Hotel — dive shop transfers, 7 nights, 5 days
diving (2 tanks a day) including tanks, weights, lunch and drinks,
snorkeling between the rock islands.

Airfare is not included. For more information, visit www.fishnfins.com or contact info@fishnfins.com.

MAML Divers Palau

In operation since 2000, MAML Divers Palau offers two packages for scuba divers:

Package A: Peleliu Overnight Tour

* Total cost $130 per/person
* Includes transportation between Koror and Peleliu, 1 night hotel
(Island view Hotel), Peleliu land Tour
* Meals included: 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches
* Additional nights: $40 for one more night

Package B: Dive Package, 7 nights/10 dives

* Total cost $625 (single charge for hotel $35 per/night)
* Includes airport transfer, 7 nights (West Plaza Hotel), 10 dives from
Koror
* Meals included: Lunch included with dives
* Price package per night: 4 nights/4 dives $310, 5 nights/6 dives $415,
6 nights/ 8 dives $520

For more information, visit www.mamldivers.com or contact 680-488-8029 or boss@mamldivers.com.

Sam’s Tours

Sam’s Tours, PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Center, is offering our 2005 dive and hotel package deals with our five most popular Palau hotels: Palau Pacific Resort, The Carolines Resort, Sunrise Villa, West Plaza Hotels, and Tree D Motel.

Each attractive package includes:

* 7 nights hotel accommodation
* five (5) days of standard 2-tank diving
* one full day Kayaking tour
* required Koror State & Peleliu Government Permit
* round trip airport and daily hotel transfers
* daily breakfast at hotel
* lunch and drinks while on tour

Rates are based on per person double occupancy, as follows:

Palau Pacific Resort: $1,834 (Garden view room) The Carolines Resort: $1,390 Sunrise Villa Hotel: $1,158 Sunrise Villa Hotel: $1,307 (2 Queen Size Beds) West Plaza Hotels: $1,059 Tree D Motel: $985

The package does not include airfare; airport departure tax of $20 per person; diving rental equipment other than tanks and weights (which are included); Nitrox (optional, price: $8 per bottle); night dives (optional, price $60 per person; minimum of 4 persons required); or other optional tours. Seven nights hotel stay required and is valid on 2005 Dive Package only. Prices are subject to change, and packages expire December 30, 2005. Single Supplement costs apply. No credit for unused services such as meals, transfers and permits and no other discounts apply.

For more information, visit www.samstours.com or contact (680) 488-1062 or samstours@palaunet.com.

Continental Airlines Vacations, the only United States-based airline company that flies to Micronesia, offers a dive package to Palau that includes 8 days and 7 nights of hotel accommodations at select resorts, 5 days of two tank boat diving and lunch daily, and round-trip airport transfers. Participating resorts include Desekel Hotel from $840; Sunrise Villa from $1,040; Caroline’s Resort from $1,127; and Palau Pacific Resort from $1,279. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to change at any time. Availability is limited and rates do not include airfare, taxes or gratuities. Tours are operated by Trip-n-Tour, the dive travel experts of Palau. To book your Continental Airlines Vacations package to Palau, please call (888) 736-9796.

Located in the westernmost corner of Micronesia, Palau is an archipelago of more than 400 islands with less than 20,000 inhabitants. Consistently ranked as one the world’s best dive destinations, Palau is the ultimate paradise for the adventurous traveler, boasting some of the most spectacular water and beaches and world famous for its 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.” For more information on Palau, please visit www.visit-palau.com or contact the Palau Visitors Authority at pva@visit-palau.com.

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