Bumphead Parrotfish in Palau


Join hosts Jasmine Carey & Darren Jew for the Bumphead Parrotfish Spawning in Palau
3-10 January 2021

Palau is an island group in the western Pacific, just to the north of the equator. It lies close to the deepest parts of the ocean and is renowned for its beautiful coral reefs, diversity of fish life, and abundant pelagic species.

Palua is also famous for Jellyfish Lake, which provides the opportunity to swim in a unique freshwater environment amongst thousands of harmless pulsating jellyfish.

Join 6-time Australian Professional Nature Photographer of the Year Darren Jew (IG: @DarrenJew ), on board Solitude One in Palau for this special trip coinciding with the Bumphead Parrotfish spawning.

Darren will share insights into both the techniques and the creative processes he employs in the making of his award-winning images. Darren has had a life-long career in nature photography, and will draw on his vast experience both in capture and post-processing to help you make the most of the opportunities presented on your trip.

Fellow ocean photographer Jasmine Carey (IG: @pxlexplorer ) will also be on-board to assist with your questions and to infuse her enthusiasm for capturing and sharing all things in the ocean. Darren and Jasmine each have their own unique brand of visual story-telling, and love to help photographers of all levels bring out their best.

Check-out both Darren’s and Jasmine’s images from their last Palau trip on Solitude One here on instagram and also some IG Stories here.

Learn more about your ship Solitutude One


Trip Date
3rd January 2021 – 10th January 2021

  • Stateroom           USD$3,710
  • Deluxe Cabins    USD$3,395
  • Quad Cabin         USD$3,115

Some Single Supplements available, please enquire.

Contact the Solitude team directly for bookings [email protected]


Itinerary (subject to change)
You c an expect +/- 20 dives over the length of the trip.

Day 1 Embarkation begins from 1800Hrs Embarkation and airport or hotel pick-up transfers will begin from 1800hrs. If you are arriving after midnight on day 1, do not worry, you will be met by our crew at the airport on your arrival and be transferred to Solitude One. The distance from the airport to the embarkation point is no more than 30 minutes. If you are staying at a hotel in Koror or Malakal, our crew will communicate with your hotel/resort front desk to inform you of your pickup time. Embarkation transfers will stop at 1000hrs on.

Day 2 – as Solitude One will get underway leaving Malakal Harbour. Upon boarding Solitude One, a welcome from the rest of our crew awaits you. Orientation and registration (remember your C-Cards and/or Log Books, Diving insurance card/or document !) will begin once you are welcomed. You are encouraged to complete your registration and general liability release forms prior to arriving in Palau; this way you will save yourself some time with the orientation and can use this towards getting yourself settled in and rested! If you have not, there is nothing to worry about as you can complete them after the orientation to hand to your cruise directors. During the registration, the Koror and Peleliu Permit Fees & taxes (total of US $160) will be collected (cash only) as well. Jellyfish Lake Permit fees of US $50 (optional trip) will also be collected. Day 2 you will have 2 or 3 dives: Choice of Sites: Helmet Wreck/Chandelier Cave/Jake Seaplane/Teshio MaruLeave Malakal Lagoon Anchorage for Ulong Island.

Day 3 – 3 or 4 dives  Choice of Sites: Iro Wreck/Ulong Channel/Sandy Paradise/Siaes Corner

Day 4 – 3 or 4 dives Choice of Sites: Siaes Tunnel/Siaes Corner/Ulong Channel/Sandy Paradise/German Channel/NewDrop-Off Leave Ulong Anchorage for German Channel Anchorage via Whale Island

Day 5 & 6 –  3 or 4 dives a day Choice of Sites: Peleliu (Wall/Cut/Express/Corner)/Orange Beach/German Channel/Blue Corner/Blue Holes)/Turtle Cove/Big Drop-Off

Day 7 – 3 dives, your last dive has to conform to our 18 hours no-fly/no-altitude policy. Choice of Sites: German Channel/Blue Corner/New Drop-Off/Big Drop-Off /Ngedbus Corner. Return to Malakal Lagoon Anchorage in the late evening.

Day 8– No DivingAfter a big breakfast, you have optional complimentary tours (you will only need to pay for the entry permit fees) of Jellyfish Lake & Milky Way by speed boat. After the tour, you will return to Solitude One and prepare for check out before a late lunch. You will also be briefed on your check-out bills for you to prepare for payment. We accept USD Cash (preferred) or Credit Card (Please let the cruise directors know the day before disembarkation). Disembarkation (check-out) will be by 1700hrs (dinner is not included). Late check-out till latest 0000Hrs (the next day) can be accommodated (US $75 per person which includes dinner) subject to availability.