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Micronesia for a month under $6-8k?

Discussion in 'The Pacific Islands' started by orenbvip, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. orenbvip

    orenbvip Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Montreal
    I am looking to plan a month dive intensive trip. I backpack/scuba dive every winter. This year I only have a month but more funds than previous years. In the past I've done pretty well on a $3-4k a month budget for diving SE Asia (sipidan, lembeh, komodo, philippines, bali, thailand, etc). I was wondering what I would need to do a month in Micronaisa , from everything i've seen EVERYTHING is expensive.

    I have found the Airpass deal (multiple flights) which could help ease the pain. I also have enough AMEX point to fly out to Guam/Manilla so the airfare is less of an issue, unless I am wrong?

    What would be the cheapest I could dive around Micronesia for? I'd like to spend $8k or less for a month, Also what are the best bang for the buck spots? Would Palau, Yap, and Truuk be possible given my budget.

    Lastly If it turns out its not feasible, perhaps I could do Philippines for a few weeks and do one week in Palau?

    Sorry if this is too vague or too many questions. I am open to any suggestions or help.


    ---------- Post added August 27th, 2013 at 04:56 PM ----------

    Oh also this will be for the month of december.
  2. orenbvip

    orenbvip Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Montreal
  3. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Perth West Aust.
    PNG is roughly twice the price of asia, cant speak for the rest of micronesia though.
  4. cozcharlie

    cozcharlie Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Cozumel, MX and Houston TX area
    I think it could be done, but would be tight obviously. I would look for specials on the liveaboards. At one point the Palau Aggressor was doing a special for about $2k/week. This might be harder to do a year in advance. There were some other posts about cheap accommodation options in Palau a while back. You can probably stay and eat cheaply for $100/day, but the diving will cost you.

    The Philippines/Palau option you mentioned sounds like a possibility. You can live cheap there obviously (although the dive shop I used wasn't actually that cheap on the diving). I would then combine it with a week or two (if you can find a cheap rate) on a liveaboard on Palau. They really are a good value if you plan to dive hard (and you have a very good idea of what the costs will be up front, just remember to ask about dive permit fees etc when they are quoting the price. They don't hide anything, but there are required fees in addition to the base rate).
  5. triggerman365

    triggerman365 PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Florida
    You could contact MDA in Guam, they specialize in tours to those three spots.

    MDA Aquaquest Travel
  6. Kevrumbo

    Kevrumbo Banned

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: South Santa Monica Bay/Los Angeles California, USA
    Palau conveniently uses US Dollars currency, is relatively easy to get to from LAX/SFO gateways, and is my favorite warm water tropical diving vacation, with the best overall variety of wall, healthy reef, big schooling fish & shark/manta ray action, and drift diving in the world. . . !

    Budget accommodations often packaged with Sam's Tours Dive-ops above are DW Motel, and Lehns Motel ($45/night).

    Many more airlines other than United are now flying to Koror Palau (Japan Airlines; Korean Airlines; China Airlines; Asiana and Delta), so shop around for the lowest fare.
  7. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: on the path to perdition
  8. OnTheSpot

    OnTheSpot Contributor

    if your plan is for this December, then as mentioned in a previous reply there is a deal on the Palau Aggressor but it expires on the 20th Sep, so you would have to make your mind up quickly. United airlines fly directly from Manila to Palau, so this could tie in with your Philippine suggestion and as your probably aware having dived the Philippines before it wouldn't be a problem with your remaining budget to spend a few weeks there.
  9. orenbvip

    orenbvip Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Montreal
    Ok that is excellent actually. How much are flights from Manila to Palau? I think ill call you this week to book.
  10. OnTheSpot

    OnTheSpot Contributor

    I think around US$600 return, but we don't arrange the flights unfortunately.

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