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Program #18535RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
It is strongly recommended that you bring your own snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins) for optimal fit and experiennce; however, snorkeling equipment will be available availab le for use if needed.

Itinerary for Jan 24 — Feb 4, 2014

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Once the favorite playground of Hawaii's royalty and their distinguished guests, Waikiki was almost entirely wetlands at the turn of the 20th century - full of taro patches, rice paddies and fish ponds. Today, it has all the amenities and activities of a major urban center, along with some of Oahu's most beautiful white sand beaches. Located at the gateway to Waikiki, the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki overlooks the beautiful, blue Pacific Ocean and the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. The guest rooms at this AAA Four Diamond property are all oceanfront with floor to ceiling windows. Amenities include shuttle service to Waikiki and surrounding beaches, valet parking, turndown service upon request, swimming pool, whirlpool, business center, fitness room, expanded channel offerings including free and pay movies, in room mini-refrigerator with bottled water replenished daily, in room safe, hair dryer, iron, bath robe, four restaurants, and free transportation to the hotel’s 27 hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer (guests receive preferred tee times and special rates) or to two championship tennis courts.

Contact info:
100 Holomoana St
Honolulu, HI 96815 USA
phone: 808-956-1111
web: www.hawaiiprincehotel.com

Room amenities: in-room safes, in-room mini-refrigerator, In-Room coffee maker with coffee, in-room movies, turn-down service (upon request), complimentary use of bathrobes, iron and ironing board, High-speed internet access (wired and Wi-Fi - fees apply -as of 7/2012, $11.95 per 24 hour period available in room and lobby), and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurants, business center, fitness center, shops and a spa, full-service concierge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 2012: $179 + taxes
Please call the hotel directly at (800) 321-6248. Request the special PII Road Scholar Group rate. This rate is based upon availability in the “Run of Ocean” Room Category . Please note: the rate may vary based on your program dates. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your room reservation. Credit cards accepted include American Express, Diners, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours in advance to avoid penalty.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, January 24 - Registration and Orientation
Afternoon: Check in to hotel and Program Registration.

Dinner: Buffet Dinner- Prince Court Restaurant

Evening: Welcome, introductions and Program Orientation.

Lodging: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

Meals Included: Dinner
Day Two: Saturday, January 25 - Departures from Honolulu to Guam/Cross Int'l Date...
Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast – Prince Court Restaurant

Morning: Class: Introduction to Palau and Cultural Overview & a Peek Underwater

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Board midafternoon United flight from Honolulu to Guam; meal served in-flight

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Hotel

Description: This simple hotel is a quiet, cozy, friendly, family-owned and run hotel with air-conditioned rooms and ideally located in downtown Koror, close to shopping and activities. The hotel restaurant features Palauan cuisine. The hotel restaurant is very popular with the local community and is a great place to meet and mingle with Palauans.

Contact info:
P. O. Box 6013
Koror, Palau, FM 96940 Micronesia, Federated States
phone: +6804881941
web: www.penthousepalau.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private shower with bathtub, mini refrigerator with complimentary drinking water, cable television, alarm clock, phone with free local calls, and includes daily maid service. Room service is also available during restaurant operation hours. In-room massage service and laundry service provided upon request. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available as well. Most rooms include balcony, hair-dryers, iron and board and in-room safes.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a beauty salon, laundry service, safe deposit box, coin-operated laundry, room service, and postal and parcel service Uab's Table and Scott's Bar are open daily from 6:30am until 11:00pm. Registered guests enjoy free local calls, free high-speed internet, and a mini exchange library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Sunday, January 26 - In Transit/Cross International Dateline
Evening: Arrive Palau late evening, transfer to hotel and check in.

In Transit: Cross International Dateline and arrive Guam. At approximately 7:00 pm, flight arrives in Guam; transfer to flight to Palau At approximately 8:00 pm, United Airlines flight departs for Koror, Palau; light snack on board (subject to change depending on airline policy).

Lodging: The Penthouse Palau Hotel

Type: Hotel

Description: This simple hotel is a quiet, cozy, friendly, family-owned and run hotel with air-conditioned rooms and ideally located in downtown Koror, close to shopping and activities. The hotel restaurant features Palauan cuisine. The hotel restaurant is very popular with the local community and is a great place to meet and mingle with Palauans.

Contact info:
P. O. Box 6013
Koror, Palau, FM 96940 Micronesia, Federated States
phone: +6804881941
web: www.penthousepalau.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private shower with bathtub, mini refrigerator with complimentary drinking water, cable television, alarm clock, phone with free local calls, and includes daily maid service. Room service is also available during restaurant operation hours. In-room massage service and laundry service provided upon request. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available as well. Most rooms include balcony, hair-dryers, iron and board and in-room safes.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a beauty salon, laundry service, safe deposit box, coin-operated laundry, room service, and postal and parcel service Uab's Table and Scott's Bar are open daily from 6:30am until 11:00pm. Registered guests enjoy free local calls, free high-speed internet, and a mini exchange library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Monday, January 27 - Class: Marine Life in Palau/Snorkeling at Nikko B...
Note: There will be a brush up snorkeling lesson for those who are interested prior to the first snorkeling excursion

Breakfast: The Penthouse Hotel

Morning: Class: Marine Life in Palau. Depart on bus after classe for dock where will have lunch nearby.

Lunch: Lunch near the dock

Afternoon: After lunch, there will be time to pick up snorkel gear (if you did not bring your own set) & brush up snorkeling lesson in swimming pool for those who are interested. After that, head for our first snorkeling excursion. A short boat trip will take us to sheltered Nikko Bay for an introductory exploration of Palau’s fantastic marine environment with its spectacular variety of corals, fish species, and other marine life.

Dinner: The Penthouse Hotel

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Penthouse Palau Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This simple hotel is a quiet, cozy, friendly, family-owned and run hotel with air-conditioned rooms and ideally located in downtown Koror, close to shopping and activities. The hotel restaurant features Palauan cuisine. The hotel restaurant is very popular with the local community and is a great place to meet and mingle with Palauans.

Contact info:
P. O. Box 6013
Koror, Palau, FM 96940 Micronesia, Federated States
phone: +6804881941
web: www.penthousepalau.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private shower with bathtub, mini refrigerator with complimentary drinking water, cable television, alarm clock, phone with free local calls, and includes daily maid service. Room service is also available during restaurant operation hours. In-room massage service and laundry service provided upon request. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available as well. Most rooms include balcony, hair-dryers, iron and board and in-room safes.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a beauty salon, laundry service, safe deposit box, coin-operated laundry, room service, and postal and parcel service Uab's Table and Scott's Bar are open daily from 6:30am until 11:00pm. Registered guests enjoy free local calls, free high-speed internet, and a mini exchange library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Tuesday, January 28 - Snorkeling Rock Islands South and East Lagoon/Jel...
Note: Full day of snorkeling; The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change.

Breakfast: The Penthouse Hotel

Morning: Full Day Field Trip: Snorkeling and History in the Rock Islands South and East Lagoon - You will have a full day motor boat trip exploring the spectacular Rock Islands, wondrously mushroom-shaped with their bases undercut by water erosion, fish grazing, and the scraping by tiny chitons. Here you will explore the abundant variety of marine and bird life, including a rare opportunity to snorkel in a marine lake. In Jellyfish Lake, you’ll swim among millions of jellyfish of all sizes as you learn about the evolution of these creatures that have virtually lost their sting due to the absence of predators and minimized carnivorous behaviors.

Lunch: Picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Snorkeling excursion continues. We'll arrive back at the hotel in the late afternoon

Dinner: The Penthouse Hotel

Lodging: The Penthouse Palau Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This simple hotel is a quiet, cozy, friendly, family-owned and run hotel with air-conditioned rooms and ideally located in downtown Koror, close to shopping and activities. The hotel restaurant features Palauan cuisine. The hotel restaurant is very popular with the local community and is a great place to meet and mingle with Palauans.

Contact info:
P. O. Box 6013
Koror, Palau, FM 96940 Micronesia, Federated States
phone: +6804881941
web: www.penthousepalau.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private shower with bathtub, mini refrigerator with complimentary drinking water, cable television, alarm clock, phone with free local calls, and includes daily maid service. Room service is also available during restaurant operation hours. In-room massage service and laundry service provided upon request. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available as well. Most rooms include balcony, hair-dryers, iron and board and in-room safes.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a beauty salon, laundry service, safe deposit box, coin-operated laundry, room service, and postal and parcel service Uab's Table and Scott's Bar are open daily from 6:30am until 11:00pm. Registered guests enjoy free local calls, free high-speed internet, and a mini exchange library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Wednesday, January 29 - Palau International Coral Reef Center/Free Aftern...
Note: Some walking

Breakfast: The Penthouse Hotel

Morning: Explore Palau International Reef Center. You will begin your visit with an orientation and discussion on the history of the facility and its current research programs followed by a guided tour to view the fascinating marine life exhibits with a special focus on the reef systems of Palau and Micronesia .

Lunch: On your own to explore local fare

Afternoon: Arrive The Penthouse Hotel - Free Afternoon – Lunch and Dinner are on your own to explore local fare. You might consider dining at Taj (Indian Food), Fuji (Japanese), Yanno’s (a local deli) or other restaurants. Keep an eye out for kangkum, a delicious Palauan leafy green – delicious served a variety of different ways. There are also a variety of things to do – explore Koror, interact with dolphins at Dolphin Pacific, do more snorkeling, visit the Etpison Museum, visit the jail to see their great local carvings, or have a cool drink at Abai Ice.

Dinner: On your own to explore local fare

Lodging: The Penthouse Palau Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Hotel

Description: This simple hotel is a quiet, cozy, friendly, family-owned and run hotel with air-conditioned rooms and ideally located in downtown Koror, close to shopping and activities. The hotel restaurant features Palauan cuisine. The hotel restaurant is very popular with the local community and is a great place to meet and mingle with Palauans.

Contact info:
P. O. Box 6013
Koror, Palau, FM 96940 Micronesia, Federated States
phone: +6804881941
web: www.penthousepalau.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private shower with bathtub, mini refrigerator with complimentary drinking water, cable television, alarm clock, phone with free local calls, and includes daily maid service. Room service is also available during restaurant operation hours. In-room massage service and laundry service provided upon request. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available as well. Most rooms include balcony, hair-dryers, iron and board and in-room safes.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a beauty salon, laundry service, safe deposit box, coin-operated laundry, room service, and postal and parcel service Uab's Table and Scott's Bar are open daily from 6:30am until 11:00pm. Registered guests enjoy free local calls, free high-speed internet, and a mini exchange library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Thursday, January 30 - Snorkeling in the Rock Islands South and West Lag...
Note: Full day of snokeling; The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change.

Breakfast: The Penthouse Hotel

Morning: Full Day Excursion: Snorkeling and History in the Rock Islands South and West Lagoon – Today you head back into the Rock Islands to continue your exploration of this spectacular area. You’ll snorkel many different spots and have the chance to see more of the beauty of this area above and below the water’s surface. Conditions permitting, planned stops today may include Ulong “Channel” where the current may support a drift snorkel; Soft Coral Arch; Cemetery Reef; and a quick stop at “Milky Way” to see and try a “wonder clay” from the ocean floor that can sell for $50+ a bottle in Asian countries.

Lunch: Picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Full day snorkeling excursion continues. Return to the Penthouse Hotel late afternoon.

Dinner: The Penthouse Hotel

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Penthouse Palau Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This simple hotel is a quiet, cozy, friendly, family-owned and run hotel with air-conditioned rooms and ideally located in downtown Koror, close to shopping and activities. The hotel restaurant features Palauan cuisine. The hotel restaurant is very popular with the local community and is a great place to meet and mingle with Palauans.

Contact info:
P. O. Box 6013
Koror, Palau, FM 96940 Micronesia, Federated States
phone: +6804881941
web: www.penthousepalau.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private shower with bathtub, mini refrigerator with complimentary drinking water, cable television, alarm clock, phone with free local calls, and includes daily maid service. Room service is also available during restaurant operation hours. In-room massage service and laundry service provided upon request. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available as well. Most rooms include balcony, hair-dryers, iron and board and in-room safes.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a beauty salon, laundry service, safe deposit box, coin-operated laundry, room service, and postal and parcel service Uab's Table and Scott's Bar are open daily from 6:30am until 11:00pm. Registered guests enjoy free local calls, free high-speed internet, and a mini exchange library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Friday, January 31 - Village Visit & Cultural Excursion/Afternoon Snor...
Note: Some walking in the morning, 1/2 day snorkeling in the afternoon. The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change.

Breakfast: The Penthouse Hotel

Morning: Travel by boat to Metuker ra Bisch (the Yapese stone money "rai" quarry) before making an entrance into Airai Village by way of the sea. Here we have received exclusive permission to enter the High Chief's Bai (traditional Palauan meeting house), and we are honored by the presence of the Airai chiefs who chant and interpret the stories engraved on the beams of the Bai.

Lunch: Local style lunch in Airai Village specially prepared for Road Scholars by the villagers.

Afternoon: Travel by boat for our afternoon snorkeling excursion. There will be a quick stop to view WWII aircraft relics, followed by more great snorkeling over Palau’s spectacular reefs. Please note that the stop at the WWII artifacts will be relatively short - although we think you’ll find them an interesting part of Palau’s history and marine environment, they are located in a bay which can have fairly murky water, and we know you’ll want to spend more time over beautiful reefs.

Dinner: The Penthouse Hotel

Evening: Free evening to relax or explore.

Lodging: The Penthouse Palau Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type:

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Saturday, February 01 - Belau National Museum/Snorkeling
Note: Some walking in the morning, 1/2 day snorkel in the afternoon. The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change.

Breakfast: The Penthouse Hotel

Morning: Field Trip: Belau National Museum – our excursion will introduce us to traditional Palauan culture and history through viewing of cultural artifacts such as the Palauan money bead and learning the history of the Palauan “Story Board”. We will return to the hotel, change for snorkeling excursion and depart for the dock before noon

Lunch: Picnic lunch

Afternoon: Snorkeling Excursion – One last peek under water before heading to Yap.

Dinner: Farewell to Palau Dinner at The Penthouse Hotel

Evening: Check out of Hotel and Depart for Airport Early morning United flight (approximately 1:45 am) departs from Palau to Yap.

Lodging: Overnight Flight

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Yap Pacific Dive Resort offers all the amenities of a 5 Star Hotel and attention to detail is their trademark. This intimate retreat of 20 rooms and 2 Grand Suites styled in unique 1880's Victorian architecture is reminiscent of the 19th century era of the Clipper Ship trade. A warm and friendly atmosphere and well trained staff will see to your every need. A former Japanese command post was turned into the Veranda View Restaurant and Pool Side Café and Bar, featuring a panoramic view of Chammorro Bay, Yap Lagoon, and the fringing reef. Yap Pacific Dive Resort has been selected the "Best Resort in Micronesia" from 2005-2012.

Contact info:
1 Yap Pacific Drive
P.O. Box B
Colonia, Yap, FM 96943 Micronesia, Federated States
phone: +6913506000
web: www.yap-pacific.com

Room amenities: Spacious rooms have air conditioning, a ceiling fan, mini bar, TV/VCR, IDD telephone, hardwood floors, French doors that open onto a patio or veranda.Accented with hand crafted furniture and original artworks from the Ethnic Art Institute of Micronesia. All rooms have the same basic floor plan and differ by location.

Facility amenities: Spacious lobby, Spa, Victorian garden ,Yap's only freshwater swimming pool, poolside Cafe and bar, Fine Dining Restaurant, dive shop, local handicraftts, free High-Speed Internet, and business services Additional fees may be applied for some amenities.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All rooms have showers, no tubs.


Day Ten: Sunday, February 02 - Arrive Yap/Intro to Yap Marine Life Snorkel
Note: 1/2 day snorkel in the afternoon; The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change.

Arrive To: Arrive from Palau to Yap at approximately 3:45 am. Early morning arrival in Yap; transfer to hotel and check in. Free morning to rest

Brunch: Yap Pacific Dive Resort

Afternoon: Snorkel Excursion – an introduction to Yap’s marine environment – keep your eyes open for great hard and soft corals, parrotfish, pipefish, lionfish, blue sea stars, pin-cushion sea stars, and many other species as you snorkel in Yap. After returning to the hotel, there will be a social hour and with optional activity: The Betel Nut – a chance to learn about the betel nut, the nut of the areca palm, which is so popular to chew in Yap and other places in the Pacific.

Dinner: Yap Pacific Dive Resort

Lodging: Yap Pacific Dive Resort

Meals Included: Brunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Yap Pacific Dive Resort offers all the amenities of a 5 Star Hotel and attention to detail is their trademark. This intimate retreat of 20 rooms and 2 Grand Suites styled in unique 1880's Victorian architecture is reminiscent of the 19th century era of the Clipper Ship trade. A warm and friendly atmosphere and well trained staff will see to your every need. A former Japanese command post was turned into the Veranda View Restaurant and Pool Side Café and Bar, featuring a panoramic view of Chammorro Bay, Yap Lagoon, and the fringing reef. Yap Pacific Dive Resort has been selected the "Best Resort in Micronesia" from 2005-2012.

Contact info:
1 Yap Pacific Drive
P.O. Box B
Colonia, Yap, FM 96943 Micronesia, Federated States
phone: +6913506000
web: www.yap-pacific.com

Room amenities: Spacious rooms have air conditioning, a ceiling fan, mini bar, TV/VCR, IDD telephone, hardwood floors, French doors that open onto a patio or veranda.Accented with hand crafted furniture and original artworks from the Ethnic Art Institute of Micronesia. All rooms have the same basic floor plan and differ by location.

Facility amenities: Spacious lobby, Spa, Victorian garden ,Yap's only freshwater swimming pool, poolside Cafe and bar, Fine Dining Restaurant, dive shop, local handicraftts, free High-Speed Internet, and business services Additional fees may be applied for some amenities.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All rooms have showers, no tubs.


Day Eleven: Monday, February 03 - Snorkeling and Forbidden Island (Rumung)
Note: Walking in the morning/1/2 day snorkel in the afternoon. The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change.

Breakfast: Yap Pacific Dive Resort

Morning: Full Day Excursion: Snorkeling and Forbidden Island (Rumung)– We’ll begin with a half day snorkeling introduction to Yap’s marine environment – keep your eyes open for great hard and soft corals, parrotfish, pipefish, lionfish, blue sea stars, pin-cushion sea stars, and many other lucky, you may even see a manta ray (although probably not today)! Picnic lunch included on private beach.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on a private beach

Afternoon: We’ll then continue on our journey to the Forbidden Island (Rumung) to experience, via land and boat, a setting where few foreigners have trod. Since the 17th century, Rumung has been forbidden to all foreigners because the absolute preservation of culture and tradition has been paramount to this community. Recently, the barriers of entry were lifted to allow a few outsiders, by special invitation, to visit select areas of this truly historic spot. A symbolic artifact of the Yapese culture resides on the island – the two largest pieces of stone money within the island chain – both span approximately 12 feet and each weigh more than a few tons. PLEASE NOTE: Any photography of the Stone Money or the island itself is forbidden.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own to explore local fare

Evening: Free evening to relax or explore.

Lodging: Yap Pacific Dive Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Yap Pacific Dive Resort offers all the amenities of a 5 Star Hotel and attention to detail is their trademark. This intimate retreat of 20 rooms and 2 Grand Suites styled in unique 1880's Victorian architecture is reminiscent of the 19th century era of the Clipper Ship trade. A warm and friendly atmosphere and well trained staff will see to your every need. A former Japanese command post was turned into the Veranda View Restaurant and Pool Side Café and Bar, featuring a panoramic view of Chammorro Bay, Yap Lagoon, and the fringing reef. Yap Pacific Dive Resort has been selected the "Best Resort in Micronesia" from 2005-2012.

Contact info:
1 Yap Pacific Drive
P.O. Box B
Colonia, Yap, FM 96943 Micronesia, Federated States
phone: +6913506000
web: www.yap-pacific.com

Room amenities: Spacious rooms have air conditioning, a ceiling fan, mini bar, TV/VCR, IDD telephone, hardwood floors, French doors that open onto a patio or veranda.Accented with hand crafted furniture and original artworks from the Ethnic Art Institute of Micronesia. All rooms have the same basic floor plan and differ by location.

Facility amenities: Spacious lobby, Spa, Victorian garden ,Yap's only freshwater swimming pool, poolside Cafe and bar, Fine Dining Restaurant, dive shop, local handicraftts, free High-Speed Internet, and business services Additional fees may be applied for some amenities.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All rooms have showers, no tubs.


Day Twelve: Tuesday, February 04 - Village Visit and Cultural Excursion
Note: Walking

Breakfast: Yap Pacific Dive Resort

Morning: Spend a half day at a Yapese village where you will experience traditional village life and have an opportunity to interact and exchange with the inhabitants. You will also explore the rai (stone money) banks, see WW II artifacts, and walk along a historic stone path (weather and path conditions permitting) leading to traditional Men's Houses; includes food sampling of a variety of locally made dishes for lunch

Lunch: Picnic lunch

Afternoon: Return to the hotel by 2:00 pm. Free time to pack and prepare for tonight's departure. Late afternoon, we will have a cultural event: We end our stay in Yap with a very special expression of traditional Yapese Culture, including dances, stone money transportation, crafts used in daily life, food sampling, and other activities – bring your still and video cameras and get ready to have fun!

Dinner: Farewell Dinner – Yap Pacific Dive Resort

Evening: Late evening- Check out of hotel and leave luggage outside door for porter pick up.

Lodging: Yap Pacific Dive Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type:

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Wednesday, February 05 - In Transit/Cross International Dateline/Lose One ...
Depart From: Arrive at Airport and check in for flight to Guam. Approx 1:30 am United Airlines departs for Guam; light snack on board Approx 3:30 am - Flight arrives in Guam – check in for next flight to Honolulu Approx 7:15 am Depart Guam on United Flight

Arrive To: **Cross International Dateline - subtract one day, set watches forward four hours** It is now DAY 12 AGAIN or (Tuesday, February 4, 2014) Approx 6:15 pm Arrive Honolulu- Independent departures from Honolulu

Lodging: Overnight Flight



Free Time Opportunities


Honolulu
USS Arizona MemorialAt the USS Arizona Memorial, The National Park Service is committed to preserving and interpreting the tangible and intangible historical resources and the memories, attitudes and traditions associated with the attack on Pearl Harbor. The tour includes a documentary film about the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the boat trip to the USS Arizona Memorial. 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818-3145. Pre-recorded Information: (808) 422-0561. The park is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free Admission.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/usar/pphtml/planyourvisit.html
Bishop MuseumDesignated the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Bishop Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Hawai`i and its place in the Pacific. On display is a large collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms that has grown to incorporate millions of items from throughout the Pacific Islands. 1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI. Call for Information (808) 847-3511. Open daily (except Christmas) from 9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission Price - $14.95 per person for ages 18 or older, $11.95 for ages 6-17.
For additional information, visit: www.bishopmuseum.org
Hanauma BayHanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most spectacular natural resources in Hawaii and is dedicated to safeguarding the fragile marine life in the Bay. It is one of the more popular recreational swimming, snorkeling and picnicking areas on O`ahu. The bay itself is legally designated as a State Underwater Park and is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the State. 7455 Kalaniana`ole Highway. (Enter Hanauma Bay Education Center off the main coastal road Kalanaianaole Highway Route 72 near the eastern tip of Oahu). Pre-recorded Information: (808) 396-4229. Open daily from 6:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. except on Tuesdays. Admission Price - $5.00 per person. $1.00 per car to park.
For additional information, visit: www.co.honolulu.hi.us/parks/facility/hanaumabay/welcome.htm
Colonia, Yap
Yap Art Studio & GalleryYap Art Studio & Gallery is an artists cooperative for marketing watercolor paintings, carvings and handwoven or loomed products by the Micronesian artisans. The gallery represents all of the islands of Yap State. Days of Operation: 8:30am to 4:30pm Weekdays, 10:00am to 2:00pm Saturdays, Closed Sundays. Transportation provided by the Gallery. Call 350-4180.
For additional information, visit: www.visityap.com
Hillside Hike - RullOne of the best ways to experience Yap is to hike through its tropical splendor see the lush flora, fauna and birds that inhabit our unspoiled tropical paradise along some of ancient Stone Paths. See another side of Yap and explore the ruins of WWII aircraft wreckage. Trader's Ridge Resort, Hike Cost: $25.00. When: 2:00pm. Duration: 1 1/2 hours. Entrance fees, Local guide, transportation, and water included in Cost.
For additional information, visit: www.tradersridge.com/a-hiking.php
Traditional Canoe SailingTake a ride back into history on a traditional outrigger canoe. Traders´ Ridge has one of the few available in Micronesia for visitors to first hand experience the thrill of sailing one of these great canoes. This type of ancient marine sailing is truly becoming a lost art as Yap is one of the few places left in the world with this style of sea-worthy vessel. Glean from these expert sailors the art and technique of this historical tradition as you navigate the tropical waters of Yap. Trader's Ridge Resort, Cost: $40.00 for 3 to 4 hours. Minimum: 4 persons. When: Upon request with 24 hours notice. Traditional navigator, life vest, towels and water included.
For additional information, visit: www.tradersridge.com/a-sailing.php
Koror
Ngirngemelas SquareNamed for legendary figure and Palauan warrior Ngirngemelas, known as the Great Warrior, The Liberator, Defender of Peace & Liberty. Dance performances, garden, and traditional kabekl (war canoe), are featured at this Ngiwal waterfront location. P.O. Box 10288, Koror 96940. Telephone: (680) 488-3253/4 or 679-2967. Contact: Ngiwal State Office.
For additional information, visit: www.visit-palau.com
Kayaking - Outrigger CanoeingGlide silently through the rock Islands, mangroves and marine lakes in a 28 foot canoe that is a replica of the traditional Palauan war canoes. Explore the labyrinth of caves, tunnels, and lakes in a kayak without disturbing the diverse wildlife around you. Fish 'n Fins, P.O. Box 142, Koror, Palau, PW 96940. Tel: (680) 488-2637. Kayak rental $25.00 per person, Canoe rental $25.00 per day. Other activity packages available.
For additional information, visit: www.fishnfins.com/Activities.html
Etpison MuseumThe Etpison Museum located in downtown Koror, features an impressive collection of various exhibits, a gift shop and a popular restaurant. Many lovingly displayed artifacts to teach you about ancient Palauan rituals and ceremonies. P.O. Box 7049, Koror 96940. Telephone: 488-6730.
For additional information, visit: www.necomarine.com

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14 Field trips
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