Sail tropical islands in the western Pacific Ocean on our scientific exploration of the newly created Palau National Marine Reserve. This unique new expedition in partnership with Conservation International concentrates on the wildlife and science of a world-renowned group of protected islands. Sail aboard the comfortable Ocean Hunter III for twelve days through these very remote tropical islands that lie in the western Pacific Ocean. Explore Palau National Marine Sanctuary with marine experts and visit the pristine Helen Reef Atoll. Snorkel and dive in the World Heritage Rock Islands Southern Lagoon where tropical forested karst islands meet coral caves and jellyfish lakes. Explore some of the most diverse reefs on the planet, and learn first-hand from scientific researchers aboard about the biology of Palau’s whales, fish, and reefs. You will also experience the unique culture of the people from these rarely visited South West Islands.