At 52m in length, Solitude One is a huge and spacious steel-hulled liveaboard which cuts an imposing figure moving around the islands of Palau. Up to 22 divers can be easily accommodated in 10 cabins on cruises of 6 or 9 nights.
The huge dimensions of this Palau liveaboard mean that you will never feel cramped and everything has a bright and roomy air. The cabins and ensuite bathrooms are larger than most liveaboards and the saloon, outdoor shaded areas and sun deck also enjoy an impressive amount of space. If you want to be sociable you can but equally if you want to find a quiet spot for a bit of ... er ... solitude, then that is always possible too.
Solitude One has a number of excellent features that very few other liveaboards can boast. The cabins all have a flat screen TV with USB media support (so you can enjoy your own entertainment) and a networked system so you can access the library of movies and TV shows. The electrical sockets are universal and have USB charging ports. Taller guests, for whom liveaboard boats can sometimes be (quite literally) a headache, literally, will appreciate the added headroom throughout and the extra long mattresses. Features that photographers will love include 2 camera rinse tanks, air gun and special towels for cameras, plus of course the digital studio with computer stations and power surge protection.
Diving is conducted from 2 tenders which come equipped with medical oxygen, first aid, GPS navigation and VHF radios. Equipment rental includes a dive computer and lost diver device. All of this adds to the sense that you are in good hands with the crew of Solitude One.
Dive experience: On all of the Solitude One Palau liveabord cruises, a minimum of advanced certification and experience of diving in currents is highly recommended.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, land tours (Rock Island and Jellyfish Lake), airport transfer to and from the boat, dives, experienced English-speaking divemaster, safety sausage and reef hook, Nautilus Lifeline, tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental including computer - US$ 200 per week, Koror state permit (valid for 10 days) US$ 100, Peleliu permit (valid for 15 days) US$ 30, Jellyfish Lake permit (valid for 10 days) US$ 50. There will be fuel surcharge of US$ per night 30 imposed 30+ days in advance (advised on booking or charter) if the International crude barrel oil price is equal to US$ 75 or more. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox (EAN 30%) fills for enriched air divers - USD 158, torch, 15 litre tank (US$ 8 per day), dive insurance, hotel transfers. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: You board the boat on the evening of departure and dinner is served on the first evening. Embarkation and airport or hotel pick up transfers will begin from 18:00 hrs. If you arrive after midnight you will still be picked up and transferred to the boat. The boat departs the harbour at 10:00 hrs the following day.
After a late lunch on the final day you will disembark at around 15:00 hrs and be transferred to the airport. The last dive of the cruise will be at around 11:00 hrs on the second last day. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more information see our Palau travel information section.
Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 80% of the normal published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 10 guests and 2 extra persons can join the cruise in a Stateroom cabin free of charge (total 12 guests or more). Pay for 18 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Stateroom cabin free of charge (total 20 guests or more). Pay for 19 guests and 3 additional persons can join the cruise in Stateroom cabins persons free of charge (total 22 guests).
There are 10 cabins on board. 3 Stateroom cabins (2 on the main deck - 1 with double bed and 1 with twin beds, and 1 double bed cabin on the lower deck), 6 Deluxe double/twin bed cabins on the lower deck and 1 Standard 4-share cabin on the lower deck. All cabins have private en-suite bathrooms with hot water shower and many of them have a day bed which may be converted to an extra bed.
All the cabins have:
Day bed (most cabins)
TV with personal and networked entertainment capabilities
Windows (main deck cabins), portholes (lower deck cabins)
Bathroom with toilet, hot water shower and hand basin