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Solitude Gaia

Solitude Gaia, a 40-meter steel-hulled merchant vessel, is the brand new Solitude diving yacht. She is now offering 7 & 10 day programs diving the best of Palau.

A word from Marcel : “Completed in the year 2023, this vessel with an impressive 40 metres in length is a testament to innovation and meticulous craftsmanship. Its classy interior, tons of space and level service by the boat crew makes this fleet one of our more luxurious options in Palau.” Marcel Wilpernig

On Board Solitude Gaia

9 Cabins in Total
Upper Deck: 3 cabins, 2x Ocean View Staterooms, 1 x Ocean View Cabin
Main Deck: 4 cabins in total: 4 x Ocean View Cabins (2 Twin and Double Sharing)
Below Deck: 2 cabins in total, 102, 101: 2 x Interior Cabins (Twin or Double Sharing)

All are en-suite & have individually controlled air conditioning & ample storage.

up to 4 dives per day all from the dive tenders
12L & 15L alu tank (15L at extra cost)
(DIN valves / adapters available)
scuba gear rental (by advance request)
nitrox available
rebreather support (on full charters only)
water temperature: 78 – 82F, 25 – 28C … 3mm wetsuit recommended

accommodation & diving
meals, snacks & non-alcoholic beverages
compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts

international & domestic airfare
alcoholic beverages
scuba rental gear (by advance request)
nitrox & rebreather support
park fees & diving permits


A New Solitude Era

This very new vessel (entering the water just only in the year 2023) with a robust steel hull, stands as a symbol of stability, ensuring your safety and peace of mind throughout your diving journey.

But that’s not all; the Solitude Gaia’s aluminium superstructure adds a unique touch, not only contributing to its stability but also lowering the centre of gravity for an even more secure and comfortable voyage.


With its soothing neutral tones, the Gaia offers on board spaces that exudes comfort and elegance, and a subtle touch of luxury. It’s a deliberate choice, designed to reinforce gratitude and appreciation for the remarkable world that lies beneath the waves.

Meals are plentiful and professionally prepared, special needs are happily accommodated given advance notice, and the bar offers an excellent supply of spirits, wines and beers.


Travel & Cruise Logistics

International flights will take you to Koror, Palau. Embarkation and airport or hotel pick‐up transfers will begin from 18:00 pm. If you are arriving after midnight on day 1, do not worry, as you will be met on your arrival at the airport by a member of the crew and will be transferred to Solitude Gaia. 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, the crew will communicate with your hotel/resort front desk to inform you of your pick‐up time. Embarkation transfers will stop at 10:00 am on Day 2 as Solitude Gaia will get underway leaving Malakal Harbour.

At the end of your trip, after a full breakfast on the final day, you have optional complimentary tours (you will only need to pay for the entry permit fees) of Jellyfish Lake & Milky Way. After the tour, you will return to Solitude Gaia and prepare for check out before a late lunch. Disembarkation will be by 17:00 pm (dinner is not included on this day).


Layout & Specs

Deck & cabin layout, the yacht specifications, equipment & safety features



Two aluminium skiffs measuring 6m each, equipped with single 100HP outboard engines
Support Skiff equipped with single 100HP outboard engines
Air Compressors 3x Bauer
Dive Guides ratio 1 to 6 divers
Private guide service is available for USD150 per diving day (pdd).
Dive Equipment Rental
Surface Marker Buoy (SMB), Lead Weights & Belt are complimentary
Enriched Air Nitrox Diving EANx 28 to 32%
DIN sizes (York Adaptors available)
Twin tanks are not available, side-mount friendly
Rebreather Support on only on full charters with rebreather divers
Medical Oxygen and Comprehensive First Aid Kits are available


Navigation equipped with local navigation maps, GPS chart plotter, radar (long/short range), weather plotter, and depth sounder.

Communication System VHF/SB radios, VSAT satellite phone & internet
Ship Safety System GMDSS with EPIRB, AIS, life rafts, emergency survival packs, and a semi-

automated fire suppression sprinkler system.

Fresh Water Capacity 63,086L (storage) with 3 onboard water-makers each capable of producing 280L of fresh water per hour.


Solitude Gaia spends the whole year  in Palau, where she offers the classic best of Palau trips plus some exciting exploratory trips in Northern Palau, which is completely new! Trips are 7 or 10 days ….  

The final itinerary is, of course, always dependent upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year


Best of Palau itineraries: Aboard Solitude Gaia, you’ll dive as many of Palau’s beloved sites as time allows.  Of course, everyone want to dive Ngemelis Drop Off, which was considered by Jacques Cousteau to be the finest he’d ever experienced.  This wall, which is “crawling” with sponges, whip corals, sea fans, anemones and other soft coral species crashes 300 meters virtually straight down. The fish attracted to this behemoth wall tend to be as colorful and dramatic as the wall itself.  Then, all around the famous Rock Islands you’ll find coral gardens galore and additional drop-offs … plus caves, swim-throughs, blue holes, marine lakes and even wartime wrecks make thrilling entries in your dive log.

On the barrier reef that circles the area, you’ll find wall dives and drift dives and more photo opportunities than you can count.  The currents here can be swift and sweeping, but they bring the excitement of big schools of fish and pelagics, including tons of jacks, turtles, sharks, manta rays.  You’ll also dive Big Drop Off & the Blue Holes (4 holes which merge into one huge cavern) where you find a plethora of pelagic fish species plus plenty of sharks. Plus there’s Blue Corner (more swirling pelagics) and German Channel with its exhilarating drift dives, walls, corals & abundant fish. And most itineraries include exploring at least one WWII wrecks

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