An Introduction To Diving in Palau

Dive with schools of tropical fish, mantas and sharks between WWII wrecks and healthy corals

Diving in Palau is known for its exciting and world famous dive sites

When you plan a dive trip to Palau, you may expect to see many varieties of sharks, amazing reefs, reef fish, caverns, caves, WW II wrecks and the world famous dive site Blue Corner. And of course, Jellyfish Lake, where you can swim with millions of amazing stingless jellyfish.

Palau lies approximately 500 miles southwest of the Philippines and is made up of at least 200 islands, many of which are uninhabited.

 

The islands of Palau appeared several million years ago as the result of volcanic activity in the region creating rich environments that allowed for the formation of coral and consequently, the vast diversity of marine life what makes diving in Palau so spectacular.

 

You should visit Palau because it is a tropical paradise, low key, relaxing, ecology friendly and naturally beautiful. The beaches are clean and uncrowded. Sunsets are often observed from a pub overlooking the sea, or a walk on the beach. Tourist destinations such as Jellyfish Lake are capacity controlled, and rules are not only in place but enforced to protect the environment.

When is the best time to go diving in Palau?

You can plan a dive trip to Palau year round although many people will avoid the month of June, July, and August. Palau has, in general, two (diving) seasons a “rainy” season and a “dry” season. The rainy season is June, July, and August. During these months the trade winds shift, bringing more rain than normal.

Famous dive sites in Palau you should dive

In 2013 SCUBA diving magazine picked Blue Corner Palau as the best dive site in the world and is is undoubtedly the most requested dive site. The unpredictable currents are quite strong, so diving Blue Corner is best reserved for advanced divers only.

 

German miners created German Channel during the early part of the 20th century. Since then, coral formations have made the channel quite narrow, to the point that even liveaboards have trouble making their way to the area at times.

 

German Channel Wall is where all the great diving happens, where a sandy bottom greets you at 17 meters deep before sloping into even greater depths.

 

German Channel also serves as one of the Manta Ray cleaning stations in Palau. After the manta rays are well manicured, they often swoop above to the shallower depths above the cleaning station and open their cephalic lobes and take in all the plankton the tide brought in through the channel.

 

Ulong Channel is considered one of the best drift dives in Palau.
The entrance of the channel is filled with beautiful corals and, during the incoming tide, sharks take advantage of the feast they can enjoy from the many fish that end up in the channel with the tide.

Palau – $2900 p.p

November 2016

U/W Photography

Join us on a 7 night underwater photography dive trip to remote and pristine Palau and learn how to take better pictures of large marine like Manta rays and Sharks in strong currents.

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Marine Life Found in Palau

Three major currents meet in the waters surrounding Palau, which results in over 1500 species of fish and over 700 species of corals and sea anemones. Recently Palau became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of its biodiversity and its incredible concentration of marine life.

 

When diving in Palau, you may expect to find; blue triggerfish, moray eels, parrot fish, turtles, Napoleon Wrasse and even the elusive Mandarin fish. And of course, the millions of golden non-stinging Jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake (snorkel only)

 

For those that are looking for shark and manta ray encounters, Palau is the place to be as Palau created the first shark sanctuary in the world in 2015.

 

How to Get to Palau?

There are many large airlines that fly to Palau, making it easy to plan your trip from anywhere in the world. For example, you can get a flight with United Airlines, which will take you to Palau through Guam or Manila.

 

Guam can be reached from both the eastern and western parts of the United States, including Hawaii, as well as from Seoul, Tokyo, and Australia.

 

Manila can be reached with flights from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Bangkok, as well as from other Asian cities.

 

There are charter flights departing from Hong Kong and flying directly to Palau. There are many ways to reach Palau. Your individual needs will determine the best way for you to travel.

 

Diving in Palau is an experience that you will never forget. Sheer walls dropping down hundreds of feet are decorated with colorful and diverse sea fans and coral. Along the wall, fish of every size and color dart in and out of crevasses, while down below, sharks, turtles, and other pelagic species cruise the currents.

 

Palau offers every type of diver memorable and lasting impressions. Many divers return to this amazing paradise to savor, yet once again, the beauty and diversity of Palau’s waters, its people, and its islands.

 

Would you like to go diving in Palau? Feel free to contact us. We have an underwater photography dive trip scheduled in November 2016 and we have multiple partners who offer dive packages + accommodation and scuba lessons too.

We are standing by to answer any questions you might have about diving in Palau. We will reply within 24 hours via e-mail.

Rutger Thole

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Scheduled Underwater Photography Packages

Belize – $2300 pp

Galapagos – $4250 pp

Palau – $2900 p.p

Mozambique – $2420 p.p

We organize underwater photography dive trips and workshops for small groups hosted by a professional underwater photographer at top notch dive destinations around the world.

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