Palau, is one of the greatest diving destinations in the world. Palau can be found far to the southwest of Micronesia. Palau consist of an archipelago of 343 islands, spread north to south over 100 miles which form the atoll of Kayangel to the island of Angaur plus five tiny islands, known as the southwest islands. Palau’s huge variety of unspoiled reefs offer a wealth of marine life, coral formations and wrecks. Dives begin in knee deep water and plunge straight down to depths of 1000 feet and more. Blue holes, huge cavers and an immense variety of rare and exotic marine species are easily accessible in clear water with visibility exceeding 200 feet. Vast number, not found anywhere else in the world, of large pelagic predators, sharks, turtles, dolphins and many species of migratory fish gather here at a unique crossroads of three of the world’s major ocean currents. Palau features land locked marine lakes, accessible from the sea through tunnels beneath the islands steep shorelines, are home to rare jelly fish, anemones and soft corals.
Palau’s famed Rock Islands are a collection of rounded, foliage-covered isles which seem to float above the surface of the water. A boat trip through them will reveal a number of magnificent white sand beach hideaways perfect for a secluded picnic or adventurous overnight stay. Below the water’s surface, divers and snorkelers are treated to a diverse technicolor paradise of fabulous drop-offs, blue holes, breathtaking reefs, crystal caves and World War II wrecks.
Another great dive destination is Palau’s most popular dive site, Blue Corner, which is recognized as one of the best in the world due to its concentration of marine life, whilst Jacques Cousteau considered Ngemelis Wall, commonly known as Big Drop-off, to be one of the best dive walls in the world. Just a few minutes away, German Channel is known for its regular sightings of manta rays, which come in and hover over rock outcroppings inhabited by tiny cleaner wrasses.
Throughout Micronesia divers can encounter an abundance of marine life in just about every imaginable color and shape. The seas are inhabited by hundreds of types of hard and soft corals, anemones, colorful sponges, countless varieties of shellfish, manta rays and pelagics.
Divers worldwide are drawn to the Palaus terrific drop-off, the beauty of the Rock Islands, the underwater wreck museum of Chuuk, and to Yap, the home of the giant manta rays. It is common to see 30-50 grey reed and whitetip sharks, eagle rays, hundreds of schooling barracuda, thousands of blue trigger fish, moray eels, lion fish, schooling humphead parrotfish, nudibranchs, several turtles and a leaf fish all on one dive.
Among Palau’s diving sites are:
- The Turtle Cove
Be amazed with blue abyss decorated with coral and vast schools of multicolored fish. You could spend hours of cruising along the corals which stretches as far as you want to swim. Just be wary of some sharks but generally, they are harmless
- Ngemelis Wall
Located couple of miles north of Turtle Cove, the wall boasts its 1,000-foot drop of from knee-deep water. Snorkelers can only sample the top wall due to its depth. Scuba divers consider this as the best wall dive in the world.
- Blue corner
Float on the currents watching sea turtles, sharks, and massive manta rays cruising along the ocean floor. This intersection of two steep walls, about 40 feet deep, is a bliss for many divers
- Giant Clam Beach
True to its name, this shallow cove is the home for several dozen giant clams up to four feet across and weighing up to 500 pounds. You can watch the clams open and close in abrupt, bouncy motion.
- Jellyfish Lake
This isolated ecosystem has evolved a unique species of jellyfish that has lost its ability to sting. You can swim, in gentle motion, among thousands of drifting creatures. It is a dreamlike experience.
- Garemediu Reef
Upright and still intact, Japanese Zero fighter plane rests on the bottom of this six-foot deep reef. You can inspect and see for yourself the remnants of this World War II plane.
The marine life in Palau is out of this world. Many experts say that Palau is a natural sea life wonder of the world with so many species of fish that have gained importance as they also from an important part of the discoveries made by experts. Deep sea divers explore the depth of Palau looking for newer species and also finding out more about the already discovered species. The diverse species of fish will fascinate you totally.