Palau Islands sits in the westernmost side of a region called the West Caroline Islands, which is part of a larger region called Micronesia. Locked in by the vast Pacific Ocean, Palau is a rare oasis, a self-contained, isolated archipelago thriving with biodiversity and abundance.
PALAU ISLANDS, MICRONESIA
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Palau’s scenery ranges from soft, white sand beaches, tropical rainforest, jungle trails, to spectacular waterfalls and hidden lakes. There are a multitude of activities to get involved in, from scuba diving, snorkelling, cruising, kayaking, bird-watching and hiking to name a few.
Palau Islands presents magical blue holes, captivating wartime wrecks, pristine coral reefs, mysterious caves and tunnels, more than 60 vertical drop-offs to explore, and an astounding assortment of coral, fish and rare sea creatures underwater.
Although Palau is considered an advanced dive destination due to frequent currents and depths, our experienced dive professionals are committed to ensuring guests’ safety throughout every breathtaking moment underwater.
Palau Islands enjoys a pleasantly warm climate throughout the year. The average relative humidity is approximately 82%. Although rain falls are more frequent between July and October, there is still plenty of sunshine to bask in, making sucuba diving possible all year round.
Best Dive Sites in Palau
This is perhaps the most famous dive site in Palau with steep walls and an abundance of fish life. Expect to see fascinating underwater landscapes, experience full throttle currents, and plenty of pelagic action. Snappers, jacks, and triggerfish schools roam around at this V-shaped plateau pointing out into the Philippine Sea. Currents at this dive site are mostly strong and it is very common to spot oceanic predators like sailfish, hammerheads, dolphins, whales, and reef sharks.
A nice and easy dive site, several holes less than 16 feet/5 meters from the surface mark the entry point into the cavern which drops to 120 feet/35 meters. The walls of the cavern are filled with sponges, crustaceans, black corals and reef fish. Inside the Blue Hole, divers exiting by the “window” can do a drift dive and find their way to the Blue Corner. It is always important to watch your depth and bottom time inside the cavern.
During the German occupation of Palau Islands, German miners dredged a channel that connected the inner lagoon with the open ocean to transport phosphate. The currents going through the channel help get nutrients in, and get waste out, inviting manta rays and large pelagics in from the open ocean. The German channel has plenty to offer, mantas rays, reef sharks, whale sharks, and hammerheads are frequent the area, and the shallow reefs are home to a wide variety of macro life. The best time to dive in the German Channel is between January and March when manta rays visit the region to mate.
Peleliu Express is one of the deepest and most beautiful dive sites in Palau. This dive site is not recommended for beginners and is considered an advanced drift dive site. A large variety of marine life finds shelter in the deep canyons, crevices, and caves that cut into the wall of Peleliu Island. The vertical walls are covered with tube corals and sponges attracting colorful butterfly and angel fish, as well as green and hawksbill turtles. It is one of the best spots to interact with countless sharks and dolphins. It is important to always stay alert and pay attention to your guide when diving Peleliu Express.
This breathtaking drift dive is unique to the archipelago. The sandy bottom of the channel is decorated with numerous coral heads and coral formations. Currents here may be strong and unpredictable. You are sure to find grey reef sharks, stingrays, snappers, barracuda and other pelagics. This is also one of the region’s best places to search for macro and a prime location for spawning between April and July. Titan triggerfish dig out large grooves in the sandy bottom to lay their eggs due to their extremely territorial and protective nature when nesting on this site.
This site was once an open-air cave but now a chain of cave system made up of five separate, connecting chambers with air pockets. Its dramatic stalactites and stalagmites formed, resembling glittering chandeliers. The halo-cline inside the cave is created by the meeting of salt and fresh water. If you are hoping to spot soldier fish and cardinal fish inside the cave, or small shrimp and crabs that cling to the sponges found along the walls, visiting the site just before sundown would do the trick. This site may not be favorable for divers who may be claustrophobic and/or have concerns about diving in darkness.
This deep underwater cavern offers divers an awesome experience as they dive through a large naturally-lit tunnel. Black corals, cup corals, soft corals, reef fish and invertebrates in the walls and ceilings of the tunnel await. There are also white tip reef sharks and stingrays resting on the sandy bottom in the cavern. Currents can get very strong here and the use of reef hook and safety marker buoy is mandatory.
The vertical reef wall, with plenty of small caves, arches, ledges and reef sharks roaming around, is great for an introductory dive. On the top reef is a mini blue hole that forms a large cavern. The reef extends out to a plateau from and around Ngercheu Island. Currents can be strong at the corner. Different species of nudibranchs, schools of jacks, striped and black snappers, goatfish, pyramid butterfly fish, hawk fish, titan triggerfish, and a variety of angelfish and yellowtail fusiliers patrol the reef. Divers should be cautious when surfacing due to heavy boat traffic on this site.