PALAU ISLANDS

STARTING AT USD 3,150

Diving in Palau is a unique experience. It is one of the few place in the world where human development coexists in harmony with nature. Palau shelters 400 species of hard corals and 100 of soft coral and gorgonians. It is the habitat of more than 1450 species of fish, and also 7 species of giant clams. The rock island Southern lagoon is famous for its beautiful scenery and unique marine life, including over 400 uninhabited limestone islands that rise from the sea, forming this exclusive environment. Including Marine lakes, mushroom shaped rocks and white sandy beaches, all together create a photogenic seascape.

Being in a remote area brings the benefit to have pelagic encounters, like sharks, mantas, dolphins and sometimes whales. Palau offers a wide variety of types of dives, plateaus, drop off, caverns, coral gardens, channels, plus wreck diving, shipwrecks of World War II. With a large number of dive sites, it is suitable for all levels of divers. It is the only place in the world where you can witness some special events following the moon cycles. The mass spawning events. Be delighted by authentic and very well preserved coral reef plunging from the surface to deep waters.

Cruise Highlights

Worldwide top diving destination: dive this unique environment, well healthy corals with a combination of pelagic life, photographic caverns, pristine coral gardens. 

Jellyfish lake: after a short trekking (15 minutes) on the rock island, you will reach the world famous marine lake with its amazing concentration of jellyfish. 

White sand beach: Beautiful sandy beach surrounded by heavy and diverse vegetation, main habitat of thousand of birds

Kayaking or paddling Unforgettable experience on pristine and clear water around the rocky islands. Hear the sounds of birds, frogs and other animals, especially at sunset time.

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Diving areas

Weather, sea conditions and length of trip may affect the itinerary and dive sites selection.

During the Rock Island and southern lagon itinerary, we will visit two main areas of Rock Island complex.

ULONG AREA

Ulong area shelters the famous dive sites of Ulong channel such as siaes corner and shark city.  Between dives You can visit Ulong Island with its white sandy beach and its archaeological sites. A few hours sailing south east, we arrived at the German Channel. This channel is the border of Ngemelis coral system, which is part of Koror Rock Island Complex.

PELELIU STATE

Peleliu state (including Ngedebus and Carp Island) is on the other side of the channel. This area offers the opportunity to dive the well known Blue Corner and Blue Hole. German Channel is a must to dive as there are always chances to have an encounter with some mantas. This place also includes the beautiful coral garden of Ngesebus, Turtle cove with their stunning walls. For experienced divers, and if the weather allows, we can visit Peleliu, and have the experience to dive at its amazing southern dive sites. 

German Channel

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. Due to its remoteness, a diving liveaboard in Palau is the best option to explore this place.

Peleliu Express

Peleliu Express is one of the deepest and most beautiful dive sites in Palau. This dive site is 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. The vertical walls are covered with corals and sponges attracting colorful butterfly and angel fish, as well as some turtles. It is one of the best spots to interact with countless sharks and dolphins. This place is only accessible from your diving liveaboard from Palau.

Ulong Channel

This breathtaking drift dive is unique to the archipelago. Numerous coral heads and coral formations decorate the sandy bottom of this channel. 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.

Chandelier Cave

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. Salt and freshwater created a halocline inside the cave. Visiting the site just before sunset might be the opportunity to spot some cardinal fish or crabs on sponges. This site may not be favorable for divers who may be claustrophobic.

Siaes Tunnel

This deep underwater cavern offers divers an awesome experience as they dive through a large naturally-lit tunnel. Divers can see black corals, soft corals and invertebrates on the walls and ceilings of the tunnel . There are also white tip reef sharks and stingrays resting on the sandy bottom in the cavern. Currents can get strong here and the use of reef hook and safety marker buoy is mandatory.

Turtle Cove

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. Different species of nudibranchs and schooling fish patrol the reef.

Other informations

Embarkation in the afternoon and Disembarkation in the morning from Malakal : Direct flights from Manila and USA

  • 400 species of hard coral and over 300 species of soft corals offers stunning walls and beautiful coral gardens
  • 1450 fish species.
  • Reef sharks, Reef Mantas, Eagle Rays, whale sharks, hammerheads, thresher sharks or even Dugongs
  • Spawning festivals!! red snappers spawning and with new moon bumphead parrot fish spawning
  • Very scenic Caverns, caves and blue holes.
  • The unique jellyfish lake
  • One of the best selection of WWII shipwrecks in the world

Like the other parts of the world, Palau is affected by two monsoons. Based on the area, it is possible to dive all year long. 

Mantas: From November to april better chances to see groups of mantas feeding but all the year we can sight them approaching to the cleaning stations

Moorish Idols and Orange surgeonFish: February to april

Red Snappers and Bumphead parrot Fish: All year

Shipwrecks, walls and blue holes: All year

Jellyfish lake: all the year around

Water Temperature: 27 to 30 degrees Celsius

Weather: Most of the days we can enjoy the sunshine

Current: Gentle to Strong

Level: Beginners to Advanced

Experience recommended: 20 dives+

Visibility: 15 to 40 meters

Air temperature: 25 to 32 degrees Celsius

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