Why DIVE PALAU?

Palau is famous for its pristine reefs, biodiversity,
caverns, caves, drop offs, varieties of sharks,
huge schools of fish, and exhilarating drift dives!

Palau’s major diving attractions are in close proximity to one another
  • There are over 50 named dive sites to DIVE
  • Over 50 wrecks to EXPLORE
  • Year-round 28 degrees celsius (82 degrees fahrenheit) with visibility up to 100 meters
  • 400 identified species of reef-building hard corals and about 150 species of soft corals, gorgonians, and sea pens
  • Rich in fish fauna with at least 1,450 species
Where divers can have it all, Palau is and will be a destination for those who want to experience the wild side of nature, one of the most amazing adventures you will find underwater today. The archipelago’s oceanic realm is home to about 400 reef-building hard corals and 150 species of soft corals, gorgonians and sea pens. Reef fishes in Palau are also far more diverse than those in neighboring Micronesian islands – at least 1450 species. Favorites of divers, the napoleon wrasse and bumphead parrot fish are protected species here. For shark fans, these regal creatures thrive in the waters that were named the World’s First Shark Sanctuary in 2009.
See-through waters bequeath underwater visibility beyond anyone’s imagination. So much so that from the shoreline, a boat fifty meters beyond creates the magical illusion that it floats merely on air, with its conspicuous shadow cast on a translucent seabed a few feet beneath. Visibility is good year-round, but can be affected by tide, wind, and weather. A prism of colorful coral reefs and virtually limitless variety of sea life set the stage in this tropical paradise. Palau’s experienced dive guides know what to find and where, introducing you to world-class diving.
World War II relics randomly dot the underwater seascape with an almost perfect sense of dispersion; displaying haunting wrecks of World War II Japanese seaplanes and shipwrecks that render the islands a dream for wreck diving aficionados. There is an uncanny distribution to the intervals and space between their whereabouts and the effect that they effortlessly blend in with the underwater environment while at the same time embellishing what are already exceedingly attractive natural diving venues. The irrepressible synergy between all the wonderful elements found in Palau’s diving sites gives way to the many of the finest diving venues. And they in turn do nothing better than invite diving enthusiasts of the world to visit and dive in our unsurpassed immaculately preserved waters.
And this is all not to mention the incredible Rock Islands, probably the most is said to leave scuba divers speechless upon their return to the surface.

The Belau National Hospital has an operational two-chambered Hyperbaric Chamber. Two chamber operators and one doctor are available 24/7 for diving emergencies.
For more information, contact:
Palau Ministry of Health
P.O. Box 6027, Koror, Palau 96940
Tel: +680 488-2552/2553 / Fax: +680 488-1211
Email: [email protected]

BLUE CORNER 15m-40m

Many seasoned divers call it one of the best dives on the planet. Tides and rapidly changing currents bring in vast amount of marine life from sharks, turtles, schools of fish, napoleon wrasse, and stunning corals in every color, shape, and size

GERMAN CHANNEL 6m-30m

German Channel (Mesikm) takes its name from a man-made channel, dredged in 1908 by Germans to ease boat passage. It has been recognized as one of the world's best dive sites, primarily known for its manta rays, schooling of sharks, and an abundance of fish.

ULONG CHANNEL 5m-20m

One of the best drift dives in the world; the dive begins at the mouth of the channel where divers hook on to the reef to view hunting sharks, jacks, barracudas, and groupers up close!

PALAU’S TOP DIVE SITES

BLUE CORNER 15m-40m

Many seasoned divers call it one of the best dives on the planet. Tides and rapidly changing currents bring in vast amount of marine life from sharks, turtles, schools of fish, napoleon wrasse, and stunning corals in every color, shape, and size

GERMAN CHANNEL 6m-30m

German Channel (Mesikm) takes its name from a man-made channel, dredged in 1908 by Germans to ease boat passage. It has been recognized as one of the world's best dive sites, primarily known for its manta rays, schooling of sharks, and an abundance of fish.

ULONG CHANNEL 5m-20m

One of the best drift dives in the world; the dive begins at the mouth of the channel where divers hook on to the reef to view hunting sharks, jacks, barracudas, and groupers up close!
TESTIMONIALS

See What People Say

There are much more dive sites waiting for you to explore.

"We have done thousands of dives all around the world in some of the most pristine areas, but in few places we have seenwhat we have seen here."

Dr. Enric Sala

Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic

Snorkeling

In Palau, see-through waters bequeath underwater visibility beyond anyone’s imagination. A prism of colorful coral reefs and virtually limitless variety of sea life set the stage in this tropical paradise. From beginners to more experienced snorkelers, there are over 50 existing sites, each possessing distinct characteristics and individual personalities to appeal to everyone’s desires. Snorkeling is year-round in Palau and during the busiest season from January to April, spectacular sights such as migratory whale sharks passing by, sharks or mantas mating, and large schools of fish spawning can be seen.

Attractions most can only dream of also include the daring and the unusual – like Jellyfish Lake, where two types of jellyfish can be found, namely the golden jellyfish known as Mastigias and the moon jellyfish known as Aurelia. This intriguing lake departs radically from convention for it is an enclosed body of water wherein, over the course of millennia, resident jellyfish have completely lost their sting because they have not had to fight off predators, allowing interested adventure seekers a rare opportunity to swim amongst these truly unique water creatures. Or take a white sediment mud bath in Milky Way, which is the most fun you can have as a simple, outdoor spa.

While the best locations for snorkeling in Palau are accessible by boat, closer to Koror, a visit to Dolphins Pacific, the world’s largest Dolphin Research Facility and a Non-Profit Corporation, is where one can interact with a dolphin while supervised by the dolphin trainer. For those who do not wish to get their feet wet, the Palau International Coral Reef Center, featuring the Palau Aquarium, is the most ideal place to see the best of underwater Palau. This marine research center showcases outdoor pools and indoor aquariums teeming with marine life from mangrove forest to outer reef.
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