Scuba Diving in Palau

The Republic of Palau is an island state in the Pacific Ocean, that is part of Micronesia. It can be found among the waters of the Philippine Sea. Palau has 328 islands and you can dive here all year round.
Thanks to its diverse underwater world and the clean beaches, divers from all over the world are attracted to the archipelago. In addition to the usual dives, here, you can go on a diving safari.
Channels and caves at the bottom of the sea will not fail to impress anyone, because they not only provide an exciting diving experience, but also an opportunity to meet the bright creatures living int the depths of the sea.
The Palau is considered to be the business cards of the Rock Islands, which are connected by coral isthmuses under the water. Just hearing these places descriibed makes you want to plunge into the world of exotic underwater landscapes!

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One of the must-see places is the Ulong Channel. This is a strait located in the western part of Palau. The entrance to the channel is enclosed by walls, which have amazing corals on top of them. Whitetip reef sharks swim here during high tide. The maximum depth is 20 m. This is the only place where you can see thickets of table coral, with catalufa and squirrelfish hiding among them.
Fish, corals and sea sponges live in the coastal areas. Sharks take first place among the underwater fauna. You will find whale sharks and hammerhead sharks in Palau, and gray and whitetip reef sharks chase fish in the lagoon. Shark diving is the main reason many divers to visit the archipelago. Lutjanus, barracudas, triggerfish, butterflyfish, stingrays, turtles and sea snakes can also be found in the waters of Palu.
The Blue Holes dive site is four vertical wells which are each 10 m in diameter. They are located in a coral reef and connected in one space of 30 m deep, with an exit from it in the form of an arch. This place is considered to be special in Palau. Soft and hard corals, pelagic fishes, giant groupers, sea fans and other creatures of the sea depths settled here.
Although many tourists do not consider Palau to be a wreck diving center, there’s plenty to see. For example, “The Lost Armada of Rock Island” became a pretext for annual expeditions immersing themselves over 15 ships. The event is led by Dan Bailey and John Bennet. Everyone who is qualified can participate. Experienced operators and photographers is welcomed under the water.
Palau's calling card is an island lagoon. Because of the different depth levels, beginners and experienced divers can dive into it. In shallow water, the depth is 10–15 m, and in the channels it can reach over 50 m. Because of this, there are many interesting dive sites, including the remains of sunken ships lying on the sea bed. Daily diving is also very popular.

Diving Destinations in Palau

Scientists call Palau the coral capital, and for good reason — it contains the largest number of varieties of soft and hard corals.
The wrecks of ships, which sunk during the World War II, attract divers. A Japanese army base was located on Palau.
You cannot miss the underwater caves. Rick Island and reefs are made out of limestone, which eventually formed tunnels and holes in interesting shapes. Jellyfish Lake has over 10 million of these creatures, all native species which are not poisonous.

Memo Notes
Currency USD - United States dollar
Languages Palauan, English
Timezone UTC +9
Phone code 680
Emergency Help 911
Electricity

Type A - 120 V, 60 Hz

Type B - 120 V, 60 Hz

Dive Shops in Palau

Fish ‘n Fins and Palau Dive Adventures are the most famous dive shops in Palau. They provide a wide range of equipment and other products related to diving, as well as souvenirs. Here a diver can book both themed dives and the opportunity to stay in a hotel.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

In Spring, the air temperature in Palau reaches 31 С. It is still humid (76%), but it is already raining less (10 days a month). The wind almost subsides almost completely — 5-7 m / s. The sea is calm, and the water temperature is +28... + 30 ˚С.

Summer

In Summer, the average daily temperature in Palau is 32 ˚С. It rains 15 days a month. Humidity is 76%. The water temperature in the Philippine Sea is 29 ˚C. In July, it is often calm.

Autumn

In September, it rains for a maximum of 16 days per month. In October-November, it rains a little less. Air temperature is +28... + 32 ˚С, water in the sea is +29 ˚С.

Winter

In Winter, Palau is windy and rainy. The air temperature during the day is +31... + 32 ˚С, and at night — +28 ˚С. The water in the Philippine Sea warms up to +28... + 29 ˚С. Also winter is characterized by high humidity. It rains up to 14 days a month.

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The Best Dive Sites

Nearly all Palau dive sites can be accessed in daily diving mode if there is a boat. The biggest of them is the Blue Corner. It is located on the outer reef and it is a coral beach, which juts out into the ocean. Its plumb lines break into the depths on both sides. Gray sharks, which continuously swimming around the wall are the main entertainment.

Health & Safety

Medical care in Palau is very high quality but also very expensive. Because of this you should get international standard medical insurance before the trip. There are not many hospitals on the island — two private and one public, but the ambulances arrive quickly. You do not need a vaccination to cross the border, but we recommend vaccinating yourself against tropical fever and hepatitis B. The whole island is under strict police control, so the crime rate is extremely low, especially for tourists.

Dangerous Marine Life

In the waters surrounding the island of Palau, there are many dangerous creatures. Many of the fish at the bottom have very poisonous spines. Sea snakes and urchins are to be feared. Reef sharks swim up close to people, but are rarely aggressive, so it’s best not to provoke them. Do not step on prickly coral debris.

Eat & Drinks

Palau is distinguished not only by the island and its underwater natural resources. Local cuisine will delight guests with how original it is. It is based around seafood and fish, poultry meat, yams, tapioca and coconut milk. Palau cuisine combines Japanese, Malaysian, Filipino and Micronesian recipes.
Fish or chicken is steamed, baked in leaves, stewed, fried and smoked. Juicy lamb and local cheese are also served. You normally eat tropical fruit for dessert. Be sure to try exotic alcohol made out of coconut milk. Since tap water here may be unsafe to drink, it is advised to consume only bottled water.