Palau's Blue Hole by Simone Nicolini © Simone Nicolini

Palau Last of the Pristine Diving Paradises on Earth

As the westernmost cluster of the six major island groups that make up the Caroline Islands, Palau lies 1.000km (600 miles) east of the Philippines. The archipelago stretches over 650km (400 miles) from the atoll of Kayangel to the islet of Tobi. The Palau islands include more than 200 islands, of which only eight are inhabited.

With three exceptions, all of the islands are located within a single barrier reef and represent two geological formations.  The largest are volcanic and rugged with interior jungle and large areas of grassed terraces.  The Rock Islands, now known as the Floating Garden Islands, are of limestone formation.

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Palau offers an endless variety of dive sites from caves to walls and major drop offs, to tunnels, channels and shallow reefs, where you can enjoy great visibility and an almost limitless variety of marine life.  We even have a lake chock-full of pulsating jellyfish (no, they don't sting), where you can snorkel, and an underwater cave to explore. No matter your level of diving ability, there's a dive for you in Palau - fast drift dives, easy shallow dives, it's all here in Palau-.

Palau Liveaboard

Due to the remoteness and vastness of the territory for visiting all the dives sites of this archipelago country is advisable do it by liveaboard. Land-based day trip diving could be an option in Palau, but it involves long and time-consuming daily boat rides to the sites.

Here you can find a review about the Palau's Liveavoards: Palau Siren by Siren FleetPalau Aggressor by Liveaboard Fleet and Palau Dancer by Liveaboard Fleet.

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Trip Highlights

The coral reefs provide home to more than 1.500 species of fish and 700 species of corals and sea anemones. Below the surface, divers & snorkelers are treated to a paradise of fabulous walls, blue holes, breathtaking reefs, crystal caves and WWII wrecks.

Vast numbers of pelagic predators, sharks, turtles, dolphins and many species of migratory fish gather here at this unique crossroads where three of the World's major currents converge.

Palau's most popular dive site, Blue Corner, 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.

Meanwhile, the famed "Rock Islands", one of the most beautiful islands settings in the Pacific Ocean -if not the world, are a collection of rounded, foliage covered isles that appear to float above the water surface. A boat trip through them reveals a number of magnificent white sand beach hideaways, perfect for a secluded picnic, or to spend some beach time.

The seas around the Rock Islands are dotted with sunken remains of more than 75 World War II military ships, Japanese seaplanes and Zeros. Located primarily in the lagoons around the Rock Islands, these relics have developed their own thriving ecosystem featuring fish, corals and other invertebrates not commonly seen along the outer reef systems.

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