Welcome to Palau, one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World, where you can scuba dive or free dive with all the rare and exotic marine life. Palau is home to over 700 species of coral and over 1300 different species of fish. Palau has over 100 dive sites ready to be explored.
Palau is famous for beautiful reefs, spectacular colorful walls where your mask will become a kaleidoscope of color fashioned by fish and corals. Exciting drift diving as you cruise through German and ULong Chanels. Dive the famous Blue Corner, Blue holes, Short Drop, Big Drop, Siaes Cornor, and Peleliu just to name a few of there great dive sites.
Palau is an archipelago of more than 500 islands, part
of the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean. The climate averages 81 degrees year around with the dry season being January - May and the wet season July - September. Water temp ranges from 80 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
Blue Corner is on of the most action-packed sites in the world and promises up to 13 different species of sharks circling just beyond the plummeting reef wall. At 55 feet divers hook-in to view te show bustling around them. Napoleon wrasse cruise by in the swift currents for a friendly visit. The currents can change in any given moment, and they can move in any direction (up, down, sideways). Blue Corner Palau is considered a drift dive. When the currents are right it's game on at Blue Corner.
Ulong Channel is on the west coast of Palau, close to Siaes Tunnel and is regarded by many as being one of the best drift dives in the world. The best time to make the dive is on the incoming tide. The entrance is covered with coral gardens and the channel itself stretches some 500m - at and average width of 33m - to the lagoon. There is a sandy bottom at the entrance where shark congregate to feed on the fish that are swept inside. The number of them here quite often rival those at Blue Corner.
The bottom varies in depth from between 10-15m and is clear of coral, but the sides are covered with soft coral and seafans. There is a vast array of what I call Cabbage Coral that houses squirrelfish, galsseys and soldierfish. I absolutely love this dive!
Siaes Tunnel even though the name suggests it's a tunnel, this site is more like a wide cavern with three openings. The biggest starts around 95' and descends very quickly to well past recreational limits,, so it's very important to stick with your guide and monitor your depth. Watch below for schools of Jack, sometimes being hunted by Giant and Blue Fin Trevally. It's worht bringing a flashlight to look at the roof and walls of this beautiful camern but once inside you will soon notice the second opening on your left, framed with beautiful fan corals taking advantage of current moving in and out of the cavern. Continuing into the cavern and the floor rises up to around 100'. Look closely to find beautifully marked Shrimp Gobi's and DArt Fish. The third opening is bigger and slightly more shallow than the second but is similarly framed with picturesque Fan Corals. It's not uncommon for Grey Reef Sharks to be found outside any of the entrances. On exiting the tunnel, the dive usually continues much shallower in order to save on No Deco Time, along a gorgeous and expansive reef wall covered in hard and soft corals and many, many kinds of tropical fish.
Once in your life you owe yourself this trip of a lifetime. We have a trip going to Palau in March 2017.
to check it out.