With its intriguing blue holes, spectacular drop-offs, caverns, caves and channels, it's no wonder Palau is consistently ranked as one of the world's most thrilling dive destinations.
With more than 1400 species of fish, 500 species of healthy coral and its large pelagic action, diving in Palau should be at the very top of anyone's list. Whale sharks, eagle rays, turtles reef sharks and the occasional hammerhead are a few examples of the astonishing spectrum of marine life this Micronesian archipelago has to offer.
One of the biggest thrills you can have as a diver is watching a manta gently swoop in from above. Within the German Channel, manta rays gather in their numbers to feed on plankton and visit the cleaning stations. Cleaner wrasse and butterflyfish get to work, much to the delight of the winged beauties and divers alike.
Palau can be dived year-round but the best time is during the dry season from October- May. Water temperature is usually warm at a range of 81-86°F (27-30°C) and a 3mm wetsuit will suffice all year.
Unusually for a destination with nutrient-rich water and current, the visibility often seems endless and can reach 50m.
Most sites are located about 45-60 minutes away by speed boat from Koror.
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Palau is an archipelago of over 500 islands, part of the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean. For diving in Palau, most divers fly to Koror from Manila, Guam, Japan, Taipei and even Korea. Once you land, you can basically get on the boat and start diving