Palau is a beautiful island nation located in the western Pacific Ocean, comprising of more than 340 islands. The country is renowned for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, stunning coral reefs and diverse marine life. Palau is a diver’s paradise, with some of the best dive sites in the world. The country is home to an abundance of marine life along with several World War II wrecks.
Palau is also a pioneer in sustainable tourism and environmental conservation, making it an ideal destination for eco-conscious travelers. The country has established several marine conservation initiatives, including the world-renowned Jellyfish Lake and the Palau Shark Sanctuary, which aim to protect the region’s vital marine ecosystems and biodiversity.
Overall, Palau offers a truly unforgettable experience for those seeking adventure, culture and natural beauty, while also promoting sustainable tourism and conservation efforts.
What To Expect
Palau is known as one of the most thrilling dive destinations. One of the main attractions for divers is the collection of World War II shipwrecks. Divers can go back in time and admire the history of these shipwrecks. Palau is also home to over 1,000 species of fish and 500 species of coral, creating an underwater wonderland.
Palau is a great destination for diving year-round, with water temperatures ranging from 80º to 86°F. The visibility is generally excellent, with some sites offering visibility of up to 200 feet. With its incredible underwater scenery and diverse marine life, Palau is a must-visit destination for any scuba diving enthusiast.
You might see:
- Whale sharks
- Eagle rays
- Sea turtles
- Reef sharks
- Hammerhead sharks
- Manta rays
Recommended Specialty Courses
- Shark ecology
- Photo & video
Palau is one of the leading countries when it comes to conservation. In 2009, it was the very first country to create and implement a shark sanctuary. This shark sanctuary forbids all commercial shark fishing within Palau’s waters. The sanctuary protects about 600,000 square kilometers of ocean, which is roughly the size of France! Palau is home to 135 endangered or vulnerable shark and ray species and conservation is at the forefront of this nation. Read more about the shark sanctuary here.
Another major way Palau helps with conservation is through the Palau Pledge. The Palau Pledge is a special passport stamp that everyone receives and must sign to be let into the country. By signing the pledge, you agree to act in an ecologically and culturally responsible way on the islands, for the sake of Palau’s children and future generations of Palauans.
Palauan culture has been shaped by centuries of trade and contact with neighboring islands and cultures. A signature of culture in Palau is a bai, which is a traditional meeting house that serves as a community center for social and cultural events. The bai is decorated with intricate carvings and paintings that depict mythology and legends. Along with rich cultural aspects, Palau has rich marine life. Creating the first ever shark sanctuary, Palau takes pride in the marine environment and has kept the surrounding reefs pristine and abundant. Head to Palau for rich culture and abundant marine life.
Jellyfish Lake is an isolated lake filled with millions of golden, stingless jellyfish. Since the jellyfish are unable to sting, the lake has become a popular destination for tourists who can swim and snorkel among the jellyfish. Snorkel in the lake among these unique creatures for an unforgettable experience.
Blue Corner Dive Site
A trip to Palau isn’t complete without diving the infamous Blue Corner dive site. This site is home to a large reef plateau that drops off into the deep ocean. This open ocean area is home to strong currents that attract large pelagic species. Divers may see barracudas, jacks, schooling sharks, whale sharks, eagle rays and bull sharks.
Ulong Channel Dive Site
For an exhilarating drift dive, dive the Ulong Channel. The Ulong Channel is known for strong currents, vibrant corals and a variety of marine life. Divers will have the chance to see thousands of snappers and triggerfish spawning. Along with the large spawning event, divers may be able to see stingrays, gray reef sharks and barracuda.
What prior travelers say
“If anyone is into diving or thinking about getting into diving, Diventures is the absolute best! They make learning and travel so enjoyable! Can’t wait for my next trip with Diventures!”
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommen purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
There are no adapters required. If you’re visiting from the States, you won’t need to worry about an adapter for your cell phone or computer. The standard voltage is 120 V.
The official currency used in Palau is the United States Dollar (USD).
Air temperature usually varies between 77º – 87ºF. Water temperature is around 82º – 86ºF.
Passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.
The official languages of Palau are Palauan and English.
Dressing casually is the way to go in Palau. T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops are appropriate at all times with very few exceptions.
In general, the water may be safe to drink in Palau.
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