Palau, located in the Pacific Ocean 500 miles east of the Philippines, is a top spot for divers. Whether you’re very experienced or are a novice looking for new dive resorts and scuba diving experiences, the island offers an absolutely stunning underwater world to explore. With visibility between 50 and 60 meters throughout the year, and sublime water temperatures ranging from 21°C and 32°C at the surface, the region is a joy to discover.
Palau offers the chance to explore marine life like never before, so you’ll need to ensure that you enjoy dive holidays at the correct time of year. Whilst the area offers some of the most uniform temperatures and visibility over the seasons, a summer monsoon period means that depths can become slightly cloudy between the months of July and October. You’ll still be able to get some great dives during this time, but with run-off making conditions slightly turbulent, if you’re looking to capture stunning dive pictures or videos the best time to visit is between November and April.
One of the best ways to enjoy diving in Palau is to ensure that your divers program is a combination of coral reef excursions and wreck explorations. The area has a wide variety of World War II wrecks which make magnificent dives if you want to venture a little further than the open water reef trips. Multiple coral walls, blue holes, and expansive caverns are also available to explore, and with 700 species of coral and identified fish numbers having reached 1,200 you’ll have underwater landscapes and scenery like no other in the world. And, in addition to a variety of rare jellyfish, sharks, anemones and soft corals, turtles and dolphins are also regular visitors to this area.
Dive sites are abundant in Palau, and if you want to get the best from your trip it’s a good idea to speak to local dive center experts to establish how to make the most from each and every dive. You can often incorporate several dive aspects into one outing, using a drift dive to blow you gently towards a wreck before heading over a coral reef to end. One site which shouldn’t be missed is Chandelier cave; an immense network of tunnels and caves located in the Rock Islands which extend under the island itself and offer views of stalactite formations. And having dived in Palau, nowhere else in the world will offer quite the intrigue that this beautiful area has.