The reef flies by like a time lapse. Diving in the “Peleliu Express” lives up to its name. The reef is unusually shiny and smooth as it gradually deepens. The unleashed current does not allow the inhabitants of the reef to gain a chance of peace. Beyond the reef edge it becomes calmer. Filtrators sit here in the first row. Even the huge gorgonians barely withstand the current and lie flat. Soft corals stretch and flutter like wet rags in the wind. The nutrient-rich water provides a wide range of food everywhere.
Dawn sinks over the reef. Time to eat and be eaten. Many small fish venture out to grab plankton. Often too far. A dozen grey sharks swim unimpressed by the current in front of the wall. If one of the robbers leaves the highway, then suddenly he gets one of the small fish. A coral block is the ideal platform for divers to observe. With the help of the reef hooks usual in Palau this works well. Anchor it at the edge, inflate the jacket slightly and hang it relaxed into the rope. When your cheeks flutter in the current, it’s a close experience of wild nature.
Diving at the world-famous “Blue Corner”
There is also a current when diving at the “Blue Corner”. A world famous dive site in Palau. Dozens of reef sharks curiously approach here at arm’s length. A big swarm of barracudas and markrels circles the reef. In between Napoleons are on the lookout for snacks. Hoping not to be discovered, eagle rays rush by. Turtles search the corals for food. A spotted nail ray floats on the plateau. Here you are at the destination of your dreams!
Wreck diving in Palau
If you’ve seen enough fish, there’s more for you. Because the wrecks from the Second World War reveal a world of their own. Up to technical deep diving with Trimix. If you want to take it easier, the ten meter deep water at “Jake, the Seaplane” is the place for you. The intact seaplane offers a beautiful backdrop for wreck photos when visibility is good. Five minutes by boat from Sam’s Tours dive center is a stalactite cave under water. The “Chandaliers Cave”. Just below the surface, diving lamps create a glittering realm amidst stalactites and stalagmites. The Tridacnas of “Giant Clam City” are impressive and probably unique in this accumulation. It is not known why more than 20 of the more than one meter large giant clams live in this shallow water. The visit to the mussels takes place between two dives. Only with mask and snorkel. One of the highlights. Just like a trip to Jelly Fish Lake.
Diving at the Rock Islands in Palau
Jelly Fish Lake is in the middle of the Rock Islands. Its centre, called “Seventy Islands”, is a nature reserve. The partly tiny islands rise above the sea surface. They consist of limestone. It can store rainwater like a sponge. This water forms the basis of life for the plants that cover the islands. The Rock Islands are Palau’s landmark.
As with diving, you can also meet witnesses from the Second World War here. For example, there is a Japanese fighter bomber here. The cockpit is still surprisingly well preserved and leaves a lot of room for your imagination.
Most of the fights were for Peleliu. The fourth largest but rather insignificant island of Palau. 11,000 Japanese soldiers had occupied the island and expanded it into a base for the air forces. Soldiers of the US. Marine Division reached in battle the beach of “White Beach”. In the next weeks more than 15,000 Japanese and American soldiers lost their lives. At this small spot rusted tanks, cannons and destroyed buildings testify today to the battles. Divers from all over the world, who are washed up by the current around Peleliu, often have no idea of the history. After all, in the wake of the “Peleliu Express” they are experiencing their blue miracle.
Diving in Palau at a glance
The Republic of Palau belongs to the Federation of Micronesian States. It has been an independent state since 1 October 1994. Surrounded by a coral reef, the 340 islands of Palau belong to the Caroline group. Only eight of the islands are inhabited. Palau receives economic support from the USA and Japan since the Second World War. It is the smallest member of the United Nations. 19,000 inhabitants live on a land area of 458 square kilometers. This corresponds to about half of Berlin.
Arrival: From Manila to Palau in about two hours flight. Or from Taiwan also directly to Palau. A passport valid for six months and a return flight ticket are sufficient for stays of up to 30 days.
Diving in Palau: Palau’s dive sites are among the top ten in the world. They are bursting with fish life. Here you will find almost everything that makes diving attractive. Big fish, great reefs and endless cliffs. In addition there is the “Jelly Fish Lake” and a huge number of aircraft and shipwrecks from the Second World War.
Climate: The best time to travel is from mid-November to the end of April. The “rainy season” lasts from June to October. The climate is tropical and warm all year round.
Accommodation: The price range of the accommodations reaches from very simple houses up to the elevated hotel.
Electricity: 115 Volt/60 Hertz. Adapters are required.
Medical care: In Koror there are three private and one public hospital as well as a deco chamber. Further medical care takes place in Manila. Foreign health insurance with return transport is recommended. Insect protection is advisable.
The best dive sites in Palau
Diving at Blue Corner: Surrounded plateau with steep wall. Barracuda, mackerel and snappers swarms as well as napoleon fish. Great shark site with grey, black tip and white tip reef sharks.
Diving at Helmet Wreck: The wreck takes its name from numerous stacked steel helmets. This treasure trove of relics from the Second World War contains weapons, gas masks and stacks of water bombs.
Big Drop Off Diving: Current-rich dive along a spectacular wall with many grey sharks, barracuda schools, mackerel, grey snappers and eagle rays.
Ulung Channel: With incoming current a top spot with lots of fish and cleaning stations for sharks and manta rays.
Peleliu Express: Steep face with rapid current of up to four (!) knots. A fantastic dive with sharks and tuna fish.
Want to dive in Palau?
We will select the right diving schools for you according to your specifications.
They will then send you free and non-binding offers within a few days.
Simply compare and book. 🙂
We only forward your request to selected dive centres.
Your details will not be stored and you will not receive any advertising. Promise! 🙂