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Palau

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Located just 450 miles north of the equator (at 7° 30′ North Latitude, 133° 30′ East Longitude) Palau was declared by National Geographic Society as the first Underwater Wonder of the World, and was featured on Discovery Channel’s “Living Edens” series as one of the world’s last living Edens. Palau enjoys a pleasantly warm climate all year round.  Average temperature of 82°F (27°C). Rainfall can occur throughout the year, and the annual average is 150 inches. The average relative humidity is 82%, and although rain falls more frequently between July and October, there is still much sunshine.

Palau is located at a cross road between the enormous Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Sea, just outside a geographic region of the world known as the “Coral Triangle”. Palau’s remarkable biodiversity is mainly attributed to:

  • Its geographic location, being the meeting point of large bodies of water.
  • Its wide array of marine environments found in its warm, tropical waters.
  • The large amounts of nutrients, brought in from the ocean by circulating currents, feeding marine creatures and keeping the reefs vibrant.
  • The abundance of larvae of various fish, coral and invertebrates, brought in by currents from other locations in the Indo-Pacific.

Palau falls strategically in the path of transient pelagic creatures, such as whale sharks, whales and dolphins, and is home to the world’s most remote and isolated population of dugong, an endangered marine mammal. Within the diving community, Palau is famous for its shark population, numbering over 130 species! In 2009, Palau became the world’s first Shark Sanctuary, prohibiting commercial fishing operations from catching sharks.

Given the expeditionary nature of our voyage, our day‐by‐day itinerary may vary.

This region of the Pacific features some of the highest marine biodiversity in the world and we choose daily dive and snorkel sites based on weather conditions, tidal exchange, and skill levels.

Palau is best known for its vertical walls adorned with gorgonians, soft corals, large predatory fish, and an abundance of reef fishes.

Along with trips to some of the world’s top dive sites such as Blue Corner, Siaes Corner, Ulong Channel, Turtle Cove, Turtle Wall, Ngemelis Wall, and Big Drop Off, we also explore less frequented sites in the inner lagoons and on the outer islands.

With kayaks we can explore Palau’s hidden network of marine lakes, mangrove channels, and tropical beaches. Birding and snorkelling are highlights.

 

Koror

Upon your in Koror, we transfer you to the Raja Laut and we explore Nikko Bay. This well‐sheltered bay holds pristine coral gardens with world‐class snorkelling, hidden marine caves full of geologic wonders, and forgotten WWII bunkers. and artefacts. In the afternoon the divers in the group head for the WWII Jake seaplane wreck for an easy check‐out dive in shallow waters.

Peleliu Island

Conditions permitting we spend a day diving, snorkelling, and exploring its outer reefs. Some of the most exhilarating drift and wall dives can be made from the is‐ land’s southernmost tip, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Philippine Sea.

 

Rock Islands

Palau’s geologically fascinating Rock Islands with the chance to snorkel and dive among vibrant coral reefs. As you look up from the water, watch for wheeling white‐tailed tropicbirds, fast flying sulfur‐crested cockatoos, delicate fairy terns, slow‐flying Palauan fruit bats, and many mixed flocks of feeding terns.

Jelly Fish Lake

Named one of the Seven Biological Wonders of the World, this unique lake system is a prime example of biological isolation. Our naturalist guides present a detailed interpretation of this phenomenon and we snorkel among the amazing and harm‐ less, resident melon‐sized jellyish

 

Palau Wreck Diving

Palau is the final resting place for the “Lost Fleet of the Rock Islands,” more than 50 Japanese warships and airplanes sunk by U.S. dive‐bombers during WWII, and we dive and snorkel some of these vessels during the week. Covered in soft corals, these wrecks provide a habitat for many species of marine life.

Other great snorkelling sites

Giant Clam City, a shallow site covered with enormous, colourful tridacna clams, and Soft Coral Arch, a limestone arch covered with branching, rainbow‐hued soft corals.