A discovery of a new paradise located in the Pacific Ocean, almost 800 kilometers away east of the Philippines and 3,200 kilometers from south of Tokyo. Palau is an island nation that has been emerged with the United States Trusteeship in the year 1994 and said to be one of the youngest and smallest of all the sovereign states.
The island of Palau is one of the most unique diving sites in the world. Away from the southwest part of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau consist of a group of 343 islands, extend its north to south area it can form the island of Kayangel up to the island of Angaur with an additional of five small islands which are named as southwest islands.
Palau’s abundant and healthy reefs give riches to the aquatic life, helps in the formations of corals and wrecks. Dives can be done in knee deep water and thrust straight down to the lowest point of a thousand feet and more.
There will be a great number of big pelagic predators, turtles, sharks, dolphins and many migratory water species always gather in this island. Palau becomes popular because of its Rock Islands. These rock islands are a set of many rounded, plant covered small islands which seems that are floating above the water. There will be a boat trip in the island to show you the wondrous white sand beaches that are hiding in the shades and good for having picnics and camping stay The underwater are set for divers and snorkelers to be seen and retorted the new born paradise in front of them – nice curved drop-offs, holes, lively reefs, white and crystal caves and the most interesting is the World War II shatters.
Palau gives service to professional divers and make them experienced the true diving practice that can’t be done anywhere else. There are over a hundred dive locations in the islands. Palau was recognized by CEDAM as the Number One Underwater Wonder of the World. CEDAM is a group of marine scientists and aquatic conservationists. There is over a thousand kinds of types of marine species are inhabited in the islands including the barracuda, manta rays, giant clams and sharks.
Divers should not missed the experienced of taking the world famous rock islands. Especially the act of wall diving with the popular sites of the world like Blue Corner, Ngmelis Drop Off, Blue Hole and of course the Peleliu Corner. And for snorkelers, the island is best because of its clear water and familiarity to most dive sites. You may also try other activities and sightseeing tours like rock island tour, stone faces and monoliths of Ngarchelong, visiting the Belau National Museum, Helicopter tours, air tours, adventure in Kayaking and scuba diving. Stone faces and monoliths of Ngarcehlong include the hiking in many traditional villages and jungle trekking to the very mysterious ancient stone of monoliths that are left by the prehistoric Palauans.
Best Time to Dive Palau
Anytime in a year is said to be the good time for a visit in Palau. From the month of June up to the beginning of the month of October, there will be some possible chances of rainy days that may cause some heavy waves and abnormal flow of current. Palau is near enough to our Earth’s equator to be stated that it is already outside the typhoon belt. In a whole year, the best time to visit the Palau Island will be around the months of November and May.
Getting There and Around
Since United States citizens do not need a visa, and almost all the guests can have a free 30 days tourisms visa upon their arrival. There are ways to get there in Palau Island. The first one is to go there by plane. Using plane is only natural for most people, there will be only one airport which is Airai located in Babeldaob. Most of the guests came from the Continental Micronesia arriving from the daily flights of Guam. These also have good ties from Japan and United States, as well as the capital city of the Philippines which is Manila. There are also some chartered flights from Taipei, South Korea and Japan from the many different operators.
To get around the island, you can use some taxi or rent a car. There will be lots of local taxis around the island so this will not be a problem. If you are going to choose to rent a car then make sure to note that driving slowly is the best especially for the bumpy roads. Recently, the roads have been paved and the divers should take boats to go in diving sites because there are no beaches and sites in the main Koror.
Check before you go
- Passport expiry date (most countries require at least six months prior to the expiry date)
- Visa requirements
- Travel Insurance (make sure coverage for Scuba Diving is included)
- Medical status (Visit your doctor if you are unsure)