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Palau, lying just under two hours south west from Guam, is famous for its unique Rock Islands and jellyfish lake.

Spread over a lagoon more than 37 kilometres long, the islands are covered with thick jungle growth, are rarely visited by people and offer some of Micronesia’s finest snorkelling and diving. Three ocean currents converge in Palau’s waters, bringing with them some of the most varied and dazzling marine life in the world.

Every imaginable species of coral and over 1,500 species of fish inhabit the rich reefs, with sharks and barracudas a common sight. Most dives are drift dives and the best season is Jan-Jun, when visibility can be over 60 metres.

During air raids in 1944, x48 Japanese ships and numerous American and Japanese planes were sunk in Palau. These wrecks are scattered all over Palau and whilst most of the ships sank near the Rock Islands there are many still to be discovered, with some lying at depths not suitable for the sport diver. Palau offers both liveaboard and resort diving.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: grey reef shark, spotted eagle ray, reef manta ray, white-tip reef shark, napoleon wrasse

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Palau & Yap

A fabulous twin centre itinerary to two of the Pacific’s most iconic and spectacular diving destinations. Experience manta rays up close and personal in Yap, and dive the rich colourful reefs and wrecks of Palau.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,895 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Palau Liveaboard

Dive Palau by liveaboard to truly appreciate this Pacific island gem. The world's first shark sanctuary, Palau dazzles with its wrecks, superb shark encounters and healthy reefs housing every imaginable species of coral.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,845 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Carolines Resort

Carolines Resort offers traditional style bungalows, inspired by Palauan architecture, located on a secluded hilltop overlooking the stunning Philippine Sea. Guests have access to the only private beach in Koror.

Palau Pacific Resort

This award-winning luxurious resort is located on the western shores of Arakebesang Island in Koror, a short drive from the airport. Set in lush tropical gardens with the Pacific Ocean lapping at its white sandy shores, it’s an idyllic delight.

Suggested liveaboards are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Ocean Hunter I

Accommodating six passengers, the Ocean Hunter l is a motor-sailer specifically designed for the waters of Palau, which offer some of Micronesia’s finest snorkelling and diving, with sharks and barracudas a common sight.

Ocean Hunter III

A former research vessel, the Ocean Hunter lll has been designed to a high specification for divers to explore the waters of Palau and the western Pacific. With a shallow draft, it can reach sites inaccessible to larger liveaboards.

Palau Aggressor II

This luxurious liveaboard departs Koror for a week's diving adventure around the islands of Palau, and features all the modern amenities a diver could need. Dive highlights include channels, wrecks, shark encounters and caves.

Rock Islands Aggressor

Part of the Aggressor Fleet, this is a comfortable yacht, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She visits Palau’s best dive sites to encounter some of the most varied and dazzling marine life in the world.

S/Y Palau Siren

The luxurious S/Y Palau Siren is a traditional phinisi boat, custom designed and handcrafted from ironwood and teak. Trips operate throughout the year to one of the most diverse diving destinations in the world.