Palau is located east of the Philippines and north of Indonesia in the far Western Pacific Ocean, and is technically a part of Micronesia. This relatively small archipelago country consists of more than 250 islands spread over an area of 458 square kilometres (177 sq mi). Many of these islands are steep rocky limestone outcrops that rise dramatically and beautifully out of the sea; very much like other beautiful destinations like Raja Ampat, northern Palawan in the Philippines, and the western coast of Thailand.
Diving trips to Palau are highlighted by the stunning scenery above water and fast passed current dives below. Most of the sites are located within the main island chain around Koror and south to Peleliu islands. Here the water is channelled between and around the numerous islands and shallow reefs causing a concentration of fish and sharks at certain points like the famous Blue Corner; or huge Manta Ray congregations of up to 30 individuals at German Channel. Big drift diving is also in the itinerary along the beautiful reef of Peleliu Express, found on the southern most point of the main island group.
All trips in Palau also include snorkelling at the famous Jellyfish lake, where hundreds of jellyfish inhabit this entrapped lake. These rare species have evolved to lose their stinging tentacles making it perfect for snorkelling, as there is no diving allowed here. All guests brought here can float on the surface, where they enjoy this still unexplained phenomenon of evolution. There are also plenty of WWII wrecks which are spread around Palau, some within recreational diving limits to be enjoyed by most divers.
Liveaboards are an ideal option for visiting Palau, as they allow guests to dive a maximum amount per day in the most remote and diverse dive sites of the country; all within only short speed boat trips from the main vessel. You can easily enjoy the remote and beautiful scenery of the islands in these locations, making for amazing sunsets and unbroken scenic views.
Palau is only accessed by international flights to Koror from either Manila or Guam. Once in the country transport is only by car or taxi around the main island, and further afield only by boat. The climate of Palau is tropical year round, and thus the country receives rainfall on a regular basis; but the heaviest amounts come during July to October, with plenty of sunshine during this season as well. Palau is not prone to typhoons as it is located outside the main typhoon zone.