Palau Islands 10 nights
Koror to Koror
Qualification required: PADI Open water or equivalent - no minimum number of logged dives required. However, we advise that all divers should be advanced open water or equivalent due to the depths of some dives
This 10 night liveaboard adventure allows up to 33 dives including up to 5 night dives and offers the chance to explore some of the finest diving in Palau. As with all diving trips, the choice of dive sites visited during the itinerary will be affected by a number of factors including weather, tidal movement, moon phase, experience of divers and number of vessels. The Captain & Cruise Director will give a detailed briefing each evening for the following day’s dive schedule.The safety of all on board is paramount. The Cruise Director is always pleased to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.
Palau Diving Highlights
Ulong Channel: This is often considered one of the best dives in Palau! This exhilarating drift dive has it all: hard & soft coral encrusted walls, schools of sharks and other pelagic action, a beautiful stand of lettuce coral as you drift through the channel, giant clams and plenty of groupers just to name a few. Keep your eyes open, seeing just about anything is possible on this dive!
Shark City: Southwest of Ulong Island, this wall dive is where currents attract many large pelagics from grey reef sharks to the occasional sighting of a bull shark or hammerhead. The wall drops to 50m (150ft) and is dotted with gorgonian fans. In the shallow waters huge lettuce corals host colourful anthias and Moorish idols. Bumphead parrotfish are regularly seen here and eagle rays are known to cruise the reef wall.
Blue Corner: This is Palau's most famous dive site and has even been judged the top dive site worldwide! Steep sheer walls provide little shelter from fierce currents (reef hooks are usually recommended here). The currents bring black tip, white tip and grey reef sharks, plus huge schools of snapper, barracuda and jacks. Smaller creatures such as leaf fish and pipefish can be seen in amongst the coral gardens.
Blue Holes: Located just along the reef from Blue Corner, this large cavern has four “blue holes” at the top allowing natural light in from above. These rays of light make diving in the cavern a unique and amazing experience. White tips can be seen on the sandy bottom and there are numerous critters including dart fish and the flaming scallop lining the cavern walls.
German Channel: This channel was created by miners during the German occupation (1899 - 1914) to enable easier transportation of phosphates that were being mined. The mouth of the channel is a great place to spot manta rays feeding on plankton or visiting the cleaning station bommies. White tip and black tip sharks are also common here. The channel here is over 1km long and allows for great drift diving, and so usually visited more than once during your trip!
Iro Maru wreck: A Japanese oil supply ship, sunk during World War II by American forces lies upright in just 20m of clear blue water close to the harbour of Koror. The bow is encrusted with corals and the gun mounted there is clearly visible as you descend the mooring line. Large groupers are commonly seen whilst schools of batfish hover above.
Jake Sea Plane: A reconnaissance float plane that lies fully intact, making for incredible photographs. This site usually offers little current and great visibility, and has attracted octopus, cuttlefish and nudibrach who have made the plane wreck their home.
Peleliu Cut: Here you can experience some of the strongest currents of the trip due to converging ocean currents that flow around the archipelago. The cut is full of life - plenty of pelagics, sharks, jacks, barracuda, rainbow runners, snappers, tuna and sweetlips. Reef hooks are a must for this dive!
Jelly Fish Lake (snorkelling): One of 70 inland lakes in Palau, this one offers the incredible opportunity to swim (safely!) with golden jellyfish who have evolved over time to shed their stining cells. A really once in a lifetime experience. (Currently closed - please check with Regaldive).