There are a lot of beautiful Palau diving spots. The republic is located west part of the Pacific Ocean and is made up of over 500 islands. A lot of divers visit the country all year around. If you’re planning a trip to the area, here are a few spots you shouldn’t miss.
Blue Corner is arguably one of the most popular dive sites in the world. Underwater, the currents can be strong and unpredictable. This is why it’s only recommended to advanced divers. At shallow waters, you’ll see soft corals, eels and gorgonian fans. Once you go deeper – at about 11 to 13 metres – you’ll start seeing more predatory fish like grey reef sharks and white tip sharks. Because currents at this depth are very strong, it’s recommended that you use a reef hook to avoid being swept off.
Drift divers are one of a kind. If you’re one of them, the Ulong Channels should be your first stop. It’s highly recommended that you visit the area during the incoming tide. This way, you can swim with sharks as they devour dinner, in the form of many fish who pass by the channel. It’s perfect for divers who are looking for an adventure.
When you first get into the channel, you’ll see a lot of corals and anemones. These are home to small fish and critters. The sharks are present once you go deeper, as they take advantage of the traffic in the area. Once you get through, you’ll find more grey reef sharks waiting for their next meal, along with:
- Schools of Snapper Fish
Just like the Blue Corner, the currents here are very strong. In fact, most divers report unpredictable currents mid-dive. To add to this, most people visit the area during the incoming tide, when forces are very strong. Be prepared for anything, as the guide may instruct you to go back if current gets too strong. Furthermore, it’s advised that you don’t stray too far from the guide.