Palau diving is overflowing with abundant marine life in crystal clear water, the paradise for photographers and demanding divers. A top destination!
Palau has some of the most uniform year round temperatures in the world.
Average air temperature during the year: 21°C (70°F) to 27°C (80°F) all year round
Water surface temperature: 21°C (70°F) to 32°C (90°F) all year round
Possible to dive all year round although visibility is reduced by run-off during the July through October monsoons
Best time to dive: November and April
Worst time to dive: June to September
Visibility average: 50 to 60 meters (165 to 200 feet)Although visibility is reduced by run-off during the July through October monsoons
Palau diving offers a great variety of different kinds of diving for beginners and advanced divers. Blue holes, huge caverns, spectacular walls and an immense variety of rare marine species are easily accessible in clear water with visibility exceeding 200 feet. In Palau there are World War II wrecks. Many not found anywhere else in the world, of large pelagic predators, sharks, turtles, dolphins and land locked marine lakes, accessible from the sea through tunnels are home to rare jelly fish, anemones and soft corals.
Palau diving is incredible. World class: Walls encrusted with Technicolor soft corals and sponges. Sea whips with crinoids are abundant and big pelagics cruise the drop-offs when the current is running. It is not just the reefs that make this location special; in the same day (and sometimes on the same dive) you can do a strong current drift dive, a wreck dive, and a cave dive! There's something for everyone.
Palau's great diving site is nestled in the Rock Islands and called Chandelier cave, which is a huge cave system under one of the islands close to Korror harbour. This system extends a couple of hundred metres under the island. The name comes from the stalactite formations that hang like chandeliers from the roof of the cave.
The diving industry has been fuelled by the Japanese influence and that popularity is due to the fact that Palau is the nearest warm water diving accessible to Japan, and the place where many Japanese learn to dive.
Fauna and flora:
Palau is Micronesia's richest flora and fauna, both on land and underwater with 700 species of coral and 1,200 species of identified fish.
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