The islands of Micronesia are scattered over three million square miles of the North Pacific. Palau alone has more than 700 species of coral and more than 1,500 species of fish. Below the surface, divers experience a paradise of incredible walls, blue holes, breathtaking reefs and crystal caves. Vast numbers of pelagic predators, sharks, turtles, dolphins and many species of migratory fish gather at this unique crossroads where three of the world’s major currents converge. Palau is home to the famed Rock Islands, a collection of rounded, foliage-covered isles perfect for kayaking. The seas around Micronesia are dotted with the remains of more than 75 World War II military ships and Japanese seaplanes, making it not only a great dive destination for reefs, but also a haven for wreck and history buffs.
Palau has a number of liveaboard diving boats of various sizes and styles. Most of the vessels operate seven-night cruises that include unlimited scuba diving. Special 10- and 14-night excursions on liveaboard dive boats also operate at certain times of the year.
When to Go
You can dive year-round in Palau, although January, February and March offer lower humidity and slightly cooler temperatures.
Visibility ranges from 50 feet to more than 100 feet and water temperature varies slightly from about 78-82°F.