The latitude and longitude of Palau are about 7 degrees north and 134 degrees east. The archipelago lies within the much larger group of thousands of islands that make up Micronesia, which means “tiny islands.” Approximately 800 kilometers north of New Guinea, southeast of the Philippines, and southwest of Guam, Palau consists of roughly 500 islands.
Palau has a maritime tropical climate with a large amount of rainfall. The average daily temperature for the year is 81℉ (28℃), while the relative humidity is about 82%. An annual average of 381 centimeters of rain falls on Palau, feeding into the rivers and streams and adding to the humidity. Wind direction shifts occur with the trade winds blowing from the northeast and east from November to May. Then the monsoon winds come up from the southwest from June to September.
Palau has declared itself as the world’s first shark sanctuary. In 2009, it launched the Palau Shark Sanctuary to do its part in fighting for an end to shark finning in Palau and around the globe.
(For more details, see: http://www.sharksanctuary.com/)
Palau’s Rock Islands were listed as a World Heritage Site in 2012. Many of the 445 uninhabited limestone islands of volcanic origin the southern lagoon have unique mushroom-like shapes, surrounded by turquoise water and coral reefs.
The site’s incredible beauty is made even more impressive by the complex reef system, featuring over 385 species of coral as well as a wide array of ecosystems. This is home to a great diversity of plants, birds and marine life, including dugong and at least thirteen shark species.
(For more details, see: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1386)
Palau is known as one of the planet’s best places to be underwater. Its dive sites attract visitors for all sorts of reasons, including huge schools of fish, plenty of sharks, and healthy reefs, as well as wrecks of the Second World War and the world-famous Jellyfish Lake and Blue Corner.
Most months the water temperature is around 30℃. Only from February to March does it occasionally drop to about 26℃. Average underwater visibility is roughly 20 meters but sometimes goes up to 40 meters! From July to September, heavy rains and strong winds can brings a drop in visibility to between 15 and 20 meters.
Palau features about 30 major dive sites, from walls and tunnels to channels and wrecks.
Here are just a few of the most famous of these sites:
Mandarinfish are reef dwellers.
Just in front of chandelier cave, you can see this beautiful fish at dusk.
I have not heard the accident about the shark in Palau.
Probably the shark will not be interested in a diver because they are not troubled with their food.
Palau has launched the world’s first “shark sanctuary” program in 2009.
Still it was rainy all day in Palau.
School of Whitemouth Jack was seen at Glassland.
Palau was rainy all day, but it was “over 20m visibility”, nice clear water!
The boss was taking a break at Ngermeaus.
This 1.5m length very bold shape barracuda usually seen outer reef.
Today I had introductory dive course, and we saw her in shallow coral area at Ngermeaus Island.
Introductory divers were very happy to see her.
Our three boats went to German Channel and all divers were happy to see Manta.
Clear good visibility at Ulong Channel today.
Yellow prawn-goby commensal with alpheid shrimps.
It can be found easily in the shallow sand area at Ngermeaus Island.
The scene that this is rare.
Clear Cristal Blue water in the Blue Hole today.
True blue underwater.
A Japanese Cargo Ship was sank during WWII.
She is around 100m long big ship.
Nice visibility today.
School of Blue-dash Fusiller at German Channel.
She was bigger than our boat.
We went to early morning dive to Ulong area.
She was seen from the boat after first dive.
Wow! This is diving in Palau.
Great so as not to know what comes out!
A Manta-Ray was seen at German Channel, today.
Blue Corner & New Drop-off were very good visibility.
We have seen many Green Sea Turtles & Hawksbills there.
Big school of Bigeye trevally was seen at Ulong Cliff.
Mostly visibility was bad when We went to the Wreck, but was beautiful today.
Cargo ship “Iro” was sunk in 1943 during WWII.
The ship was 470 feet (143 meters) long.
Though it is wet season, good weather continues in Palau.
Good diving at Ngemeris Area today.
Dancing three baby Eagle-Rays were seen at Sies Corner.
It was so cute, because of their size (copy paper size).
was seen at Peleliu Corner today.
She came from deep area to shallow reef top.
Because of so quick swim, not all of our divers saw her.
Also no one took photo…..
If you don’t know about her, search on the web it in “Great Hammerhead Shark” and look.
Wow! This is diving in Palau!
We went to Ulong area.
It was nice weather through the day.
Visibility was also good.
We saw two Manta Rays at Grassland.
(sorry no Manta picture today..)
3 Manta-Rays were seen at German Channel today.
Many longfin batfish were seen at our original dive site “Thumbs”, today.
Diving in Ulong area today.
Ball shape of Bigeye trevally was seen.
Ship Wreck “Teshio” 98m long Japanese Cargo Ship.
She was bombed on 30 Mar 1944 during WWII.
Usually the visibility is not good around there, but today was super!
Only the divers can enter this cave, because it is underwater.
The place that can experience a thrill and a mystery a little bit.
At Ulong Channel, a fish was caught by jelly fish.
It totally still lived and seemed to swim together.
Today’s Blue Corner; Big group of Neon fusilier were chased by a shark.
Hundreds of Neon fusilier passed through us to the left to the right again & again at full speed.
Many people come to Palau and want to go diving at Blue Corner.
Because we can see not only lots of fish, but also rare kind sometimes.
Three African pompano (Threadfish) were seen at Blue Corner, today.
We found a Baby Crocodile fish at Palau Marine Lake.
Palau Marine Ranger found legless child turtle.
Until she becomes to be able to live by herself somehow, Ranger will protect her.
We hope that her cheerful state is seen soon in diving.
Beautiful sunset at our pier.
Many dolphins had been jumping around our boat on the way to Koror after dive.
There are several kind of dolphins in Palau.
Although it is not common to see dolphin during dive, we often see them from the boat.
Drift Diving at Ulong Channel, today.
Ulong Channel is famous as there is a biggest colony of the cabbage coral in Palau.
Good mild current took us all the way to the end of channel.
Group of Almaco Jack came with us all the time.
One of the big reasons why many divers come and dive in Palau, is to see Manta-Ray.
We met with the predation scene of three Manta-Rays at Ngerchong outside.
And also met one Manta-Ray at German Channel.
Today is “Manta-Day” 🙂
Only this month, we have discount campaigning for introductory dive course for “Parent and child”.
Discounted to $105 (regular price is $130 pp.).
One family enjoyed Introductory diving at Ngermeaus Island, today.
Aug. 2. 2017
Wreck Dive is a common diving activity in Palau.
We went to Cyuyo-maru.
Chuyo is Japanese Cargoship which was bombed during WWII.
The length 285ft (87m) ship lies in the sandy area of the bottom.
Many Big-eye trevally was seen, today.
We have original dive sites more than 15 places around Palau.
In the wet season, sometimes we are unable to dive at south west area which include Blue Corner, New Drop and German Channel.
But you don’t need to worry about this.
Such time, we take you to east side area.
We have 8 dive sites at east area, all our original.
Manta Ray comes some of these sites.
We did the maintenance check of the dive site today.
Many Rainbow runner were being chased by Sharks at Blue Corner.
Rainbow runner had run around at full speed to survive.
Great force! This is diving in Palau!
Grass Land, this is our original dive site.
Like a Grass, hundreds, thousands of garden eels are living there.
Many non-diving customer comes to Palau and enjoy introductory dive.
We saw big school of Scad at Ngermeaus, today.
The customers were great excitement.
Diving in Palau isn’t all about work.
Keeping our rental gear the best condition is one of important things.
The ocean is still windy.
It might be continued until Wednesday.
We went to Ngerchong inside and saw a Zebra shark.
Still rough surface and could not reach western dive area.
After 2nd dive at Buoy #6, we found a Manta Ray swimming.
We jumped in and took some photos.
Great good luck!!
Buoy #6 is a wreck dive site located just 2 miles (3.5km) away from Koror.
There are lots of wreck diving sites in Palau.
It was foul weather in Palau.
Strong westerly wind made rough surface.
A Manta Ray was seen when we were diving at German Channel.
Large group of buffalo fishes were seen at Ngerchong outside.
If you come to Palau but you don’t want to get wet.
You still have chance to see her.
We didn’t see any Manta Ray during dive, today.
But on the way to dive site, we saw a Manta Ray was swimming inside German Channel.
Diving in Palau, one of the scene worth seeing is a predation.
Black and white snapper preyed fusilier at German Channel.
Diving in Palau, it is very difficult to determine, because sometimes the current will suddenly change.
Today we dived at Blue Corner in perfect timing.
Very good smooth follow current, good visibility and plenty of fish.
Today’s German Channel was not perfect visibility.
Just before the end of the diving, one Manta Ray appeared suddenly and passed our front.
Blue banded snapper (or called Yellow & blue sea-perch) is a familiar fish by diving in Palau.
They become the very good subject for photographer.
You can surely meet them anytime on the reef at Blue Corner.
One of the reason why diver likes dive in Palau is,
More than 10 sharks around at Blue Corner, today.
The safety stop is required by every diving in Palau
There are many style of safety stops 🙂
Hundreds of Bigeye trevally made tornado shape at Ulong Channel.
A shark was preying at Blue Corner.
She was going to catch a small fish, not the human being…
Enjoy Palau Diving! 🙂
One of remarkable point of diving in Palau is,
its good visibility.
Over 30m visibility at Blue Corner, today.
We haven’t heard shark accident since we started diving in Palau 1987.
Because the thing which they eat is rich here.
In year 2009, Palau has declared itself as the world’s first shark sanctuary.
In Palau, you can see two kinds of sea turtle.
One is Green turtle, other is Hawksbill.
To watch the turtle, we go to Ngemelis Wall.
More than 10 turtles might be seen in one dive.
Do you know which kind she is, Green turtle or Hawksbill?
Hawksbill has two pair prefrontal scales, Green has only one pair.
Diving Palau is not only for big fish,
also good opportunities for watching small one.
We saw pretty Leaf Scorpion & Lion fish at German Channel.
If you dive in Palau, she will come to see you.
She is waiting for you at most of diving sites.
It was perfect fine day.
Blue Hole made holy blue ray.
Picturesque scenery was seen at Blue Corner
No wind, No wave.
We can see underwater from the boat.
Before, there were three baby Eagle-Rays swimming around Blue Corner.
They disappeared for a while.
Not all of them, but two returned, Today!
We went to Ngaremlengui states dive area, today.
We have several original dive sites there.
Nice visibility, huge amount of fish.
Very Good Dive !!
We had early morning dive today.
Lots of the Bumped Parrot fish spawning.
More than 10 sharks were seen at the channel’s mouth.
They around and around the rock.
Good smooth current inside channel.
Good number of black fin barracudas.
Good current, nice visibility, today.
We didn’t see Manta Ray for a while.
She came back, today!
All divers were very happy 🙂
Until yesterday, it had been cloudy night for two weeks.
But tonight was different, it was perfect clear for star gazing.
Wonderful starlit sky!
We can see ‘Southern Cross’ from April to July.
All tour guides have to have guide certificate class & pass the exam every year.
This exam include Palau culture, environment and Palau’s law.
We need remember the name of endemic Plants, fish, birds, etc in both English & Palauan.
Also need remember the Palauan name of places.
It is very difficult to pronounce these names.
For example, Ngerbechetel, Ngermdlu, Ngchus, Ngchelobel, Ngermeaus, et cetera et cetera…
It make me very stressful 🙁
This Giant always swim alone there.
Great Barracuda grow up to 6ft (180cm).
Once you dive down into the hole, you will see amazing blue shower.
It was good weather and very weak wind.
Can you find the horizon between sea and sky?
We saw lots of sharks at “Blue Corner” , today.
The visibility was pretty good, more than 25m.
We will have early dive tour, tomorrow for watching spawning.
Every month before full moon, red bass snapper congregate in huge number to spawn.
This is a very unique event for this kind of fish.
This spawn is so huge that it attract big shark such as bull shark and black fin shark that we don’t see every time.
Blue marlin dive shop has master this event so its a guarantee deal.
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It was all day much rainy today
Feel it to be slightly chilly on the boat,
but once we dive, water is always 30 degrees.
It was nice weather today, but had some squall this afternoon.
After 2nd dive, we saw beautiful Big W-Rainbow.
Yes, “Rainbow” means “Rain” + “Bow(shape)”
About 5 -6m whale shark was entangle with a 3/4 diameter rope.
this whale shark was seen by many divers at Blue corner.
It seems the whale shark continue to stay around Blue corner.
On the 3rd dive, Our dive guide Clayton manage to cut the rope on the right pectoral fin and free it. but struggle to free the left pectoral fin. some divers came to help too, and almost got it free. we only hope that rope will come off by it self. 🙂
This is some of the ocean debris that are endangering the marine life.
Please help protect this gentle giant and all other marine life.
We went to Ulong Area, today.
Today’s Ulong area had very good visibility.
It was turquoise color in shallow and true cobalt blue in deep area.
Very beautiful color.
We went dive at “Ulong Cliff” for the first dive.
Good follow current and visibility was 30m plus.
We entered into “Ulong Channel” latter half of this dive, then we encountered big Manta Ray.
She swam very fast against current and passed by us.
It is hard to see Manta Ray at Ulong Channel.
Also we couldn’t see her any places since last month.
We were super lucky today!
We missed taking photograph of her 🙁
Occasionally there was a squall, but today was also nice wheather.
Recently Helfrich has been seen -18m of New Drop-off!
In Palau it is quite unusual!
Please do not miss it!!!
Palau is a sunny day everyday!
Almost windless, the ocean is like a mirror.
Manta finally came to German Channel today!
It is the first time in about month
Palau today was fine weather!
Plauan ocean conditions were also good!
Today’s topics is very big school of parrot fish at Siaes corner and over 30 group of gray reef sharks aiming at it!!!
The number of parrot fish was over 3000!!! Amazing!
See you tomorrow
It was nice weather today!
Diving was also great!
Silvertip Shark @ short-drop off!!!
Hello, everyone!! nice to meet you. My name is Shogo of dive guide in Blue Marlin. We had 2 boats, today. OP:Stacy Guide:Tana, Hiromi 1st: Ngemelis wall 2nd: Blue Corner 3rd: St Cardinal OP:Kane Guide: Yu, Shogo 1st: New Drop Off 2nd: Blue Corner 3rd: German Channel Visibility was pretty good and very good follow current at all dive sites. We saw “helfrich’s dartfish” at “New Drop Off” only depth 16m. It was very rare, because that fish usually stay around 30m 2nd dive was “Blue Corner”, it was very good follow current. I saw big school of bigeye travallies & black snappers. So many numbers and it looked like big wall in underwater !! 3rd dive was “German Channel”, I saw many Black spotted barracuda and they stayed around us, unfortunately no manta ray coming today. We sent into mouth of “German Channel” at the end of dive. We will have 3 boats tomorrow. I wish it will be nice weather tomorrow. See you tomorrow!!
Today there was an occasional squall, wind was weak and the sea condition was good! well, we went to Ulong today. Today’s diving points are as below.
1st dive : Grass Land 2nd dive : Shark City 3rd dive : Siaes Corner As usual, a lot of barracuda and jacks were seen in Grass land. In Shark city, there were many red snapper which can be grouped before full moon. At the Siaes corner, we saw big school of black-fin barracuda during safety stop. We enjoyed diving today!
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