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:
Today we started from cloudy weather, the weather was rain on the way back.
The wind is still blowing.
Temperature was 28 ° C, water temperature was 29 ° C, depending on the place, cooler water was flowing.
2 boats went to Ulong area.
Our 1st dive was Grassland.
Grassland was full of Garden eel.
Also there were huge school of Jacks & Bigeye barracudas !
2nd dive was Sies Corner.
Was very good follow current.
I saw a lot of Double-lined fusiliers & pyramid butterflyfish before I got to the reef top.
At the top of the reef, many sharks, Dogtooth tuna and Yellowspotted trevallys were seen.
All of them were very aggressive and the scene was so spectacular!
3rd dive was Ulong Channel.
We enjoyed watching school of Bigeye barracuda & Bigeye trevallys.
An adult African pompano was seen at the funnel of Ulong Channel.
Pink Anemonefish was so cute!
It was a fine weather day today.
The wind was stll blowing southwest wind, but it was feeling weakened.
1st dive was at Blue Corner.
I saw Bigeye trevallys made tornado, and many Barracudas came and swam around us.
We enjoyed watching Giant trevallies and Humphead wrasse nearby.
2nd & 3rd dive was at German Channel.
Big school of Double-lined fusilier eating Plankton were seen.
Although we didn’t see Manta-ray, it was super clear water and we enjoyed watching turtles at shallow reef area 🙂
One boat went to Ngemeris Area today.
It was cloudy in the morning but it gradually became sunny.
1st dive was Big Drop-off.
We enjoyed crystal clear water.
Many Batfish were seen.
2nd dive was German Channel.
No Manta-ray was seen, but we saw Giant Barracuda and big school of Bigeye trevally & Black and white snapper.
3rd dive was Bento (next to German Channel)
Almost every time I can see the turtle here.
3 Hawksbills were seen today.
Also I found very big Lobster under the reef rock.
It was sunny today and sunny for 1 day! !
Very pleasant day.
But it was fairly strongly southwest wind.
Although the weather is nice, only the wind is troublesome.
We had 3 boats today.
2 boats went to Ngemeris and other went to Ulong area.
My boat went to Ngemeris area.
I saw 2 Manta-rays at German Channel for 1st dive.
Eagle ray and Cowtail stringray were seen.
The second dive, I went to “Bento” where the wave was wave calm and vacant.
Elegant swimming Hawksbills were seen.
School of Double-lined fusilier were also glitter with crystal blue water.
Last dive today was “Hafa Adai” 90 feet 30m ship wreck.
There are lots of Double-lined fusiliers near the mast!
A lot around the wreck ship, too!
And six Bluefin trevallys were attacking them.
The visibility here drop a little, but there were many fish.
Today it was sunny all day long since the morning.
Palau is still the wind in the southwest blowing.
But it was not a strong wind so we can go to major dive site in the west side ocean.
The first dive was German channel with a very good visibility.
Manta was seen consecutively until yesterday.
There was no other diver group.
We saw Bigeye barracudas, Cowtail stringray, spotted garden eel, Anemonefish and so on,
I barely saw a manta ray in the distance.
2nd dive was Blue Corner.
It was super blue, the visibility was more than 30m!
Nice follow current.
One Humphead wrasse had been with us for a long time.
After watching Hawksbill & Green Sea Turtle, we hooked-up and enjoy watching the dance of sharks & Giant trevallys.
It was nice sunny day.
Beware of sunburn!
We have one boat.
We went to Crescent Wall for first dive.
It was very good visibility.
There were many Garden eels, spotted garden eels, splendid garden eels and taiwanensis garden eels.
The kind and number of them seemed like dive at “Grassland”.
Besides that, we could see Yellowspotted trevally, Pink Anemonefish, Batfish, school of Redbelly yellowtail fusilier, Diagonal-banded sweetlips and so on.
Today’s second dive was Chuyo-maru ( Wreck Dive site )
With a ship of 87M in length, from one top to the tail with one dive.
It is a sunken ship point that you can see well in detail.
There are plenty of fish living around the main mast.
“Ladder” and “Chain” were also left intact.
The flock of Redbelly yellowtail fusilier passed by side with enormous momentum.
Many Dusky Anemonefish were seen, they were picturesque.
Today’s last diving site was Chandelier Cave.
It was split into two teams, one to look for small fish in front of the cave and the other went into the cave.
Teams to find small fish found Pajama cardinalfish, Blenny, Crab eyed-Goby and of course I found a famous Mandarin fish!
Inside the cave was mysterious!
A lot of stalactite stretches from the ceiling to underwater like a chandelier.
One of customer said, “It’s like a wedding hall” 🙂
Starting from sunny day today.
Recently, the weather is fine.
It’s hard to go to popular dive sites, because there was still strong wind was blowing from South-East.
I carefully picked dive sites that was not rough.
The 1st dive was Ngerchong Inside.
Many Two-spot snappers and Gold-lined sea-beams were seen.
2nd dive was Thumb our original dive site.
So many Double-lined fusiliers were seen.
Just before entering, we saw a Manta-ray jumped on the surface!
I was thrilled to see her even in the water, but I could not see her.
Last dive was Jake Seaplane.
Many barracudas were seen and Oval Squid was in courtship behavior.
I enjoyed various things not only on airplanes.
The customer who joined our introductory course yesterday came back again today with friend.
We had “Boat Introductory Dive course”, today.
We went to inside reef area.
1st dive was ST. Cardinal.
As the name suggests, lots of Cardinals were seen.
After we watching some butterfly fish & damsels, I found one octopus.
She changed her body color again and again.
She was a master of mimicry!
2nd dive was V6 (Buoy No.6).
Many Bartail fusiliers and Redbelly yellowtail fusiliers were seen.
There was 1 or 2 batfish first and finally it was about 20 to 30 in total.
I tried to search for a turtle in half-trust, but I found her really close at timeout!
She was Hawksbill and was very big!
It was nice drift dive for introductory customers.
The weather was nice yesterday, but today it was raining again!
Temperature was 28 ℃, water temperature was 30 ℃.
Today, we have one boat.
First dive was at German Channel.
5 Manta-ray were seen.
Recently I was diving at good timing every time!
Black and white snappers was preying plankton near the bottom of the water.
2nd dive was at Bento.
Both sites were nice visibility.
It was sunny today too!
Finally the good weather in Palau returned.
Winds weakened and the wind was coming from south, not West.
The sea was becoming calm.
Today’s first dive was Ulong Cliff.
The best visibility, probably about 30 m.
I saw clearly the Bigeye barracuda and batfish in offshore.
The sharks swam around us, many Double-lined fusilier were seen.
2nd dive was Sies Corner.
Visibility was also beautiful here, but it became dropped after.
But it was still clear in deep area.
I saw beautiful barracudas and Rainbow runners.
Also school of pyramid butterflyfish were seen.
I saw 4 – 5 baby gray reef sharks was swimming together.
The last dive today was Grassland.
When we started, Manta suddenly appeared.
Today’s Manta was a service spirit perfectly.
She was showing us her vertical rotation and backward swimming.
Visibility was no better than others, but I was able to enjoy manta dance.
Starting from a light rain today.
I thought the wind got a little calm in the morning, but it was still rough.
Air Temp. was 28 and water was 29 degrees Celsius.
The visibility was between 10 to 18m, amount of suspended particles had become conspicuous.
I encountered cold water in several places.
1st dive was New Drop-off.
There was still surge, but the visibility was not worse than expected.
Diving by seeing the reef wall on the left, saw beautiful Double-lined fusiliers.
Today we had lots of turtles, including sleeping one and ascent for breathing one.
Yellowmargin triggerfish and Titan Triggerfish were becaming aggressive, because they keep their nest during mating season.
Tomorrow is a new moon, after spawning, they will return to peaceful.
2nd dive was Blue Corner.
It was still rough.
We dived by seeing the reef wall on the right.
Double-lined fusiliers tried to flee from mackerel’s & Giant trevally’s attach.
Some sharks joined with the mackerels and chased Double-lined fusiliers from blue water to shallow reef area.
Then it passed by with a great speed from the shallow reef to the blue water area.
It was terrible powerful.
Last dive today was German Channel.
Yes! we saw Manta-ray!
There were many Bartail fusiliers and humpback unicornfishs.
And more Big-eyed soldierfishs were seen.
It was rain almost through the day.
Air Temp was 28, Water was 30 degrees, I felt warmer in underwater than on boat.
Due to Typhoon 8th, it was still windy, and strong rainfall sometimes.
We have 3 dives, today.
Nice visibility and gentle current at Short Drop-off.
Some Green humphead parrotfishs and a Hawksbill were seen.
2nd dive was W-reef.
It was also good visibility here.
We saw Cowtail stringray and Eagle ray.
We went to Chandelier Cave on 3rd dive.
Customer were very happy, because the customer were the one who liked the topography.
The scenery of this cave is the scenery I want you to see once you come to Palau.
I got out of the cave and introduced small fish.
Segmented blenny was so cute.
It was nice fine weather.
But still blow the wind from south.
The West dive sites seemed to be rough.
I decided to go East due to the East wind.
We saw a Manta-ray on the way to East sites.
But today the wind was stronger than yesterday and the ship was rolling so we could not see it enough.
3 dives today.
1st dive was Ngerchong inside.
While swimming slowly while appreciating small Bastard seahorses and spotted garden eels,
we saw Ornate Eagle Ray!
She faded to the deeper area.
Even in our guide even dive like in everyday in Palau, we can not encounter easily and encounter about several times a year.
Closer to the end of the diving, we encounter her again!
Very we were lucky.
2nd dive was Ngermeaus.
We saw huge school of trevally.
It looked like “fish ball”.
Ngermeaus is famous for many kinds of goby.
Even if a person gets closer, these gobys does not easily retract.
I can make it as close as possible. Of course you can also see the shrimp which live together.
3rd dive was “Chuyo Maru” wreck dive.
Huge group of Redbelly yellowtail fusilier were seen.
Today we enjoyed fish while watching cannons and winch of ship with good visibility.
No dive tour today, introductory dive course only.
It was cloudy and rain through the day.
Bit felt cold..
2 customers came from Taiwan joined introductory dive course.
We went to Ngermeaus Island and had 2 introductory dives.
Although Ngermeaus Island is located inside Rock Island, the visibility was quite good today.
We saw many small fish like “Blue Damsel”, “Sky-blue Damsel”, “Scissors-tail sergent” and many kind of Gobbys.
The customers were very happy and they were interested in taking Diving Certification.
We went to Ulong area.
1st dive was Ulong channel.
Many butterfly fish & Masked Bannerfish were seen.
We enjoyed the spectacular the huge cabbage coral.
2nd dive was Grassland.
Many barracuda and batfish were seen.
No mant-ray today.