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:
It was totally flat!
I often met batfish at Ulong cliff.
They were very friendly, I signaled by hand “come, come”
then they followed us and were swimming around us.
When we leaved the Sies Tunnel,
Big Group of Pacific bonito were seen.
All that shines glittery in picture were bonito!
It was very exciting strong current at Sies Corner.
All the black & white snappers were swimming with head down,
because up current was so strong.
There was not many sharks at top of Sias Corner hooking area, but huge group of beautiful Bartail fusilier were seen.
Today I thought it will be raining through the day from the morning but good weather during the trip!
The wind was weak, the waves ware calm and no other boat was coming.
Water temperature 30 ℃, air temperature 31 ℃
It was hot!
We had one boat, today.
I went to east side original sites (Thumb, Crescent Wall and Zero).
I saw Big/Med/Small size of grey reef sharks.
A few dozen had come.
They spin round and round my eyes.
Also many Bananafish was seen.
A school of Barracudas coming and we ware surrounded.
I felt the best.
Near the end of dive, two small Devilrays came.
I could not lose my concentration until the end of dive.
Today was also hot and hot. . . It was intense.
In the morning the southwest wind became strong for a moment but later was fine.
The Sias Corner, it was blue!
The sun shines brilliantly and the coral was really colorful.
I would like to choose this diving, if this is the last diving in my life.
The current was gentle and plenty fish there.
It was awesome.
School of Pyramid butterflyfish & Bananafish.
Scenery that you never get tired of…
More than two hundreds of batfish were seen on 2nd dive.
It was my first time seeing a group of such sizes in Palau.
We went to Peleliu, yesterday & today.
We could see big spawning scene on both day.
Bull shark & Blacktip shark also appeared in spawning place.
As everywhere around us was turned white, because they spawning at a distance that seems to collide.
After a while, the Giant trevallies joined up.
What a luxurious diving it was!
And there were no other divers than us.
We could had a wonderful sight!
We went to New Drop-off, Virgin hole and Blue Corner, today.
There was no wind, the water surface was smooth like mirror.
In the Virgin hole, it was just gorgeous.
Today was unfortunately cloudy from the rain, it was not feeling of Palau.
It had become cloudy with rain all day.
Air temp was 29 degree instead water was 30.
It was warmer in the water, today.
We had 3 boats, today.
I went to Ulong area.
Horse mackerel ran after Horse mackerel in Glassland.
Also dog tooth tuna chase after, it was powerful full mark.
We had 2 boats, today.
The water had been clear at German Channel.
2 Manta-Rays were seen.
2nd dive was Blue Corner.
It was strong current and we saw big group of Bigeye trevallies and
school of Barracuda on the shallow reef area.
3rd dive was Blue Corner again.
We saw lots of Giant trevallies.
We saw Manta-ray at Grassland, yesterday & today.
Some customer asked me, “What a big Manta-ray it was, Was her size more than 10m?”
Huh, I don’t think so…(It was the biggest number ever I heard)
Second dive was at Sies Corner.
Along with Wall left, slow current.
Best visibility, The coral were colorful & shining.
Plenty fish, I didn’t lose interest during dive.
A turtle swam with us 15 minutes since we started.
It was looks like in the TV or Movie, swim with shining turtle.
All divers were melted by her cuteness!
It was healing dive.
We had 3 boats today.
Two were early morning dive tour.
Group of Golden Spadefish and Giant Trevallys were seen at Peleliu Express.
3rd dive was Yellow Wall, and we saw huge school of Sailfin Snapper.
Ms Ando, thanks for donating such amazing photos!
We saw big group of Batfish at Ulong Cliff.
We had 2 boats going to Blue Hole & Blue Corner.
It was slow current, but had seen lots of fish.
One Sailfish was seen to offshore.
We dive Blue Corner again for 3rd dive to see her.
But didn’t make it…
(No one was able to take her picture..)
Many many kind of fish was dancing at Blue Corner.
Although it was not good visibility, but we saw beautiful tornado of Bigeye trevally at German Channel.
2 boats went to W-reef area.
First dive was at W-reef.
Although it was strong current at the starting point, then became weaken.
We saw beautiful big Sea Fan and almost 20 of baby sharks and barracudas.
We had 3 boats.
Wind was getting strong because small Typhoon closing.
No other boat came to Blue Hole, it was very clear inside the hole.
Many sharks were seen at Blue Corner.
We had 3 boats, today.
There was no Manta-ray at German Channel.
(We haven’t seen them for a while, where they gone?)
At Blue Corner, it was slow current and the usual guys were seen.
(Turtles, Barracudas, Humphead Wrasse)
2 boats went to Ulong area.
Slow good current at Sies Corner.
We saw big Dogtooth Tuna & Turtle.
2 boats went to Ngemelis area.
Blue Corner & New Drop-off had good visibility.
No Manta-ray at German Channel.
(Only boat captain saw 2 Manta-rays from the boat)
We had 4 boats today.
This week it is a bit busy because three round-trip flights from Japan are coming.
We had 3 boats today.
Two went to Ngmelis area & one went to Ulong area.
Manta Ray was seen at both German Channel & Grassland.
Manta Ray at Grassland was Black Manta Ray.
Many Buffalo fish were doing breeding behavior at Grassland.
We had two boats, today.
One went to North East area (Galaxy, Rock Station, West Passage).
The other went to Grassland, Ulong Cliff and Marline Lake.
School of Batfish was seen at Ulong Cliff.
One of our boats went to early morning dive to Peleliu.
There’s countless Sailfin Snappers and Giant Trevallys.
Full of customers, we had 3 boat, today.
One boat went to Peleliu area.
Two dives in “Peleliu Express” & one dive at “Yellow wall”
We saw tons of Sailfin snapper.
Also big Blacktip shark was seen.
We had early morning dive tour today.
We went to Shark City & Blue Corner.
Beautiful visibility at Shark City.
At Blue Corner, the kind and amount of fish were not endless, but many!
Blue holes with good visibility and full of sunlight, I wanted to stay like this forever.
Every year, tns of thousands of blue-lined sea bream are gathered at yellow wall in Peleliu!
It’s show time!!!