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:
6:19am this morning, there was an M5 class Earthquake.
I woke up by an intense vertical shock.
But there is no severe damage in the land.
No Tsunami happened.
The earthquake is very rare in Palau.
Believe it or not, we saw a 3-4m Robust Hammer Head Shark at Grassland today.
Her and our distance was only 5m.
No one took photo, because she swam away very quickly.
We went to Blue Hole and Blue Corner today.
We enjoyed good dive with nice visibility.
School of barracuda was seen at Blue Corner.
Happy Dive 🙂
We went to German Channel, New Drop-off and Blue Corner today.
New Drop-off & Blue Corner had good follow current and we saw lots of school of fish.
Three Manta Rays were seen at German Channel.
Although it was occasionally rain, wind has change from west to east.
Blue Corner area is calm and easy entry & exit.
Dry Season is coming, our best season just started!
Enjoy diving in Palau!
3 (might be 4?) Manta Rays were seen at Grassland.
By one of them turned around and around a coral rock.
We have many special event tours.
Full moon today and it’s time to see fish spawning scene.
Today, we had early morning tour to see snapper spawning.
Twinspotted snapper’s spawning was seen at Shark City.
Huge school of Neon fusilier was seen at German Channel.
The influence of the typhoon also weakened today, and we went to the Blue corner for the first time in a long time! And the beach cleaning by the Palau Diving Association was held. We cleaned up on the beaches of three islands and collected a lot of drifting garbage.
Today the wind was still strong and condition was also no good, but we saw 3 Manta ray at the stadium!!!
The wind is very strong under the influence of typhoon. We went to Ngerchong today and introduction dive was Ngarmeaus Is. The big school of yellow stripe scad are seen in Ngarmeaus beach. Predators are always aiming the fish school!
The typhoon has left but the wind is still strong with the approach of a new low pressure. On such a day, you can enjoy our original points in east side! !!
Today we went to the Ulong area for the first time in a week.
Were sharks also hungry during the typhoon period? Today we saw many sharks chasing the school of fish.
Yellow mask angelfish is very common in Palau. But I can hardly meet that baby.
Today we met a baby lucky!!!
The typhoon gradually moved away from Palau, but it was still a windy day.
Wreck diving is recommended on such a day. Today we went to Helmet Wreck, one of the popular wreck points. This wreck was discovered on Jan.1990 and is a WWⅡ Japanese ship. The real name is unknown. Previously many helmets were seen in the cabin, so it is called Helmet Wreck. Currently the helmet is mostly decayed and can not be seen.
Typhoon “LAN” was just leaving from Palau, it is still very windy.
But we enjoyed two wreck dives, Helmet wreck & Hafa Adai without problem.
The weather will be restored this weekend.
It rained all day today.
We went to Ngerchong inside & outside.
Both sites were good visibility.
We went to Ulong Channel, Grassland and Sias Corner.
All sites were good condition, but the visibility of Sias Corner in particular was splendid.
One Eagle-ray was seen at Sias Corner.
We went to dive at German Channel.
Unfortunately no Manta Ray was seen, but we saw big Hawksbill.
We went to Grass Land, Sias Corner and Iro, today.
School of big barracuda made tornado shape at Sias Corner.
Great Barracuda was seen at Blue Corner.
We went to New Drop-off & Blue Corner today.
Visibility of both sites were pretty good, over 20m.
One Manta-ray was seen at German Channel.
We went to New Drop-off, Blue Corner and German Channel, today.
All of site were good visibility.
Very good visibility at Blue Corner, today.
We saw very big school of big-eye trevally .