Best time to visit
Fish spawning, mantas, sharks, macro, Japanese WWII wrecks, stingless jellyfish
Scuba diving the reefs of Palau in the remote western Pacific is on most divers’ bucket lists. An archipelago of over 500 islands, diving holidays in Palau are best experienced by liveaboard due to the distance between the best dive sites and Koror Island, the capital. Mushroom-shaped islands draped with green jungle, surrounded by turquoise waters and white sand beaches are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to natural beauty. Below the waves, the coral reefs are teeming with life and most notably an excellent balance of big and small.
As well as the reef diving, diving holidays in Palau offer some unique speciality diving including WWII Japanese wrecks and the opportunity to witness mass fish spawning during specific lunar phases. The remote nature of Palau means that access is not straightforward, and that is where Reefscape comes in. With years of experience putting together diving holidays in Palau, we can help you plan a seamless adventure exploring some of the most exciting scuba diving on the planet.
sharks at blue corner
bluelined snapper at new drop-off
Spawning bumphead parrotfish
Palau has been a National Marine Reserve since 2015, with 500,000 square kilometers being a no-take zone. The marine biodiversity is impressive being home to approximately 1,400 fish species, 400 hard corals, 300 soft corals and thousands of invertebrates. Not only this, but pelagic species are in abundance including schooling fish, manta rays, sharks and eagle rays. Diving holidays in Palau are varied with pristine reefs, sheer walls, wrecks, drifts, caves and unique spawning dives.
‘Blue Corner’ is one of the best dive sites known for a plethora of marine life. Vast schools of snapper, barracuda, red-tooth triggerfish are seen as well as sharks, eagle rays, tuna, wahoo and turtles. If luck is on your side, it is possible to encounter hammerhead sharks, manta rays, sailfish and even whales...it is easy to see why this dive site is held in such high esteem. Currents can be strong so divers will often hook on to the reef to watch the spectacle unfold before them.
‘German Channel’, named so as it was occupied by Germain forces in WWII, is a busy cleaning station where manta rays, schooling reef sharks, eagle rays and large shoals of fish. Manta mating season is between December and March, so this is when numbers tend to be highest. Smaller reef dwellers are also in abundance, including nudibranchs, cuttlefish and shrimps.