Palau is not the easiest place to get to, but perhaps it's the
country's very remoteness that makes it so special. Its population
of just 19,000 is spread over some 300 islands, many of which are
uninhabited. As your plane approaches the tiny airport of Koror,
Palau's capital, you can gaze down on a pristine paradise of
volcanic emerald mushrooms clad in lush vegetation.
World-class diving with stunning marine biodiversity
Palau offers truly world-class diving, with something for divers
and snorkellers at all levels. With over 1,500 species of fish and
700 species of coral, the biodiversity here is truly enormous, and
it is all carefully protected by the Koror State Rangers. Blue
Corner is Palau's most well-known dive, but there are also plenty
of shallow dives, including wrecks suitable for snorkelling.
Blue Corner has entered diving folklore as one of the world's
greatest dives; seasoned divers come back year after year.
Originally a fishing spot, the site is washed by powerful currents
which bring with them the big stuff. With generally excellent
visibility in season, you have a great chance of seeing large
number of sharks, schools of barracuda, king mackerel, tuna, giant
and blue fin trevally, all out in the blue. On a good day, this is
your best chance to see more large pelagics and schools of big fish
on a single dive than probably anywhere else in the world.
Great diving in Palau, a great boat and a good hotel
Palau is far from a one-dive pony however, and there are plenty
of world-class sites to keep you occupied. So many of the dive
sites here are simply unforgettable.
Palau's economy relies heavily on tourists, mainly divers, but
it is surprisingly difficult to find stylish hotels. However, after
a visit ourselves, we have found one so that once you have
travelled all the way to this remote land, you can have great
diving and a great hotel.