Thanks to adrenaline-fuelled currents and plenty of shark
action, Blue Corner is one of the world's best-known dive sites.
Located on the western edge of Ngemelis Island, the site features a
triangular reef plateau jutting out from a deep wall. As the
currents hit the reef wall, they whip over the plateau, delivering
nutrient-rich water to blizzards of fish life, which in turn
attracts big predators...
Divers can get a front row seat to all this action while hooked
into the plateau. On a bad day, you might only see 20 sharks, but
on a good day, you can see up to 50 grey reef and whitetip sharks
patrolling the current.
To get the most from the king of the advanced diving in Palau,
aim to dive Blue Corner at least three times: once on an incoming
tide, once on an outgoing tide, and once on a slack tide. Incoming
and outgoing tides allow you to dive different sides of the
plateau, and slack tides allow you to explore the top of the
plateau without being blown off the sides...
While many of Palau's signature dives precede careful
consideration of tide tables, Peleliu Express is a different beast.
There's a big clue in the name as to why this dive site is among
the more advanced diving in Palau, but when the currents are
pumping, the sharks come out to play.
After descending into the blue, you truly get a feel for the
speed of the current as a swift drift towards the wall's end
usually ensues. As you near the end of the wall, you can hook in
and watch big grey reef sharks cruising effortlessly, and there's
always the chance of a silky or a silvertip showing up too...
The Iro Maru Wreck
Iru Maru, a WWII Japanese navy oiler ship, met her watery demise
in 1944, during the US 'Operation Discrete One' offensive. Today,
she rests halfway between Blue Corner and Koror harbour. The wreck
is largely protected from the currents, but its 40-metre depth
makes it more suitable for those looking for more advanced diving
in Palau. The structure is festooned with colourful corals, and
among the highlights is the coral-encrusted gun perched at the bow.
Peering over the starboard side of the bow reveals the anchor
chain, which takes you down to the area where the fatal torpedo
struck almost 80 years ago.
The former tanker's loading towers reach upwards from the deck
and allow you to shallow up as the dive nears its end, and a glance
down reveals the full scale of the hulking 470-foot-long
Our team of dive travel specialists can help you put together a
dream itinerary to enjoy its advanced diving. In Palau, home of
some of the world's most iconic drift dives, you can also explore
WWII wrecks and the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Rock Islands,
as you move from one epic drift dive to the next. A glance at a map
may make it seem like it's half the world away, but the diving in
Palau is on an entirely different planet altogether!