As mentioned, Blue Corner is practically synonymous with drift
diving in Palau
and is considered to be one of the best dive sites on the
The reef plateau juts out into the open ocean with a steep
drop-off into the depths below. Thanks to its location, Blue Corner
is at the mercy of strong currents which attract huge numbers of
grey reef sharks as well as schooling jacks, barracudas and
Napoleon wrasses. Extremely lucky divers may even spot passing
whale sharks, bull sharks and eagle rays out in the inky blue.
The site's challenging current lends itself to experienced
divers only. On a typical dive, divers enter the water and drift
towards the corner, before hooking into the plateau to enjoy the
After Blue Corner, Blue Holes is the next most popular site when
it comes to drift diving in Palau. It's extremely close to Blue
Corner and many divers actually start their dive at Blue Holes and
drift over to Blue Corner.
Divers enter through one of the four large holes on the surface
of the reef and descend into the huge ethereal cavern below, which
is decorated with sea fans and wire coral. The cavern has two
windows leading out into the open ocean. Usually, once divers exit
the cave, there's a 50-metre swim against the current, before the
current reverses and carries divers over to Blue Corner.
Our last must-visit for drift diving in Palau is Ulong Channel,
located on the western side of Ulong Island. This thrilling drift
dive begins with divers jumping in at the mouth of the channel and
drifting over vibrant soft and hard corals, often among large
groups of reef sharks as well as schools of snappers, jacks and
barracudas. From April to July, large groups of groupers gather in
the channel to spawn during the full moon - a relatively rare sight
since groupers are usually solitary creatures.
The site is renowned for its strong and unpredictable currents,
making it suitable for advanced divers only - it's not unusual for
the current to suddenly change direction during the dive, so divers
must be prepared for this.
There are some incredible places to go drift diving in
Palau, from the world-famous Blue Corner to Ulong Channel. If
you're thinking about visiting this breath-taking archipelago on
your next holiday, our team can assist you with creating the
itinerary of a lifetime.