This remote island nation comprises roughly 300 islands that are
around halfway between Guam and the Philippines. It's not the
easiest of places to get to, but the sheer level of marine
biodiversity (Palau has over 1,300 species of fish, 300 species of
soft coral, and 400 species of hard coral) makes it well worth the
extra travel time.
Given its off-the-beaten-path location, Palau can't compete with
when it comes to luxurious resorts, but the country does have its
fair share of comfortable and stylish accommodations like the
Palau Pacific Resort, a favourite with our team.
The Blue Corner is by far the most famous dive site in the
country and a must-visit during any luxury diving holiday in Palau.
Diving the Blue Corner is an exhilarating experience thanks to the
changing currents and high volumes of wildlife that these currents
attract. It's a fun-filled drift dive (only suitable for advanced
divers), with large schools of jacks, barracudas and snappers, as
well as hammerheads, tiger sharks and bull sharks if you're
Other than the infamous Blue Corner, Palau's other impressive
dive sites include Peleliu Wall and Helmet Wreck.
Peleliu Wall is just off Peleliu Island with an average depth of
between eight to 15 metres. Peleliu Wall has a reputation as
Palau's most stunning wall dive, with a plethora of coral and sea
fans, and a fun swim-through halfway through the dive. Divers can
encounter a wide range of creatures here, from sharks and manta
rays, to groupers and turtles. The site experiences regular strong
currents, making it suitable for advanced divers only.
Helmet Wreck is another must-visit dive site when luxury diving
in Palau. The Japanese Army Cargo Ship was discovered in the late
1980s, and although it doesn't have an official name, it's been
dubbed 'Helmet Wreck' due to the large number of helmets inside.
The vessel is 189ft long, with the stern resting at 14 metres and
the bow resting at 33 metres. There's lots to discover here,
including piles of gas masks, ammunition and other cargo.
Palau's Blue Corner may be on many diver's bucket lists already,
but with a wide range of interesting dive sites, wonderful hotels
and stunning beaches, there are many more reasons why luxury diving
in Palau is fantastic. If you're planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip
to Palau, our expert team can create a tailor-made
itinerary to suit your needs.