Best Dive Site: #1 Blue Corner, Palau – #4 German Channel, Palau
Best Wall Dive: #2 Blue Corner, Palau – #4 Big Drop Off, Palau
Most Unusual Dive Site: #2 Chandelier Cave, Palau
(Scuba Diving Magazine’s Top 10 in the Pacific, Indian Ocean & Red Sea)
Palau is a world class dive destination chosen by the National Geographic Society as the first Underwater Wonder of the World. Fed by three major converging ocean currents, Palau is home to more species of marine life than any other area of similar size in the world. 350 islands and atolls host 1,300 species of fish, over 700 species of coral and more unique species than anywhere else on earth.
Palau’s oceans are known world-wide for their abundance of large pelagic animals and other incredible underwater lifeforms, including giant 500-pound clams, dugongs and a lake filled with millions of sting-less jellyfish.
WHAT TO DO
HOW TO GET THERE
Outgoing (Guam to Palau):
Mon-Fri: flights depart around 7-8pm.
Sat: No flight
Sun: flights depart around 10pm.
Return (Palau to Guam):
Mon-Sat: flights depart Palau around 2-3am and arrive to Guam around 5-6am.
Sun: No flight
Kayak tours – Bring your snorkel gear and a waterproof camera and get ready for an amazing adverture through Palau’s beautiful Rock Islands. Kayak tours include a knowledgeable guide, multiple stops to snorkel and visits to hidden coves and other areas not accessible by boat.
Peleliu – About an hour and a half by boat south of Koror, Peleliu is very near to many of Palau’s best dive sites and also rich with WWII history. (Read about the Battle of Peleliu for more info). Due to the long boat trip a group of at least 4 people is required to visit Peleliu as a day tour; alternatively, it is possible to book accommodations and base your dive trip out of this southern island, putting you closer to famous sites like Blue Corner, Blue Holes and German Channel.
Low: Best availability for hotels and generally lower rates. Some hotels do have short seasons within this time of the year.
High: Rates are higher, availability is limited. Book a couple of months in advance for a better chance of availability.
Peak: For the best chance of availability in your hotel or resort of choice, make your booking no later than August. Beyond that time, expect vacancies to fill quickly.
Weather: Palau doesn’t have a dramatic foul-weather season to avoid.
Permits & Fees
These must be paid in cash at your destination and are not included in travel packages.
Permits are purchased through the tour operator at your destination. Departure fees are paid at the airport upon departure.
Koror State permits
Required for diving and all other water activities. Costs are per person (Ages 7 & up), permits valid for 10 days.
- Koror State Rock Island Permit w/ access to Jellyfish Lake – $100.00
- Koror State Rock Island Permit, no access to Jellyfish Lake – $50.00
- Add Jellyfish Lake access to existing permit – $75.00
Peleliu State permits
Costs are per person (Ages 6 & up), permits valid for 10 days. Tour operators may charge a processing fee for permits and/or a surcharge for payment by credit card.
- Scuba diving – $30.00
- All Other Water Activities – $15.00
- Land tour – $10.00
Airport Departure Fee
Palau no longer has a fee required upon departure from the airport. Starting Jan 1, 2018, departure taxes are now included in the cost of airfare.