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Palau

The #1 destination on every dive travelers’ bucket-list.

The Rock Islands

Home to Jellyfish Lake & many of the world’s top dive sites.

Dive the world's 1st Shark Sanctuary

In 2009 Palau led the world in shark conservation, becoming the first ever Shark Sanctuary.

Best dive sites in the Pacific

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)

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Palau

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

Palau is an amazing destination for divers and snorkelers alike. Divers will experience some of the world’s best-known dive sites, including walls, wrecks, reefs, caves, blue holes, and incredible drift diving. For non-divers, kayak and snorkeling tours of the legendary Rock Islands are as awe-inspiring as Palau’s world class dive sites.

HOW TO GET THERE

United Airlines offers a flight to and from Palau 6 days a week.

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

Diving – Palau is an amazing destination for big animals. Sharks, turtles, and large fish can be seen on nearly every dive. Rays are also common. Environmental conservation efforts have kept Palau’s marine life and corals healthy and thriving. Dive sites are incredibly varied with coral covered walls, unique drift diving, channels, tunnels, and beautiful blue hole caverns. See videos of Palau’s Unique Dive Expeditions.

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.

Exact dates vary and every hotel is different, but here’s a general rule of thumb for Palau’s 3 ‘seasons’ of tourist traffic:

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

Please be aware of required local permits and airport departure 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.