Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Palau

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Palau

Scuba diving information in Palau

The Republic of Palau provides some of the most exciting and enjoyable dives you may ever do. It is among the world's most spectacular diving and snorkeling destinations and offers a great variety of different kinds of diving from beginners to advanced divers. It features coral reefs, blue holes, WWII wrecks, hidden caves and tunnels, more than 60 vertical drop-offs, and an astonishing spectrum of coral, fish, and rare sea creatures, all easily accessible in clear water with visibility sometimes exceeding 60 meters. Healthy reefs, stunning walls, beautiful hard corals and soft corals are filled with lots of sharks, huge mantas, turtles and huge schools of fish, tiny seahorses, elusive mandarinfish and lots of tiny critters. There are also some evolution leaps: giant clams that weigh a quarter of a ton, for example, and a lake teeming with 21 million softly pulsating, stingless jellyfish. Palau offers visiting divers the opportunity to experience the thrill of close proximity to reef sharks, the luxurious feeling of drifting in the ocean currents along walls saturated with colorful coral, or even the chance to float in a sea of jellyfish without getting stung. Palau has three ocean currents converging in its waters to bring in some of the most varied and dazzling marine life in the world. Every dive brings you close to more than 1,300 types of fish inhabiting the coral lagoon and adjacent islands, like the sharks and barracuda at Blue Corner and the manta rays at German Channel, all in one of the most beautiful islands settings in the Pacific Ocean. The majority of diving in Palau consists of drift diving along the beautiful walls, plateaus and coral gardens of the outer barrier reef. Palau is home to one of the world's unique geographical phenomena, and its crowning glory, the Rock Islands. Their bases are narrower than their tops, causing them to look like emerald-hued mushrooms rising from the turquoise sea. Palau also offers avid wreck divers one of Micronesia's largest collections of WWII shipwrecks. From current swept plateaus to sheltered coral gardens, Palau offers a wonderful range of diving for every level of interest and skill. You can dive the same site again and again and have completely different experiences each time.

Geography and climate

Palau is a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, to the southeast of the Philippines. The Republic of Palau is Micronesia's westernmost island chain. The tightly clustered Palau archipelago consists of over 200 islands covering a distance of around 201 km. Rainfall can occur throughout the year, averaging a total of 3,800 mm, with June to August the wettest months and February to March the driest. The humidity averages 80%. Average air temperature is 21°C to 27°C and water surface temperature is 21°C to 32°C all year round. Visibility averages 50 to 60 meters. It is possible to dive all year round although visibility is reduced by run-off during the July through October monsoons. The best time to dive is between November and April. Although Palau lies outside the main typhoon tracks, it does occasionally get hit.

Entry requirements

To visit Palau you will need a passport. US citizens do not require a visa, and nearly all other visitors can receive a free 30-day tourism visa on arrival. For the latest information, contact your travel agent or the Palau Embassy in your country.

Health and safety

Palau has no vaccination requirements for any traveller. The World Health Organization recommends that all travellers should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox and polio, as well as hepatitis B, regardless of their destination. Palau has had some cases of dengue fever. Avoid mosquito bites by using plenty of repellent, bed nets and, when possible, long sleeves. Always consult your doctor before traveling.

Time zone

UTC +9


Phonecards are available and calls can be made from most hotels in Koror. Internet access and reliability is improving but limited.

Power and Electricity

120V/60Hz (North American plug)

Other Informations

Palau is quite a safe country to visit. Bull Sharks are common in the coastal waters and estuaries, so caution must always be taken while scuba diving or snorkeling

Scuba Diving locations in Palau

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Palau? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Palau, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.


Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Palau

Which locations in Palau have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Palau and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Palau

Which marine species can I observe in Palau? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Palau

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Palau? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Palau.

Scuba Diving centers in Palau

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Palau? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Palau. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

There are no diving centers available

Liveaboards in Palau

Which liveaboard can I dive with in Palau? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Palau. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in Palau

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Palau? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Palau. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

There are no accommodation available