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Palau - Koror

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Overview

Koror is the biggest urban dwelling in Palau and is a great place to base yourself when visiting this beautiful country. It is the country’s economic and commercial hub and is within close proximity to some of Palau’s most spectacular and interesting sights. Take a trip to the famous Jellyfish Lake, learn about local heritage and culture at a local museum or bai, visit an ancient monolith, or visit one of the WWII relics left behind. 

Koror has a laid back south pacific feel, with a variety of accommodation options, quaint cafes and restaurants and chilled out diver focussed bars.

 

The average year-round temperature is 28 °C, with wet weather year-round with more frequent rainfall between July and October.

Diving

Overview

Palau is world-renowned for its marine biodiversity and an abundance of large pelagic animals. The area offers avid wreck divers one of Micronesia’s most extensive collections of WWII shipwrecks. From current swept plateaus to sheltered coral gardens, you will find an incredible range of diving for every level of interest and skill. The majority of diving is drift diving along the walls, plateaus and coral gardens of the outer reef, with the dive boat following along from the surface to meet you upon ascent.

Before and during WWII, Palau became a significant tactical advantage to the Japanese war effort. Subsequently, the American Navy launched operation ‘DESECRATE I’ on March 31, 1944, resulting in more than 60 ships being sunk. The wrecks rest at depths ranging from 20m to 40m.

Experience the sites that make Palau one of the top dive destinations in the world: the sharks of Blue Comer, the manta rays of Devilfish City and German Channel, and the coral reefs and stunning drop-offs teeming with marine life.

Many liveaboard ships also operate in the waters of Palau

 

Water Temperature
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27ºC, 3mm wetsuit or rashie

 

Dive Season

Diving is excellent year-round; the best diving season is considered to be between late November and early June.

Dive Highlights

The Ngemelis Drop-Off

The Ngemelis Drop-Off is considered to be one of the world's best wall dives. This dive starts in water just knee-deep, the wall drops off vertically for nearly 300 meters. Divers can free-float past a brilliant rainbow of sponges and soft corals whose intense blues, reds, or pure whites form a backdrop for quivering nine-foot orange and yellow sea fans and giant black coral trees.

 

Blue Corner

Blue Corner is regarded as one of the best single dives on earth! The wall is vertical and deep and is known for its sheer abundance of underwater life. There are large pelagic fish; schooling barracudas; tropical fish in every variety; turtles; guaranteed sharks; hard corals; soft corals; and fan corals. Strong tidal currents nourish this chain of life. The best diving is from 15 to 24 meters. Not a dive for beginner divers.

 

Blue Holes

Blue Holes is a vast cavern on the north side of Ngemelis Island. Four big holes on the ceiling enable a lot of ambient light to penetrate the cave and create excellent photo opportunities. Maximum depth is 30 meters.

 

Big Drop Off

This steep wall offers a fantastic formation of soft and hard corals and a healthy population of reef fish. The best of Big Drop Off lies relatively shallow in 2 - 17m, which also makes it an excellent snorkelling area.

 

German Channel

This is a shallow, man-made channel, blasted by the German's in the early 1900's. It was used to move excavated phosphates between the port of Koror and Angaur Island.

Connecting the lagoon to the outer reef, this channel is frequented by an array of impressive creatures, most notably Manta Rays. The strong currents in the area attract plankton, which in turn, attract pelagics. The cleaning stations dotted around the mouth of the channel at 18m allow divers to view these majestic animals from only a few meters away. There is a coral garden located at 7m, dropping down to 13m.

 

Helmet Wreck (10 - 31m)

Small supply ship, stern gun and shells, depth charges and radial engines for zero fighters in the cargo hold.

 

Buoy #6 Wreck (26m)

Patrol boat, best wreck for macro photography, excellent night dive.

 

'Jake' Japanese Navy Seaplane (13m)

Floatplane, intact (bomb radios, etc. are still around)

 

USS Perry (82m)

The only US shipwreck in Micronesia. A 315ft (96m) long, Clemson-class destroyer. Sunk after hitting a mine on September 14, 1944.

 

Chuyu Maru (35 - 23m)

Freighter, stern gun and shell, bridge intact, engine room, many Lion Fish.

 

Iro (23 - 35m)

Fleet oiler, large coral-encrusted bow and stem guns, open engine room.

 

Amatzu Maru (30 - 14m)

Tanker, largest wreck in Micronesia, many black coral bushes.

 

Activities

Kayaking

Kayaking or canoeing is the perfect way to explore the hidden network of saltwater lakes, mangrove forests, marine tunnels, tropical beaches and caverns. A speedboat shuttle service to and from the kayak sites eliminates a long-distance paddle, enabling you to concentrate on the wonders of Palau. Visit the remains of ancient Palauan villages where stone paths and ceremonial stone podiums tell us the story of the past.

 

Nature

With over 350 islands to explore a well-balanced tour with a variety of activities would include: light paddling combined with snorkelling, bird- watching and hiking. Explore caves, adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, within the rock islands.

 

Culture

Take in the history of Palau's WWII past, such as the Japanese forts, lighthouses and other installations. Or visit a museum or Bai for insight into local heritage and culture. Don't miss out on a visit to Koror's jail if you would like to take home a traditional Palau storyboard. These boards are made voluntarily by inmates to earn money to support their families.

 

Operators

Cove Resort - Palau
Palasia Hotel - Koror
Palau Pacific Resort
Palau Royal Resort
Palau Central Hotel
Sams Dive Tours

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