PalauBlue Holes and stunning drop-offs, teeming with sharks
In the south west corner of the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles east of the Philippines and just north of the Equator, is a group of 328 islands called the Republic of Palau in Micronesia.
Often described as one of the seven underwater wonders of the world, with 700 species of coral and 1500 species of fish, Palau offers some of the best diving in Micronesia. With its huge barrier reef, fascinating Rock Islands and unique freshwater lakes, Palau provides divers with a tremendous variety of experiences and is famous for the large numbers of schooling sharks and spectacular wall diving.
The island of Koror is the main centre of population. This island is linked to the much larger coral island of Babeldaob to the north where the airport is located. A chain of islands stretches out to the south of Koror with beautiful sandy beaches and craggy inlets.
A liveaboard trip will take you through these islands, possibly as far as Angaur and Pelilieu in the south where World War II hideouts and remnants can still be found.
How to get there
Palau is most easily reached through Manila, in the Philippines. There are many airlines operating flights to Manila from the UK and you would need to take a night’s accommodation there prior to continuing your journey to Palau the next day. From Manila, there are direct flights to Palau operating two times per week, travelling on United Airlines. Flight time is just two and a half hours, although the flight times can be at unsociable hours!
Stay a bit a longer
Palau has so much to offer it is likely that you may not be looking to add any other destination to your trip, but there are several options to consider. In Palau itself, there are some wonderful day tours into the heart of the islands and there is so much to see. You can hike into the jungle to stand beneath huge, stunning waterfalls, visit cultural and historical sights including Bai (traditional meeting houses for the men), and see ancient Stone Monoliths dating back to 161 A.D. There are also countless World War II relics scattered around the islands to see.
Whatever you fancy doing, we will be happy to guide you and assist with all your travel needs.
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