Micronesia is a group of island states stretching across a huge area of the Pacific Ocean from Kiribati in the east to Palau in the west. Within these groups are thousands of tiny islands, and nations with small populations located just above the Equator. The region is seldom visited, and there are relatively few facilities for travellers, but for divers, Micronesia is one of the best places to enjoy crystal clear waters, coral reefs, tropical fish and World War II underwater wrecks.
Palau is one of the republics. Located east of The Philippines it has been described as being the number one underwater wonder of the world.
There are over 50 existing dive sites, each possessing distinct characteristics and individual personalities, around the islands of Palau, and here are just of few of the very best:
Chandelier Cave is a sub-surface catacombs of rooms filled with massive, ancient icicle-shape stalactites deposits that simultaneously hang from the ceilings of cavernous openings.
The Ngemelis Wall, commonly known as the Big Drop-Off, which Jacques Cousteau said was the best wall dive in the world, has a precipitous 1,000 feet drop which confers a profusion of intriguing sights of soft corals and reef animals.
Blue Corner the most famous of Palau’s underwater attractions, shows off constantly cruising gray reef sharks searching the rich waters for their prey. Also seen are schools of barracuda, giant resident Napoleon Wrasse that often reach six feet in length, snappers and butterfly fish.
Siaes Tunnel, with its enormous cavern bathed in ethereal blue light and peppered with sea fans and ancient bushes of black coral, is an unparalleled aesthetic dive. On its spotless, white sand bottom can often be seen whit tip reef sharks and black spotted stingrays slumbering.
The Ngerchong Coral Gardens is famous for its fabulous variety of intricate coral formations and high concentrations of small, schooling reef fish. Additionally, World War II relics randomly dot the underwater seascape with an almost perfect sense of dispersion; displaying haunting wrecks over 40 World War II Japanese seaplanes and shipwrecks.
Then there are the incredible Rock Islands, probably most loved dive spot in Palau. Beneath each of her more than 424 islands, is an ocean of dazzling gardens replete with luminous, rainbow-like collection of fish and crustaceans.
This is where you will find Jellyfish Lake, thousands of Golden Jellyfish call this 12,000 year old lake home and although they have stingers they don’t seem to harm humans. You can only snorkel here as the bubbles from scuba gear have been shown to harm the jellyfish, and also because the water has high levels of hydrogen sulfide, which can be fatal to divers who descend below 15 metres.