Dive Travel

Palau- Most Memorable Dive Trip Ever

Last year we ran our first ever dive trip to Palau, Micronesia. It was the most memorable dive trip I have been on. 

 

Palau Scuba Diving

Climate: Average is 27c  year around
Dry Season: January – May
Wet Season: July – September
Water Temperature average: 27c degrees year around
Visibility: Up to 30m
Currency: US dollars
Electricity: 110/120 volts
Language: English is spoken through the islands 

We arrived early morning in Palau and were transferred to the Sea Passions hotel, which is one of the nicest hotels I have stayed in. The hotel has spectacular views of the surrounding area. Walking into the main foyer, we were greeted by smiling attendants, who took our bags and showed us to our rooms. We then got ourselves ready and headed to the dive shop to complete the first of our dives for the trip. With a 45min ride to the first dive site, I thought it would take forever, but most of the journey involved zipping in and out of the small rock islands that Palau is famous for, which was spectacular and had us there in no time! We started the diving fairly easy, with a couple of nice shallow coral garden dives. 

Coral Garden Palau

Coral Garden

 

These 2 dives were a great way to start the trip, as they gave everyone a chance to settle into the diving routine, while providing some beautiful hard and soft corals, small critters and fish life for everyone to feast their eyes on. At the conclusion of the dives, we took another scenic ride back, where we then spent the evening at the hotel next to the outdoor pool and garden bar that extends over the water. Nice!  

Bernadette Sawtell Comments: Wish I could go again this year, Palau had everything I wanted. Big sealife,lots and lots of sharks, Manta Ray, Nautilus and even one Hammerhead!! Small colourful stuff, deep deep bluest water I’ve ever seen!! Great local guides and Abyss did all the hard work to make it easy. Did I mention the Manta Rays and the Hammerhed shark?! 

The following day we all sat down to our first complimentary breakfast of pancakes, bacon, sausage, hash brown, eggs of your choice, cereals, fruits, toast, juices, hot beverages, and a number of other self serve dishes. We then headed out for our next 2 dives. These dives were conducted as drift dives on walls with sheer drop offs. These sites had some of the best soft corals I have ever seen. 

Soft Coral

Soft Coral

 

The gentle currents on these dives allowed us to drift easily and conserve air. The average visibility on these dives was 25m and the temperature at 30m deep was a warm 26 degrees….. On the way back we stopped for a residual dive on a Japanese sea plane, which is still in tact and sits upright in approx 10m of water. 

Manta Ray

Manta on Drift Dive

 

That evening we had dinner at the local bar next to the dive shop, which served amazing fresh sashimi, seafood, steaks and more! It was a great place to watch the sun go down and enjoy the company of other divers, dive staff and the locals. 

Japanese Plane wreck

One of many wrecks to dive

 

So if you want a great divinig holiday the come on our next trip to Palau is 18-25 April

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