Dive in Palau

The island of Palau’s rich and vigorous reefs can give wealth to the marine life; it also helps in the development of corals and some wrecks.

Dive Sites In Palau

Amatsu Maru

Amatsu Maru is situated at the western part of Malakal Anchorage of Palau. It is also named as Black Coral Wreck because of its abundant hedge plants of Black Coral which prettify the guardrails of ship as well as the superstructure. This dive site is the biggest shipwreck all over Micronesia as well as the deepest Japanese wreckage throughout Palau.

In March 1944, there was an air attack operation and then the oil tanker submerged in the island of Palau. The tanker was partly reclaimed after the warfare. There are several of submerged and aground ships were reclaimed in Palau past the battle. The restorers weighed down the fragmented metal on a few of the re-drifted ships to pull haul them back towards Japan.

This dive site does not have a marker buoy; the dive conductor will track down the wreckage followed by tying the boat towards a marker line. The diving will usually commences within the arch part of the ship.
Amatsu Maru has a variety of sea water fishes. Its reef formation is about 40 meters buildup bottom, there is no coral reefs within the wreckage however.

Dive Experience: Advanced
Visibility: 24 meters at the arch to 6 meters at the austere
Depth: The ship is lying standing around 40 meters and the floor is around 30 meters
Currents: None

Bichu Maru

It ought to be held at first that there is still dispute even now with regard to whether this wreckage is truly of the Bichu Maru. So it has been opted to go through the name at any rate and indicates as well that the dive site is referred to as The Whiteface Wreck on the other hand because of its nearness towards an exposed corner of pale big stones. It is located near to Uruktapal Island.

Bichu Maru wreck is about 360 feet long load boat reclines on its port section in 40 meters of water. Given that the cargo spaces are unfilled, access is easy at this juncture tolerating a totally free swim towards the engine area. The majority of the timbered decks have putrefied away; however this does permit almost unremitting sights of the outer surface and the chances for photography are superb even though visibility is not good in general. There are no weapon remains however the anchors are still unbroken.

Visibility: 7 meters to 20 meters
Depth: 40 meters
Current: Weak
Best Time to Dive: December to June
How to Get There: By boat in 10 minutes from Koror

Hammerhead Sharks

You would think that people would be afraid, but one of Lombok’s most famous attractions is the hammerhead sharks. In one of its most famous dive sites, called the Hammerhead Shark Point, a diver would be able to witness not only hammerhead sharks but other marine animals and beautiful corals in great packs and varieties swimming afloat the vast entirety of the West Indonesian coast.

According to experts, there are two kinds of hammerhead sharks can be found in the Hammerhead Shark Point, as well as in Magnet, another popular hammerhead sighting site – the small hammerhead shark, which can be around three to four meters in length, and the Great Hammerhead Shark, which can be around four to six meters in length. The Magnet is the one of the only three places in the world where you can see both kinds of hammerhead sharks (the other being the Philippines and Costa Rica). Even if they can be seen in most parts of the world, it is a rare sight to see them in schools containing big numbers. Besides hammerhead sharks, the diversity of fishes found here is vast – from barracudas to dog tooth tunas, from mackerels to many species of rays.

You will be lucky to see hammerheads because some divers, even at the appointed season, fail to see these sharks swimming about. To see the hammerhead sharks, the diver also has to descend to around 60 meters below.

It is good to point out though that the diving experience at the Shark Point is a little bit dangerous. Some guides even require that diver should have a diver’s certificate or an account of a minimum of fifty dives, because the initial drop will have strong currents of six knots up to around 20 meters.

Dive Experience: Expert to Master, Certificated Preferred
Current: Strong
Visibility: 7 to 20 meters
Depth: 20 to 80 meters
Best Time to Dive: June to September
Getting There: five-minute boat ride from Teluk Sepi

Turtle Cove

Turtle Cove is situated at Southwestern reefs of Palau. The dive site consists of 2 anchoring buoys, one towards the east and one close to the Mini Blue Hole. Quite a few amazements wait for the watchful scuba diver. The dive site is actually a well-known stopping over area for lunchtime. Listen closely with the noise of fishing boats that pass by and above your head when diving or snorkeling. Take careful attention prior to surfacing; make use of an essential surface marker buoy to notify fishing boat operators towards your position.

Turtle Cove’s reef stretches out in the vicinity of Ngercheu Island. Atop the reef is the Mini Blue Hole that measures around 5 meters by 3 meters that significantly form a huge cave. The main way out towards the reef is around 17 meters to 25 meters. Over the reef wall, you’ll find so many tiny caverns, archways, and shelves which could be discovered. This dive site is known as a vertical reef wall down towards approximately 30 meters then it tilts off over and above 65 meters. Within the area of the wall, you will find a flat terrain at somewhere between 6 meters to 13 meters.

The marine life of Turtle Cove is verdant. Try to find huge schools of snappers, Jacks, Anthias, Pyramid Butterflyfish, Yellowtail Fusiliers and Moorish Idols. At times, sharks such as grey reef are visible hanging around across the surface of the reef. Emperor Angelfish, Regal and Blueface are around every corner across the border and atop the reef. Should you be very fortunate, maybe you might even see turtles. Leopard Sharks and Whitetip Sharks enjoy lying within the sandy overspill at the aperture within the Blue Hole way out.

Dive Experience: Beginner 
Visibility: 17 meters to 35 meters
Depth: 30 meters
Currents: Typically none

Virgin Blue Hole

Virgin Blue Hole is situated at the western part of Ngemelis Island. This dive site’s reef sets out at New Drop Off and then extends throughout Fairyland and edges at Blue Corner. The diving typically starts off along at the anchoring marker towards the south of this dive site. Once in a while, in the event the tide is incredibly low or even the wave is substantial, the diving will start off down across the external wall as well as towards to the tunnel rift.

The reef wall’s edge commenced 1 meter to 1.5 meters coming from the flat surface, then falls to 35 meters in which it shifts with a sand runoff and worn out coral formations. A spherical gap around 30 meters through the entire reef towards a cavern that has a sandy bottom. A tunnel of about 10 meters wide and 50 meters long links the tunnel to the open ocean. A scuba diver can take off the tunnel in both routes. The wall towards to north is regarded as the most fascinating. There are 4 deep valleys nick through the reef not to mention making apertures, crevices, and tiny caverns to discover.

Getting into the Virgin Blue Hole through the surface of the reef, you are likely to go down by way of a tunnel towards a grotto 30 meters in depth. For videographers or photographers, snapping up shots in the direction of the surface provides excellent silhouette photographs. The shaft exits the reef towards the western side. A torch is advised to boost the colorations with the sea fans as well as the soft corals over the threshold of the shaft. The shaft exit is around 40 meters. Go up to 15 meters to 20 meters; shelving the wall to your right. Swim down the wall, soon enough you may arrive at the very first from the four canyons. Take the time to check out the countless tiny caverns, archways and shelves discovered across the reef.

Butterflyfish are well known due to their dazzling coloration patterns. Their family comprises approximately 100 species that come about largely in the tropical waters. They are active throughout the hours of sunlight and try to get shelter nearby the surface of the reef in the evening, typically transforming their pigmentation.

Dive Experience: Advanced
Visibility: 13 meters to 33 meters
Currents: Can be strong

Yellow Wall

Yellow Wall is situated at the northeast to the expressway of Peleliu and southeast of the island. This dive spot is named right after the Tubastraea faulkneri or golden yellow tube corals which cover the wall across this reef’s section.

The Wall of reef has quantity of crevices, archways, and tiny caverns to discover throughout the dive. Apart from the yellow tube corals, the reef comes with a multi-colored soft corals as well as a plethora of hard corals.

The reef of Yellow Wall is renowned due to its multicolored yellow corals; however the reef thrives as well with diverse fishes. In the event the wave is running – tuna, sharks and other huge pelagic fishes can be observed.

At the reef’s top, there can be found Emperors, groupers, sweetlips, eels as well as wrasse. Be cautious for turtles for they are fond of eating the yellow tube corals.

Dive Experience: intermediate to expert
Visibility: 13 meters to 40 meters
Depth: 13 meters to 40 meters
Currents: Can be strong

Dive Sites In Palau

<p class=”intro”><span style=”color: #ffffff;”>For great diving and snorkelling sites, Lankayan Island is certainly climbing to charts. To protect the marine life in this gem like island, it was declared part of Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA).</span></p>
<span style=”color: #ffffff;”>The island is not populated, which made it a paradise with all the nature’s beauty very much intact. Clear blue waters, pristine beaches and lush vegetation make such an inviting treat to your awaited holiday. March to May marked regular sightings of the gigantic gentle sea creature, whale shark. As the island is a nesting place and foraging ground of green and hawksbill turtles, guests have the chance to observe them lay the eggs and the hatchlings release to the sea.</span>

<span style=”color: #ffffff;”>Lankayan is favored by couples seeking a getaway both romantic and secluded. For all the underwater richness this island hosts, this place is a divers’ haven. If either or both of these reasons apparently brought you here, make way to realize all your expectations.</span>

<span style=”color: #ffffff;”>Best Time to Dive Diving in Lankayan is at its best from March to May. The weather is just perfect to make the most out of the diving and snorkelling trips around the area.</span>

<span style=”color: #ffffff;”>Getting there and around International entry point is Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah. There are various airlines to choose from especially coming from places such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hongkong and Bangkok. If coming from Sarawak, land transportation is available to get to Kota Kinabalu. From Kota Kinabalu, a domestic flight will be taken to get to Sandakan. A 15-minute land travel follows to get to Sandakan Yacht Club jetty where a speedboat ride ensues to reach the island which is approximately 90 minutes away from here.</span>

Best Diving Season:  March to May
Weather: Southwest monsoon is in place by April to October while northeast monsoon by October to February.
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