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Palau, Micronesia & Pacific

A Palau scuba diving holiday offers a Micronesia based diving holiday with a barrier reef, blue hole diving, sheer walls and a great variety of fish with conditions best suited to the more experienced diver. Part of Micronesia, Palau is made up of over 300 islands mostly uninhabited. 600 miles to the east of The Philippines, the islands offer a huge amount of coastal diving and are often described as looking like ‘mushrooms’.

Diving
The soft coral and vast anemones cover the sheer walls in Palau. There are also barrier reef and blue hole diving. Liveaboard diving is the best way to access the wide variety of dives and maximise your diving time. Take in the Ulong Channel with it’s manta rays, eagle rays, sharks, turtle and dophins. You will also find tuna, hammerheads, barracuda and shoaling jacks. The Chandelier Caves offer a relatively shallow and safe way to experience cave diving. The Iro Maru is a Japanese World War II wreck. At certain times Palau becomes the focus for Shark diving with experts and enthusiasts travelling the world over to see the migrating, mating grey reef sharks. Currents can be strong so may be a little challenging for beginners. Palau offers exciting and varied diving best suited to the more experienced.

Culture & Activities
The area is famous for the inland lakes and a unique species of jellyfish that have developed in a predator free environment with no sting. The different variety of fish (over 1,500 species) feed on the nutrient rich ocean trenches to the east and west of the island chain.


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Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Liveaboard Wreck Diving Tech Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

Best Time: December - April.

Average Air temps: 29°C

Average Water temps: 28-29°C

Visibility: 25-50m

Top Dive Sites: World War II freigher, warships & aircraft including Japanese Wrecks - Iro Maru, Teshio Maru, Bichu Marus Iro and Japanese Zero fighter. Chandlier Cave with staletites & stalegmites. Pelelui Wall, Cut & Expressway.The Blue Corner Wall at Koror Island and Ulong Chanel. Highly recommended is the Jellyfish lake in Rock Islands accessible by rainforest hike inland and only with snorkelling.

Great Reasons to Dive in Palau

  • World class wreck & drift diving.
  • Shallow, wide caves & caverns.
  • Dives & courses for novice to advanced divers.
  • Big shoals - snappers, grunts,eagle ray & shark.
  • Stingless Jellyfish lake in Rock Islands.
  • Japanese Zero fighter accessible by snorkelling.
  • World class underwater photography sites - Mandarinfish!

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.