Scuba diving in Palau

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scuba diving in Palau in Micronesia

Similar to “golf widows,” scuba diving enthusiasts often leave behind their partners. One colleague accompanies her husband to diving spots all over the world and generally ends up reading novel after novel. She might not do that in Palau.

Palau is in Micronesia, that swathe of islands that stretches for thousands of miles in the Pacific Ocean.

Located in the westernmost corner of Micronesia, It’s an archipelago of more than 586 islands with about 20,000 inhabitants. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best dive destinations, Palau attracts the adventurous traveller, as it has some of the most spectacular water features and beaches as well as the world famous Rock Islands and Jellyfish Lake.

With 1,450 species of fish and more than 400 species of coral, the local tourist board – with some justification – has called Palau the “8th Natural Wonder of the World”, while others have identified Palau as “One of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World.” Palau has had the vision to preserve this rich biodiversity. In 2009, Palau became the world’s first Shark Sanctuary and in 2012, the Southern Lagoon Rock Islands were entered into the World Heritage List by UNESCO.

From that description then, it is easy to see why it has attracted divers from all over the world.

Options for those that do want to get their feet wet, but don’t want to go into the depths include basking on the beaches, snorkelling, visiting the Jellyfish Lake I mentioned earlier, mangrove or sea kayaking or sport fishing. You can take a jungle riverboat cruise, see the Palau Eco Theme Park or the Palau Aquarium at the Palau International Coral Reef Center or venture indoors into the Belau National Museum or the Etpison Museum. There is bird watching, visiting the Badrulchau (stone monoliths) and other historic sites as well as the World War II Museum on Peleliu. Isn’t that enough for everyone? Even for “scuba diving widows?” And “widowers?”

For more about Palau, click here.

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