Palau snorkeling offers a variety of experiences, such as swimming with sharks, floating around gorgeous coral reefs and even maneuvering through a lake filled with jellyfish. These snorkeling spots are definitely something to add to the to-do list for your trip to Palau.
Palau Snorkeling Spots
Palau is a fantastic destination for snorkeling. There are many destinations to choose from, depending on what you’re looking for. The good news is, that you can visit as many as you’d like!
A spectacular site for Palau snorkeling is Jellyfish Lake. This lake is home to nearly five million stingless jellyfish. It is certainly worth the trek up the steep hill to see a lake that is teeming with gorgeous jellyfish. The lake is so full, that you can barely even move without coming into contact with one of the magnificent creatures. A trip to jellyfish Lake in Palau is a once in a lifetime experience and definitely not one that you should pass up.
Big Drop Off is a deep vertical wall that runs along Ngemelis Island. This massive wall drops off almost one thousand feet. The coral located in Big Drop Off is colorful and diverse, and the lively schools of fish are something of wonder. The biggest draw for Big Drop Off though, is the sharks. They seem uninterested in humans, but it’s an amazing experience to see them swimming just yards away. If swimming with sharks isn’t for you, it might be best to avoid this spot.
Along the same wall system, Ngemelis Wall offers a different experience. Ngemelis wall is a drift snorkel and if you time it correctly with the changing tides, it will require very little work from you. This makes Ngemelis wall a great snorkeling spot for beginners as the boat will drop you off and you will be pushed through the site by the ebbing tide. This site offers views of massive clams that can actually grow to be up to 250 pounds!
Though a bit more crowded, the protected beach known as Turtle Cove is a great place to swim among tropical fish. With numerous boats feeding the fish to keep them near, the diversity of marine life in the cove is good. Even if you don’t want to venture far from the boat, the fish are so close, that you won’t have too. It is important to note that the sharks are also aware that this is a popular fish hangout and they can usually be spotted hanging out less than 20 feet from shore.
When snorkeling in Palau, take advantage of the Rock Island’s kayaking experience. The views around the island are spectacular and with clear water, you’ll easily be able to see the bottom and catch glimpses of small tropical fish flittering about. This is a lesser-known excursion, but it will keep you away from the crowds. In addition, if you bring your own snorkel, you can dock your kayak and snorkel the beautiful waters wherever you’d like!
Traveling to Palau
Palau is a nation of islands located in the North Pacific Ocean, southwest of the Philippines. To get to Palau for snorkeling, you will need to fly into the Palau International Airport (ROR). English is almost universally spoken among the islands and the currency is the US dollar.
Diving season in Palau lasts all year round, but the best time to visit is September to May. This is when the island will be a bit drier, but note that Palau is located in the tropics and that means that the islands get a lot of rain. Average water temperature hovers at 29°C (84°F) and average air temperatures are around 30°C (86°F) Despite the occasional rainstorm, Palau snorkeling is some of the best you will find in the North Pacific Ocean.