Palau is one of the most extraordinary diving spots on the planet. Located in the southwest corner of Micronesia, the Republic of Belau (the traditional name) consists of an archipelago of over 300 islands spread north to south over 100 miles from the atoll of Kayangel to the island of Angaur.
Home to more than 1,500 species of fish and 700 species of coral, Palau has consistently been ranked among the best in categories such as “best destination by region”, “best fish life”, “healthiest reefs”, “best big animal diving”, “best wall diving” and “best wreck diving” by the readers of Rodale’s Scuba Diving magazine. Famous not only for its diving, Palau is also known world wide for it’s mushroom shaped rock islands which dot the sea, creating color combinations of emerald, turquoise and aqua where jungle meets ocean.
Visitors to Palau fly in through Palau International airport which services direct flights from Guam, Taipei, and Manila. The main commercial center of Palau is Koror. The airport itself is not located on Koror but on Babeldaob island, which is about a 15 minute drive to Koror. Palau is 17 hours ahead of Los Angeles and 14 hours ahead of New York.