Palau’s cobalt drop-offs, prisms of colorful coral reefs and virtually limitless variety of sea life in this tropical paradise wow snorkelers, from beginners to experienced, with over fifty existing sites, each different from the next. Snorkeling is year-round in Palau and during the busiest season from January to April, spectacular sights such as migratory whale sharks passing by, sharks or mantas mating, and large schools of fish spawning can be seen.
Palau boasts the daring and the unusual – like Jellyfish Lake, where two types of jellyfish can be found, namely the golden jellyfish known as Mastigias and the moon jellyfish known as Aurelia. This intriguing enclosed marine lake departs radically from convention as over the course of millennia, resident jellyfish have completely lost their sting due to a lack of predators, allowing interested adventure seekers a rare opportunity to swim amongst these truly unique water creatures.
While the best locations for snorkeling in Palau are accessible by boat, closer to Koror, a visit to Dolphins Pacific, the world’s largest Dolphin Research Facility and a Non-Profit Corporation, is where one can interact with a dolphin while supervised by the dolphin trainer. For those who do not wish to get their feet wet, the Palau International Coral Reef Center, featuring the Palau Aquarium, is the most ideal place to see the best of underwater Palau. This marine research center showcases outdoor pools and indoor aquariums teeming with marine life from mangrove forest to outer reef.