Climate: The climate is tropical with lush tropical rain-forest. Warm temperatures throughout the year hover around 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Water Temperature: Average yearly is a comfortable 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
Time: UTC +9:00 to UTC +10:00
Language: English (official), Polynesian dialects
Currency: US Dollar accepted
Electricity: 110 Volt. U.S. Standard Plugs
Marriage Requirements: Please contact the local tourism board for instructions and requirements.
Airport(s): Pohnpei International Airport (PNI)
Chuuk – Dr. Harmon’s Clinic
Yap – Yap Hospital
Palau – Palau Hospital
Why dive The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)? Well, there’s the virtual underwater museum at Truk (Chuuk) and the legendary Manta Ray dives in M’il Channel to start with. The warm water and high visibility seal the deal. FSM is a grouping of 607 small islands in the Western Pacific about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii, lying just above the Equator. They include Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap, four main island groups of the Caroline Islands. Palau, part of the Caroline Islands, is now an independent nation, and is not considered part of Micronesia. While the country’s total land area amounts to only 270.8 square miles, it occupies more than one million square miles of the Pacific Ocean, and ranges 1,700 miles from East (Kosrae) to West (Yap). Each of the four States centers around one or more “high islands,” and all but Kosrae include numerous atolls.Read More
I can see why Palau is considered one of the top dive destinations in the world. We did 17 dives over a 6 day period, plus snorkeled Jelly Fish Lake. Every dive was an amazing adventure with lots of sharks, manta rays, turtles, thousands of fish and healthy coral. Snorkeling Jelly Fish Lake was awesome and should be on everyone's bucket list. On the last day I kayaked to the northeast side of the island and saw some of the several remnants of the World War II Japanese Occupation on the Island. We were very pleased with Sam's Tours Dive Center and the Palau Royal Resort.
Palau, Historical World Class Diving
Historical World Class Diving
We are always on the lookout for a dive destination a little out of the ordinary, a location with incredible beauty both above and below water, and if at all possible, an area steeped in some sort of historical significance, and this all leads us to the island Nation of Palau; also pronounced “Belau”.
Palau, Micronesia is a chain of...