Palau has to be one of the best diving destinations in the world. Not only are the islands beautiful, there are some simply amazing, out of this world dives. One dive called Blue Holes is an underwater cavern with four holes in the top of the cavern and other holes on the reef wall. The overall effect is that light penetrates the cavern creating a cathedral like atmosphere that illuminates parts of the cavern giving the diver a feeling of floating in an enormous space.
From Blue Holes, it is possible to get to the world famous Blue Corner where you can hook on to the reef while sharks and other predators cruise on the current all around you and sometimes barracuda can be seen circling overhead. To be able to combine what are some of the best dives in the world in a single dive, makes this dive one my favorites in Palau.
Here are a couple of shots from a Palau diving adventure holiday. One is the strangest looking jellyfish I have ever seen. It really looks like some sort of space ship. The lights or spots on the dome of the jelly look like they might be refracted light, but I think they are more likely pigmentation on the surface. My unconfirmed hypothesis is that they deter predators, since they look a bit like eyes. I will really have to take a closer look next time I see one of these strange creatures.
The other shot is of a gar fish taken inside an underwater cave. The reflection is on the still water of an overhead air pocket trapped on the cave ceiling.
Palau is a small island country in Micronesia located in the Pacific, south of Japan and north of the Philippines. Near Yap where they have the stone money! Palau is quite difficult to get to, but really fabulous once you are there.
Another great dive called Virgin Blue Holes is a single underwater vertical tunnel that goes down about 110 feet (35 m) and then levels out horizontally for about another 150 feet (50 m) and then opens up onto a fabulous blue vista. After exiting the tunnel it is possible to move along an interesting wall with cuts and large numbers of different fish types as you get closer to Blue Corner.
I have just returned from second diving trip to Palau (it is still fabulous!) and will be posting more images and a report from that trip soon.