Explore the Micronesian Island of Palau by Sea

One regret I had about traveling to the Micronesian island of Palau was not being certified to scuba dive and therefore not having the opportunity to be surrounded by dozens of sharks in the famous Blue Corner.

For most people that would be a benefit, not a regret.

I actually was certified many years ago, but definitely would have needed a serious refresher course before feeling comfortable enough to dive in one of the world’s most renowned scuba diving locations. But, it turned out that there were three other ways of exploring the island of Palau by sea that proved to be visually fruitful too and not totally sans sharks. I mean a shark. There was only one.

The next best thing to scuba diving in the waters surrounding Palau island is snorkeling and those of us without diving certification would be doing it for three days of this water-filled trip. Each morning we were guided by a different reputable company through the Rock Islands.

With Sam’s Tours we had one of my most memorable bucket list experiences by being enveloped in jellyfish while snorkeling in the World famous Jellyfish Lake. Luckily, these critters were stingless, because they may have initially scared me more than the sharks. They also took us to Clam City to witness the giant mollusks that can potentially grow more than four feet. Stuck on the bottom of the sea, they didn’t frighten me nearly as much as the jellyfish.
Jellyfish Lake in Palau

Neco Marine did take us to the Blue Corner where the lucky certified divers were surrounded by grey and white tip reef sharks, while I snorkeled trying to spot a stray shark from the top of the water. And I did see a lonely one from the ocean’s surface.

Instead of turning to rapidly swim in the opposite direction,  I chased it until it disappeared into the depths of blue.
Shark at Blue Corner in Palau

Lastly, Fish n’ Fins took us to New Drop Off where my bucket list goal of ‘swimming with a school of fish’ was easily checked off about a dozen times over. There was even a sweet turtle floating about. Plus, the color of coral was vibrant, making it look as if we were inside of an aquarium instead of the warm Palau waters.
Snorkling New Drop Off in Palau Island, Micronesia

Snorkeling wasn’t the only way to explore the Palauan waters, kayaking was a viable option too. Sam’s Tours led us along the edges of the islets and in shallow enough water to see the Sea cucumbers on the sandy floor.
Kayak Palau Island

We were able to squeeze into spaces that the motor boats could not possibly fit into.
Kayak in Palau Island, Micronesian CountryKayak Palau

In between the snorkeling and kayaking we boated through the Rock Islands exploring all of its nooks, weaving in and out of the hundreds of islets. A different perceptive.
Palau Rock Islands Palau Rock Islands

And even though the weather and views were mostly perfect, there was one day traveling by boat where we were caught in a storm.

…and we were all still smiling because it just added to the adventurous and memorable experience of Palau.
Palau, Micronesia Rock Islands

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Disclosure: I was a guest of Palau Visitor’s Authority, but all the words I write come straight from my, sometimes distorted, mind. Just as it should be.

2018-12-22T13:56:33+00:00February 25th, 2014|Categories: Oceania, Palau|Tags: , |


  1. Jen February 26, 2014 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Such an incredible beautiful corner of the world. I can’t wait to swim in Jellyfish Lake one day. Thanks for sharing your experience and lovely pics.

    • Annette White February 26, 2014 at 3:44 am - Reply

      Jellyfish Lake was AMAZEballs! One of the most memorable experiences. I hope you make it there!

  2. Taylor February 26, 2014 at 5:57 am - Reply

    That all looks amazing. You’re pictures taken during the kayaking are gorgeous, I can only imagine how it looked in person!

    • Annette White February 26, 2014 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Thank you! With such a beautiful background to work with, it was easy to take nice photos.

  3. Heather February 28, 2014 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Yeah, swimming with sharks is most definitely NOT on my list, but the scenery of this tiny country is gorgeous! I’d love to kayak through those rocks!

    • Annette White March 1, 2014 at 9:13 am - Reply

      It is a beautiful country with many things to do besides swimming with sharks 🙂

  4. Dean February 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Bucket List for sure! It was great to learn that this tiny island nation was open to diversity. The Rainbow LGBT Flag just added an extra spice of colour to an already colourful island! After all the slogan is “At Rainbow’s End”

    • Annette White March 1, 2014 at 9:28 am - Reply

      The LGBT flag definitely brightened that stormy day on the water!!

  5. Raja Adnan Safdar March 3, 2014 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Just WOW!!! Incredible natural beauty.Love the pictures specially with jellyfish, you look simply fabulous among them 🙂 Look at that, a shark????

  6. shawn cookson April 8, 2014 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Looks like alot of fun. Definitely in my bucket!

  7. Eric Howard May 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    I love Palau! It has always been one of my favorite diving spots in the world, if not my most favorite one. What I love about Palau is its serenity and how it kept its beauty even the fact that it was a battleground during WW2.

    • Annette White May 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      It is so beautiful! I only wish I was certified to dive when I went!

  8. Kerry July 8, 2014 at 11:05 am - Reply

    My friend is in a relationship with a woman from Palau. I had a chance to speak with her, after having heard about the Jellyfish Lake and everything that sounded so serene. I want to go there even more now. I think this is one of the most interesting places on this planet.

    • Annette White July 8, 2014 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      This was one of those extremely unique experiences that leaves a lasting impression. I mean, you are technically not suppose to be able to swim with jellyfish! I count it as one of my favorite things that I have ever done.

  9. Erika (Erika's Travels) October 23, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

    I have a chance to visit Palau next month, but I have never been diving. I will most likely be kayaking and snorkeling. Would you recommend I hold off on visiting until some time in the future when I am certified, or would you counsel me to go ahead and visit anyways? Also, is the snorkeling at the dive sites worth it? Or is it better to just snorkel on the kayaking trips?

    • Annette White October 23, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply

      I would not put off your trip because the snorkeling is amazing! You may not be able to see the giants clams up close or be surrounded by sharks, but you will see them from afar and plenty of other stuff. We were snorkeling in many of the same spots as the scuba divers and it is worth it, though it does depend on what you want to see. I enjoyed the diving spots that were closer to reefs, than the ones that weren’t. Make sure to go to Jellyfish Lake, it ranks as one of my favorite experiences ever!

  10. Simon Hugfeld April 16, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Palau is really awesome! I ve been in Palau in 2016 and had really a great time! The nature is amazing, diving is absolutely stunning and the people are friendly! We came from Amsterdam with stops in Bangkok and Taipeh! It really took a long time but really was worth it! Just the prices for hotels are quite expensive and you have to book early to get a good price for a decent room (http://palauvisitors.com/ would have helped me a lot find a good hotel). I’m definitely goind back to Palau soon!

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