Palau (Micronesia)

Selected as "The Number One Underwater Wonder of the World" by CEDAM, an organization of divers, marine scientists and conservationists. This incredible cluster of island and giant lagoon offer the most diverse range of diving experiences, plus several one-of-a-kind attractions that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world. Inside the lagoon is a glistening flat ocean surface, sprinkled with some 328 “Rock Islands”. These unusual formations are odd looking, mushroom shaped islands topped with a thick green growth of tropical foliage. Small marine organisms have spent centuries boring into he limestone base of these islands, sculpting them into fantasy shaped mushrooms.

Clustered together, the Rock Islands form lovely and intricate passageways through which boats can motor at full speed. This is one of the most popular tours in Palau. Beneath the surface, Palau has become world renowned for its spectacular drop-offs. Vertical walls begin knee deep at the rediculous depth of two feet, and plummet straight down to more than 1,000 feet. Diving these magnificent formations is an exhilarating experience, yet Palau offers much, much more.

A landlocked marine lake offers a bizarre opportunity to snorkel with a million non-stinging jellyfish. There are blue holes, giant under sea tunnels, stalagtite filled caves and a dozen more oddities thart make Palau Lagoon different from any other place in the world.