Archive for June, 2012

Best Dive Spots In The World

Posted on: June 27th, 2012 by Chris Lubba No Comments

Palau Blue Corner and Blue Holes Dive Site Aerial ViewOf course we love Palau and think that Palau is one of the best dive spots in the world. We are not alone, even CNN believes that Palau has some of the best dive spots in the world.  On April 6, 2012 CNN Go, wrote and an article “Into the Deep: World’s 50 Best Dive Sites”.  http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/escape/outdoor-adventures/worlds-50-best-dive-sites-895793?page=0,2

Palau made the list twice; Blue Corner Palau was rated at #4 in the world and Ulong Channel was rated at #30.  Both sites are two of our favorite sites and our guests love them as well. Both dives are drift dives and you will almost always see sharks on these two dives.  Grey Reef, white-tip,  and black-tip sharks are all common to see on these dives as well as turtles and rays.  

If you spend a week of diving with us, our lead guide Jason, a local Palauan, who has over 6000+ dives will show you these world renowned sites.  He definitely knows all the little secrets that come only from experience, ensuring you have the time of your life.  For more information on our current Palau Dive Packages please see our bookings page. If you would like to join in on the conversation we are on Facebook and Twitter as well.  Feel free to “Like” us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.

How To Get To Palau

Posted on: June 19th, 2012 by Chris Lubba 1 Comment
How To Get To Palau

How To Get To Get To Palau: Photo From Palau Visitors Authority

How to get to Palau?  We get this question often.  It is located some 500 miles east of the Philippines, and approximately 800 miles west of Guam.  The most common way to get to Palau from North America is through Honolulu and Guam,  then landing in Palau. If you take United (used to be Continental) the total travel time is 19 hours from Los Angeles to Palau, 3 flights in total and  15 hours actually in the air.

Palau is a popular destination for Japanese and Taiwanese travelers as well.  Now there are direct flights from Tokyo, Taiwan, and there is still a direct flight from Manila with United.

 

Top 5 Drift Dive Tips for Palau SCUBA Diving

Posted on: June 4th, 2012 by Chris Lubba No Comments

Drift diving is exciting, fun, and very memorable.  When you go to  Palau, some of the best Palau SCUBA diving sites are drift dives.  Blue Corner, German and Ulong Channels are all drift dives, and also always ranked as some of the top-dive sites in the world.  Here are a couple tips for SCUBA divers, not from a book, but from our lead guide, Jason,   he has over 6000+ dives in Palau, and would like to share these tips with you!

1.  Pay Attention to the Dive Briefing.

Seems simple and it is, “Just Do It” :) . Here we will go over where and how to enter the water, pick-up point, general dive profile and what we will see. If you have any questions or concerns PLEASE ask NOW.

2.  Dive as a Group.

We enter the water together and dive together.  We can spread out but, keep the guide(s) in site. When you get low on air (700psi) let the one of the dive guides know.

3.  Carry a “SMB” and a “SPD”

Each person should have their OWN Safety Marker Buoy (SMB) also know as a safety sausage. We recommend the large one 72″. Also carry a sound producing device (SPD), like a whistle.  The SPD can either be manual or powered.  The powered one goes inline with your BCD.  We at palaudiveadventures feel so strongly about this, that we will provide this to each of our divers.

4.  Relax and Go with the Flow (Current). Relax and have fun.  If the conditions underwater change, Jason will adjust the dive profile. FOLLOW his lead!

5.  Surface with the Guide or Deploy your Safety Sausage.

Some of the best dives in Palau are in a channel. Ulong and German  channels are both AWESOME!!! There is also heavy boat traffic in these channels.  On all dives, at the end, our guides will deploy their safety sausages,  this warns boats that divers are below and to stay clear. If you get separated from the group, you should deploy your safety sausage before surfacing.  Deploying a safety sausage for the first time is not easy, it should be practiced beforehand. Better to stay with the group and have the guide do it :).

We hope these tips have been helpful.  If you would like to share any comments or thoughts about this, please join in on the conversation on Facebook or twitter, we love to hear from you! www.facebook.com/palaudiveadventures, twitter @palaudive. We also have a cool video, How to use a reef hook check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcbFXvdL2xs