- The beauty of The Rock Islands: The virgin rain forest and lush green surrounds are breathtaking. Just thinking about sitting on a boat while we weave through these islands takes me to a happy place.
2. The colour of the water: The shade of blue is almost impossible to describe. When looking from above the water colour ranges from turquoise to cobolt blue. When looking from within, the visibility and bright blue water is almost dream like.
3. The schooling fish: Seldom have I consistently dived with such large schools of fish – mostly jacks and barracuda.
4. Sharks and rays: The waters of Palau are exceptionally sharky, partly as a result of being declared the world’s first shark sanctuary in 2001. There are several species of shark in the waters here. We saw sharks on every dive- grey reef, white tip reef and leopard sharks; and manta rays on several of the dives.
5. Healthy colourful reefs: relatively unmarred by tourism and still considered a ways off the beaten track, means Palau offers an authentic experience. This, along with a history of responsible fishing practices, means that the reefs in the area are in excellent condition, and home to a staggering variety marine species.