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Palau Reefs: Magnificence Personified: 500 Coral + 300 Sponge Species

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

A tropical paradise of untouched coral reef rife with exotic sea life. There are over 1,400 species of fish, about 300 species of marine sponges and at least 500 diverse coral species. In the world , there are only nine known species of Giant Clams and Palau has seven.

Palau is an archipelago of over 500 islands, part of the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean. Koror Island is home to the former capital, also called Koror, and is the islands’ commercial center. Larger Babeldaob has the present capital, Ngerulmud, plus mountains and sandy beaches on its east coast. In its north, ancient basalt monoliths known as Badrulchau lie in grassy fields surrounded by palm trees.

Palau Oceania MAP

Palau - often referred to as Belau - consists of the far-western portion of the Caroline Islands, including the larger islands of Angaur, Babulthuap, Eil Malk, Koror, Peleiu and Urukthapel.

For over 30 years it was a part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific under United States administration. It finally gained its total independence in 1994.

Palau is a beautiful tropical paradise, and one of the true unspoiled destinations on the planet. Most of the 100-plus islands are small low-lying coral islands, ringed by barrier reefs. The exception is mountainous Babulthuap, volcanic in origin.

The economy revolves around agriculture and fishing, but scuba diving in the pristine reefs is a growing-in-popularity tourism activity.

Sams Tours Dive Palau

Sam's Tours is Palau’s premier scuba diving and eco-adventure company.

Excellent customer care, personalized attention, and professional service has earned Sam's Tours, a PADI 5-Star Dive Center, ten Scuba Diving Magazine Reader's Choice Awards, Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence and other honors.Our friendly, knowledgeable, and professional staff leads daily dive tours for divers of all skills, and our non- diving tours are a fun way to learn about Palau's rich history, culture, and biodiversity. You just relax and enjoy Palau, we'll take care of the details.

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