Ideal Times for Scuba Diving in Palau: A Seasonal Guide

Palau, a mesmerising archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean, is a haven for scuba diving lovers. Known for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant marine life, and unique underwater topography, Palau offers an unforgettable diving experience. With over 1,300 species of fish and 700 species of coral, Palau’s waters are rich with biodiversity. Divers can encounter sharks, manta rays, turtles, and an array of colourful fish while exploring the numerous dive sites around the islands. 

One of the most popular dive spots in Palau is the Blue Corner, a drift dive where strong currents attract large pelagic fish like sharks and barracudas. The German Channel is another must-visit site, known for its manta ray cleaning stations. Additionally, the WWII wrecks strewn around Palau are a fascinating reminder of the turbulent past of the area for those who like wreck diving. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or just starting, Palau’s diverse marine ecosystem and breathtaking scenery make it a top destination for anyone looking to experience the wonders of the underwater world.

If you’re seeking an immersive scuba diving experience, Solitude Gaia offers exceptional liveaboard experiences around Palau. We provide comfort and convenience while exploring the stunning underwater landscapes of Palau. With Solitude Gaia, divers can discover the hidden treasures of Palau’s marine world.

Choosing the right time to visit Palau for diving is key to maximising this adventure. The best time to visit Palau for diving depends on your preferences and what marine life you hope to encounter. Whether you choose to visit during the peak season or opt for a quieter time, Palau’s stunning underwater world is sure to leave you in awe. 

Now, Join us as we explore a detailed seasonal guide to diving experiences in Palau, tailored to suit a range of preferences:

Peak Season: December to March

Seven reef sharks gracefully navigating the currents at Blue Corner.

Palau Weather From December to March

The peak diving season in Palau spans from December to March. During these months, the weather is at its most stable, with minimal rainfall and consistent, warm temperatures averaging around 27- 30°C (81-86°F). The sea remains calm, providing excellent visibility often exceeding 40 meters(130 feet)!

Marine Life in Palau – December to March

This period is ideal for encountering a variety of larger marine species. Manta rays are frequently spotted at cleaning stations, and reef sharks patrol the coral gardens. The famous Jellyfish Lake, home to millions of harmless jellyfish, offers a surreal snorkelling experience, especially from late February.

With the December full moon, the underwater spotlight shifts to the majestic bumphead parrotfish, known for their distinctive large foreheads and crucial role in the reef’s health. These fish gather in large schools to spawn, releasing eggs and sperm into the ocean currents in a vital reproductive process. Guests on Solitude Liveaboards have the unique opportunity to witness this event up close, gaining insights into the essential functions these creatures serve in sustaining the reef’s biodiversity.


It’s important to note that this is also the tourist high season. Accommodations and dive packages, such as those offered by liveaboards such as Solitude One and Solitude Gaia, can be in high demand. Booking in advance is recommended to secure your spot on this aquatic adventure.

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Shoulder Season: April to July

Hundreds of Bumphead Parrotfish engaged in their mesmerising spawning ritual.

Palau Weather from April to July

Transitioning from dry to wet, April to July in Palau brings slightly warmer temperatures and an increase in humidity. The weather is still favourable for diving, with sporadic rain showers that rarely affect underwater visibility. Water temperatures all around Palau hover around a comfortable 28-30°C (82-86°F).

Marine Life in Palau – April to July

This period offers a unique opportunity to observe different species. April and May are particularly known for the spawning events of bumphead parrotfish and snappers, creating an extraordinary spectacle. The variety of fish and coral life during these months is exceptional, making every dive an exploration of vibrant biodiversity.

Dive Conditions: The sea conditions remain generally calm, although occasional swells can occur. The visibility is still good, but slightly reduced compared to the peak season. This is an excellent time for underwater photography, thanks to the softer light and abundant marine life.

Tourism and Rates

With fewer tourists, this is a great time to enjoy more serene dives and potentially better rates on accommodation and dive packages. Solitude Liveaboards in Palau might offer special promotions on any of our cruises during this period. 

Off-Peak Season: August to November

A colossal orange gorgonian fan embellishing a vertical wall against a backdrop of crystal-clear blue.

Palau Weather from August to November

Through November marks Palau’s wet season, characterised by heavier rainfall and overcast skies. Despite the increased precipitation, the temperatures remain warm, averaging around 27-29°C (81- 84°F). This season brings a different charm to the islands, with lush green landscapes and dramatic cloud formations.

Marine Life in Palau – August to November

The nutrient-rich waters during the rainy season attract a plethora of marine life. It’s an excellent time for macro photography aficionados, as many smaller, rare creatures like nudibranchs and pygmy seahorses become more visible. Larger pelagic species continue to roam the reefs, though sightings might be less frequent compared to the peak season.

November’s full moon, Palau’s reefs host a very special event – the spawning of red snappers. This annual event sees thousands of these vibrant fish converging in the moonlit waters, creating a spectacular natural display worthy of a National Geographic documentary. Observers aboard Solitude get a front-row seat to this mesmerising dance, where the red snappers gather in vast numbers to ensure the health of their next generation and of the reef ecosystem. This natural spectacle is not only one of our personal favourites but also plays a vital role in maintaining the ecological balance of Palau’s marine habitats. We consider ourselves privileged to be able to witness it first-hand every year.

Dive Conditions in Palau during the rainy season

While the weather can be unpredictable, the underwater world remains relatively unaffected. Visibility might be slightly reduced but still offers clear views of the marine environment. Advanced divers may find this season appealing for the potential of more challenging dives due to varying currents and conditions.

Travel Considerations

This is the least crowded time in Palau, appealing to those seeking a more solitary diving experience at Palau dive sites. Accommodation prices and dive packages, such as those offered are generally lower, providing an opportunity for budget-conscious travellers.

If these are the only months you can travel but are not 100% set on visiting Palau, we would encourage you to consider playing your dive trip to Indonesia’s spectacular Raja Ampat instead with our Liveaboard, Solitude Adventurer. With delightful accommodations, top-notch amenities, and expert guides, Solitude Adventurer ensures an unforgettable journey through the vibrant underwater landscapes of Raja Ampat. Learn more about our diving trip to Raja Ampat here.

Discover Your Perfect Dive Season in Palau with Solitude World

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Every season in Palau has its unique allure. Chasing the peak visibility and abundant marine life of the high season? or rather the serene waters and special events of the shoulder season? budget- friendly options of the off-peak months perhaps? Palau, with its world-class diving, is a must-have in every diver’s bucket list.

Remember to plan and book in advance, especially for peak and shoulder seasons. Solitude One and Solitude Gaia take you to the best diving spots in Palau while enjoying the comforts of home. With meticulous attention to safety and a deep respect for the marine environment, Palau awaits to unveil its underwater treasures, no matter when you choose to dive in.

Learn more about Solitude’s Palau Cruises or contact us to start planning your dive trip to Palau today.