The Palau Reefs, located far out in the Pacific Ocean, are famous for a particular reason: it is one of the best preserved coral reefs in the world, and has proven to be more resistant to modern day pollutants and global warming than other major reef systems. Located around the island system of Palau, it is also one of the world’s most popular dive spots.
The coral reef systems around Palau were probably not discovered by humans until about two thousand BC, when the area was likely first harvested for its bounty. It did not become known to the western world until the 19th century. In 1989 it was named one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World.
The Palau Reefs probably began forming as far back as two million years ago, and many coral islands have been formed in the area. Although much smaller than the Great Barrier Reef, the Palau Reefs are more resilient, and the diversity of sealife is excellent. Over fifteen hundred species of fish make the reefs here their home.
The Palau Reefs are one of the world’s most favorite dive spots, though the remoteness and inaccessibility of Palau makes them difficult to visit. However, once in Palau there is an extensive tourism industry devoted almost exclusively to supporting divers, snorkeling and swimming with dolphins. Web: N/A.