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World’s highest density of tropical marine habitats, Micronesia’s most diverse coral fauna

Palau boasts an impressive list of over 400 hard coral and over 300 soft coral species, the most diverse coral fauna in Micronesia. Many snorkel sites offer easy and safe access to healthy coral gardens at depths of only 3-5 feet. And while coral reefs worldwide are declining due to global warming and ocean acidification, many of Palau’s reefs have been found to be naturally resilient to these forces due to unique environmental conditions.

species of reef fish

Palau’s decisive efforts to ban commercial fishing, to create a shark sanctuary, and to set aside fully protected marine areas are combining to help fish populations thrive. With more than 1,300 species of reef fish, from large, prehistoric looking schools of bumphead parrotfish, to cryptic leaf fish and colorful and elusive mandarinfish. And while in most areas of the world it is becoming increasingly rare to see sharks, it is not unusual to see four or more shark species on your expedition in Palau.


Opportunity for Communers to participate in community driven ecological conservation and restoration projects in Palau Archipelago region.
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