Palau’s Blue Corner

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The Blue Corner, probably the most highly regarded scuba dive site by most dive magazines, draws off Ngemelis Island as a coral and rock reef.  Surrounded by sheer walls, the ocean currents draw a spectacular quantity of sea life into the reef rarely found on any other dive.  The currents, themselves, create the added dimension of changing a relatively calm dive into a dive that should be experienced by the more skilled scuba divers.

“The Blue Corner was like sitting in an aquarium
at Sea World.  You get this perfect spot,
enveloped by all these  open water fish,
just thousands swimming by you at the
same time.  Absolutely amazing.”

Jim Caldwell, Redondo Beach CA
“We anchored on to the reef with reef hooks.
Once we anchored we just went with the
current.  The current is so strong, it feels
like we were gliding in air.  On
side of us was just
tons and tons of marine
life.  On the other, sharks.”

Famous for its photographic abundance and proximity, the Blue Corner attracts large schools of barracuda, wahoo, tuna, jacks, snappers, pyramid butterflyfish, square anthias, yellowtail fusiliers, sergeant majors, moorish idols, angelfish, midnight parrotfish, spotted eagle rays, stingrays, hawk bills, green turtles, giant groupers, redtooth triggerfish and Palau’s own Napoleon wrasse.  Like a choreographed dance, the pelagic fish swim with the currents, waving back and forth from one side of the reef to the other.  Be prepared for frequent encounters with gray reef and white tip sharks that have more comfort with man’s presence than most visiting divers have with them.  Ever so often divers are treated with the presence of mantas, marlins, hammerheads, whales and even the occasional whale shark.

With the stronger currents, photography becomes a challenge.  To countermand the currents, scuba divers invented the “reef hook”.  Divers now anchor themselves to the reef, freeing themselves from the physical challenges of fighting the current while trying to snap that perfect picture. Though be especially careful with your body ‘waving’ in the current, as it is quite easy to damage the reef.

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