Palau’s Ulong Channel

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Close to Siaes Tunnel is the Ulong Channel, which many divers regard as one of the world’s best drift dives.  Ulong Channel and reef run approximately a third of a mile with an average width of around 100 feet.  The channel leads to the lagoon.  The current, at times, can be strong and change direction with little notice.  If the current changes, go with it.  The best dive is usually with an incoming tide.  The Ulong channel is also know as Ngerumekaol Pass.

Ulong’s entrance is teaming with fish.  Expect to see large numbers of barracudas, batfish, grey reef and white tip sharks, snappers and jacks.  In the channel, glasseyes, soldierfish and squirrelfish live within the myriad of soft coral and sea fans.  The greys use the lagoon as an all-you-can-eat buffet as the channel serves them an almost limitless number of fish.

Groupers and titan triggerfish use this area as a nesting and mating ground.  While groupers normally live on the solo, here they will be found in schools.  Beware that titans are extremely aggressive about their nesting areas and will attack anything that gets too close.

Make sure to leave time for a trip to Ulong Island, usually a between dive lunch spot, home to some of Palau’s most scenic beaches.  Also make sure to view the petroglyphs safely and highly ensconced on the cliffs’ walls.

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