The Ngemelis Wall or the Big Drop-Off at Palau

<< Return to Palau’s Top Dive Sites
Next Dive Site – Chandelier Cave >>

The dive Jacques Cousteau proclaimed as the best walled dive in the world, the Big Drop-Off, a nearly 1,000 feet straight vertical drop, runs the whole length of the island of Ngemelis.  The marine life abounds.  Soft and leather corals, as well as the coral fans, provide an almost endless sea of color, both the protection from and an attraction of food for the visiting sea life.

On any normal dive along the reef’s edge, one should expect to see sergeant majors, moorish idols and enough varieties of angle fish there too numerous to count.  Hidden in plain site, lionfish, stonefish and leaf fish camouflage themselves to their environs.  With plankton nestling against the wall, the pyramid butterfly fish flourish and flutter in the current.

On constant vigilance, white tip, leopards and the grey reef sharks make the rounds.  Below, their sleepy brethren, the nurses, white tips and leopard sharks, can be seen napping softly below.

.

<< Return to Palau’s Top Dive Sites
Next Dive Site – Chandelier Cave >>