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Jellyfish Lake - Palau

Jellyfish Lake is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located in Koror, Palau. This dive site has an average rating of 4.67 out of 5 from 3 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 91-100ft/28-30m.

7° 9′ 40″ N, 134° 22′ 34″ E

From Undercurrent; You’ll be disappointed. Palau suffered a severe drought in 2016, the worst in the past 65 years, and combined with the effects of El Niño, millions of Golden Jellyfish in the famous Jellyfish Lake have vanished. Until the baby jellyfish grow to adulthood in the next cycle, you will have wait to swim with them.

A leisurely hike to world-famous Jellyfish Lake for an extraordinary snorkeling experience.

An attraction most can only dream of, this daring and unusual phenomena, Jellyfish Lake, departs radically from convention; for it is an enclosed body of water wherein - over the course of a millennia - resident jellyfish have completely lost their sting because they have not had to fight off predators. Instead, they spend their days in privileged leisure, pulsating gently from one side of the lake to the other while catching the sun’s rays and farming their own food supply of algae.

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From SportDiver Planet’s 50 Greatest Dives, #32, Don your mask, fins and snorkel — because scuba diving’s not allowed — on the dock, and slip into the clear water of Ongeim’l Tketau, a marine lake in Palau’s Rock Islands. Then follow the sun to where its rays pierce the water to float among thousands of golden jellyfish drawn to its nourishing glow. With few predators, the jellyfish have largely lost their ability to sting. Some are as tiny as a corn kernel, while others spill over your palm. Watching them pulsate through the jade water with a backdrop that looks straight from Jurassic Park is as ethereal as it gets. Best of all, there’s no nitrogen loading, so you can do it all day long. — TW

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Sonya - 5/03/2014 3:16 AM
Rating Added: 5
I never liked jellyfish in general before but that’s before I did free diving here in Jellyfish lake! :)
USMCRet93 - 10/29/2013 5:10 PM
Rating Added: 4
The hike is anything BUT "leisurely"... but the experience is well worth it. Snorkeling with thousands and tens of thousands of jellyfish all around you.
Brian_V - 9/04/2013 3:47 PM
Rating Added: 5
You snorkel here instead of dive, but it’s just spectacular gliding through thousands of little jellyfish, from the size of a pea to some as big as a cantaloupe! A once in a life time experience!