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Jellyfish Lake in Palau 2024-2025

Endless tentacles rubbing against your gentle skin? No worries, these are not stingy, only jelly

Best time: all year

Jellyfish Lake
Jellyfish Lake
Jellyfish Lake
Jellyfish Lake

If you have already been kissed by a stinging jellyfish during your seaside holidays, the idea of diving among 10 millions of these creatures may not seem very appealing at all. However, the golden jellyfish residing in Palau Lake are different from those found in seas and oceans.

First of all, these species is endemic to the lake. Secondly, they don't sting, as there are no predators in the lake to fight off, and they don't just passively drift, but constantly migrate across the lake following sun rays, for the sunlight sustains their life.

Million jellyfish start their daily migration early in the morning around 6 am when the sun rises, and gradually move from the western side of the lake to the centre, and by the sunset they end the journey by the eastern shore.

As you see in the pictures, the sight you will see while diving in Palau Jellyfish Lake is well worth spending time and money on a trip to these remote Pacific islands.

Practical info

What is the location of Palau Jellyfish Lake and how can it be accessed?

Palau Jellyfish Lake is situated on Eil Malk Island within Palau. Visitors can access the lake by flying into Palau International Airport and then taking part in a guided tour on a boat or kayak. Several companies offer tours that provide transport and equipment. Show more

When is the best period to observe the jellyfish migration at Palau Jellyfish Lake?

To view the jellyfish migration and get the best experience at Palau Jellyfish Lake, it is advisable to visit between December and April, which is the dry season. Although the lake is open throughout the year due to minimal variations in water conditions and temperature, the migration begins early at around 6 am, so visitors should plan their schedule accordingly. Show more

What are the measures to be taken to ensure safety while immersed in waters of Palau Jellyfish Lake?

Diving and snorkelling in Palau Jellyfish Lake is relatively easy and safe as the golden jellyfish are not harmful. As a visitor, following the rules and instructions given by the park rangers is crucial, including avoiding the use of sunscreen and not contacting the jellyfish. Wearing suitable gear and following the guidelines of the guide is also important. Show more

Is it safe to physically touch the jellyfish in Palau Jellyfish Lake?

Visitors are not allowed to touch the jellyfish in Palau Jellyfish Lake as they can be easily hurt and damaged. Moreover, contact with the jellyfish can cause skin irritation as they have a mucus layer on their skin. It is recommended to stay away from the jellyfish and avoid any physical contact with them to ensure their safety and wellbeing. Show more

Are there any other things to be seen in Palau besides the jellyfish in the lake?

Other than the jellyfish in the lake, Palau is home to stunning landscapes and diverse marine life. Visitors can take advantage of exploring nearby coral reefs, swim with dolphins, view whale sharks, and explore the Rock Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can also enjoy hiking in Palau's lush forests, visit traditional villages, and learn local history and culture. Show more

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