1. BLUE CORNER You haven’t been to Palau until you’ve hooked into the reef and tethered yourself like a balloon at Blue Corner, where sharks and schooling fish pass conveyor-belt-style just inches away.
2. WRECK CHECK Deep divers make the pilgrimmage to the USS Perry (in 240 feet of water) sunk by a mine in 1944, two days before the battle at Peleliu.
3. CURRENT EVENT The current at Ulong Channel makes for one of Palau’s most thrill- ing dives. Bounce along a sandy channel lined with towering corals and hundreds of fish. (palaudiveadventures.com)
4. DINE LIKE A MAHARAJA Enjoy an epic Indian feast (mangrove crabs!) at Koror restaurant The Taj, frequented by Palau’s president. (tajpalau.com)
5. FRUIT-BAT FEAST The island specialty is fruit bat, served folded feast up in its own wings in a bowl of soup. Tastes not one bit like chicken.
6. KAYAK AND DIVE Explore secluded sites inside Palau’s marine lakes on a camping trip with kayaks while a support boat carries dive gear. (samstours.com)
7. MIX WITH MANTAS The gill-cleaning stations at German Channel are some of Oceania’s most reliable places to watch mantas descend for a tuneup. They will perform graceful underwater acrobatics for grateful scuba divers.
8. CELEBRATE SHARKS To coincide with the arrival of hundreds of mating-minded gray reef sharks, Koror is host to Shark Week every spring. (fishnfins.com)
9. PELELIU EXPRESS This small island was home to one of World War II’s worst battles. Sweeping currents wash dive sites here, where schooling barracuda, big sharks and giant trevally are common.
10. CROC SPOT Cuise past orchids and mangrove forests along the Ngerdorch River to the open ocean in search of crocodiles. (firstname.lastname@example.org)