(January 17, 2013) — Considered by industry experts and scuba diving enthusiasts as “the best of the best,” Scuba Diving Magazine’s Top 100 Gold List is a “popularity contest” where rankings are based on a total number of responses from global readers and divers. The Top 100 Gold List features operators, resorts, live-aboards, underwater experiences (i.e., best wall, shore and wreck sites), dive bars and more. For more specific information on the results, please visit http://www.scubadiving.com/2013-gold-list. Here are some of the highlights that feature our beloved scuba diving destination of Palau and many of our tour operators.
The “best” of the best (where Palau rates):
1 Best Dive Site Blue Corner, Palau
24 Best Bar Kramer’s Cafe, Palau
28 Best Dive Operator, Sam’s Tours, Palau
74 Best Dive Site, Ulong Channel, Palau
95 Best Bar, Bottom Time Bar & Grill, Sam’s Tours, Palau
Best Wall Diving
2. Papau New Guinnea
4. Red Sea
Best Macro Diving
3. Papau New Guinea
Best Wreck Diving
3. Solomon Islands
4. Tie – Bali and Queensland
Best Value of Diving Dollar
Best Advanced Diving
3. Red Sea
Best Underwater Photography
2. Tie – Maldives and Palau
5. Red Sea
Best Big Animals
3. Tie – Galapagos and Mexico
5. French Polynesia
Best Marine Environment
5. Red Sea
Best Overall Diving
5. Great Barrier Reef
To cast your vote for the 2014 Top 100 Gold List, go to: http://www.scubadiving.com/top100
Located in the westernmost corner of Micronesia, Palau is an archipelago of more than 586 islands with about 20,000 inhabitants and was the world’s first official Shark Sanctuary, setting the pace for many other destinations to follow suit. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best dive destinations, Palau is the ultimate paradise for the adventurous traveler, boasting some of the most spectacular water features and beaches as well as the world famous, swim friendly Jellyfish Lake and Rock Islands, which was recently inscribed onto United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List. With 1,450 species of fish and 500 species of coral, some have called Palau the “8th Natural Wonder of the World”, while others have identified Palau as “One of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World.” For more information about Palau, please visit www.visit-palau.com.
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