How to find wildlife and nature on your adventure

As spring hits, the northern hemisphere blossoms into life. Discover Wordsworth’s lyrical landscapes as England’s Lake District transforms under a blanket of daffodils or recline with a picnic beneath the cherry blossoms in Japan.

Elsewhere in the world, underwater worlds are waiting to be explored and brilliant birdlife throngs the ever-enchanting Galápagos.

 

Palau is the place for underwater adventures in paradise

The Micronesian nation of Palau looks pretty amazing above water: it’s a sprinkle of 200-odd lush-green limestone outcrops, sheltered lagoons, white sands and blindingly turquoise seas. But it’s under water where things become truly spectacular. This is the sub-aqua Serengeti, with 1500 fish species, soft corals and sea fans, sheer drop-offs and WWII wrecks.

Palau is balmy year-round, and there’s no really bad time to dive here. However, dry-season April, when seas are calmer and clearer, is a good choice. Also, whale sharks and manta rays are more likely January to April, while green and hawksbill turtles are most often seen April to July. The icing on the cake? Jellyfish Lake, a lagoon pulsating with a million translucent, stingless jellies – it’s like snorkelling through the chorus line of an immense submarine ballet.

  • Trip plan: Keen divers should consider a liveaboard trip, to maximise dive options and ease access to the best sites (including Blue Corner and German Channel).
  • Need to know: Roman Tmetuchl International Airport is on Babeldaob island; it’s a 1½-hour flight from Guam (which has US connections), four hours from Tokyo.
  • Other months: May-Oct – wet, typhoons more likely; Nov-Apr – drier, best diving.