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Pinchers Lagoon

Pinchers Lagoon is a 5-minute boat ride or a 30 minute kayak paddle from the docks of Koror (the main city) in the small country of Palau. The lagoon was named Pinchers because the rock island that partially encloses the lagoon is shaped like a crab's claw on aerial view. There is no beach or land to dock on however in this lagoon.

Pinchers Lagoon is a 5-minute boat ride or a 30 minute kayak paddle from the docks of Koror (the main city) in the small country of Palau. The lagoon was named Pinchers because the rock island that partially encloses the lagoon is shaped like a crab’s claw on aerial view. There is no beach or land to dock on however in this lagoon.

When you get there via kayak or boat, you should tie up to the buoy at the middle of the lagoon, then jump in water that’s 20 ft deep at the center, going shallower to the periphery, then deeper to the mouth of the lagoon. With its clear, turquoise waters and fine white sandy bottom, the center of the lagoon, at around 20 ft is such a fantastic classroom for aspiring open water divers! Scuba students are usually taken here for their confined water skills (which in other places are done in a pool), and then continue their first open water dive at the mouth of the lagoon, where the water is much deeper (around 60 – 100 ft max).

The marine diversity is amazing! Fish, of all sizes can be seen around here, and even mantas and some eagle rays visit sometime. There are no sharks though at this part of the water, so don’t be scared! Pinchers would truly astound the new diver, and make them hungry for more fish action. For people who don’t dive, snorkeling at the outskirts of the lagoon, near the rock islands, will also show a lot of fish, but of course, smaller ones. There are also nice corals surrounding the lagoon, so it’s well worth the swim. For locals like me, Pinchers is a quick solution to a hot and boring afternoon! It’s instant fun for the kids too! This is also a nice place to cruise and witness one of Palau’s spectacular sunsets.

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