500-some miles from anywhere, Palau is made up of 340 limestone islands stretching across 180 square miles. It’s one of the best places to dive in the entire world — though there are other ways to get on the water, too.

Koror is the buzziest island, but remember: You’re in the middle of the ocean — only 11,000 people call Koror home, tourism is still yet to boom, and the waves will likely be louder than any nightlife. The average American traveler has yet to discover English-speaking Palau — but scuba divers know this is the place to be. Nab a boat out of resort-esque Koror and get started finding Palau’s pristine.