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"In terms of somewhere truly special that hardly anyone’s ever heard of, the tiny Pacific nation of Palau is hard to beat," says David Whitley, author of Hardly Paradise: Anti-Postcards From A Grumpy Traveller, who blogs at Grumpytraveller.com. "The whole country is a marine sanctuary, meaning the water is beautifully clear. The diving and snorkelling is better than any I’ve seen elsewhere in the world – and that includes numerous trips to the Great Barrier Reef. Throw in hundreds of stunning rock islands to sail around and a lake of bizarrely stingless jellyfish you can swim through, and Palau is spectacularly far out of the ordinary."
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Done six of those.
I'd add Truk Lagoon, if you are making the trek to Palau you might as well drop in there and dive the wrecks. Also consider Yap. You reach them all through Guam and Continental Micronesia has a monopoly on the inter-island flights.