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Discover the Micronesian Nation of Palau Island by Sea


If you happen to’re on the lookout for a singular journey vacation spot that’s off the overwhelmed path, then it’s good to add the Micronesian island of Palau to your bucket checklist. Surrounded by miles upon miles of water, Palau is a tiny speck on the map in the midst of the Western Pacific Ocean, nonetheless it’s house to a few of the world’s most stunning seashores, coral reefs, tradition and historical past—you’ll by no means run out of issues to do in Palau. Listed here are a few of the finest ones to incorporate in your journey.

1. See the 81st Infantry Division Memorial

The 81st Infantry Division Memorial commemorates the Division’s function within the Battle of Angaur throughout World Battle II. It was the final main battle fought within the Mariana Islands marketing campaign and one of many bloodiest battles of the Pacific Battle. Moreover, this served because the non permanent gravesite for American troopers who died in battle. The Memorial is surrounded by a backyard with native vegetation and bushes.

2. Verify Out the Development of Airai Bai

The Airai Bai is Palau’s oldest bai (males’s assembly home) and is located on a stone platform on the coronary heart of Airai village. What makes this over 100 12 months previous construction much more fascinating is that they didn’t use nails, screws, and even rope to carry every thing collectively, simply the wooden.

Historically, bais function a gathering home for the chieftains, the ladies and outsiders want particular permission to enter. At present, guests can get the prospect to find out about Airai Bai’s development and their tradition and traditions.

Airai Bai in Palau

3. See Badrulchau Stone Monoliths

The Badrulchau Stone Monoliths on the hill slopes at Babeldaob Island’s northernmost level are in all probability Palau’s largest and oldest archaeological web site. It’s composed of 52 basalt megaliths (that are round 7+ toes tall!) organized in two rows, a few of which have faces etched onto them. It’s unclear what these stone buildings had been used for, however legend has it that these had been used to assist a big bai the gods constructed, which might maintain a thousand folks inside.

Badrulchau Stone Monoliths in Palau

4. Go to the Belau Nationwide Museum

The Belau Nationwide Museum is a big historic establishment and the oldest museum within the Micronesia area. It’s a museum in Koror, Palau, with over 4,500 artifacts and artwork collections showcasing the tradition and historical past of the Palauan folks. As well as, they’ve an in depth analysis library containing over 5000 volumes. In addition they made a conventional bai for guests to see, and is among the museum’s key options.

5. Dive the Blue Nook Wall

If you happen to love diving, a visit to Palau definitely warrants visiting one in all its world-famous dive websites: Blue Nook.

Positioned 25 miles southwest of Koror, this triangular-shaped reef plateau types a part of Palau’s barrier reef. The shallowest factors are round 25 toes which go additional to 100 toes as you go outward. The dive ends on the edges of the Blue Nook, resulting in a sheer vertical drop into deeper waters of the open ocean.

Due to the robust tidal currents within the space and teeming reefs, you’ll discover lots (and I imply PLENTY) of marine life equivalent to Moorish idols, Napoleon wrasses, and most particularly, sharks. A reef hook can be a should so you’ll be able to stay in place as you watch the varied marine life on the fringe of Blue Nook.

For extra skilled divers (with a cavern diver score), you will discover one other dive web site to the north, a big underwater cavern referred to as the Blue Gap (with one of many passages additionally connecting to Blue Nook).

Dive the Blue Corner Wall

Neco Marine did took me to the Blue Nook, the place the fortunate licensed divers had been surrounded by gray and white tip reef sharks, whereas I snorkeled attempting to identify a stray shark from the highest of the water. And I did see a lonely one from the ocean’s floor.

6. See the Artifacts on the Etpison Museum

The Etpison Museum in Palau is a singular museum that homes artifacts from the nation’s previous. The museum has three flooring, together with a bit on conventional Palauan boats, one other on historic homes, and a 3rd on the nation’s historical past. The artifacts on show additionally embrace conventional clothes, weapons, and instruments, in addition to a bit devoted to the historical past of Palauan ladies.

For souvenirs and items to recollect your go to by, you will discover a big reward store on the highest ground which sells books, garments, carved storyboards, and a lot extra.

7. Dive the German Channel

World-class dive websites fill Palau, and the German Channel is not any exception. Positioned 23 miles southwest of Koror, the place acquired its title due to the artificially dug channel the Germans made that cuts straight by Palau’s barrier reef through the early 1900s. You’ll be able to see this spectacular line from the air, connecting the lagoon with the ocean.

At present, the German Channel is a haven for divers and considered Palau’s primary Manta hotspot due to its many ‘cleansing stations’ (the place small fish ‘clear’ bigger fish like mantas).

German Channel in Palau

German Channel in Palau

8. Loosen up on Honeymoon Seashore

On Peleliu island, 23 kilometers from Koror island, there’s a little, charming seashore referred to as Honeymoon Seashore. With its white, wonderful sand on the coast (and on the underside), hammock-filled tropical gardens, beautiful sea vistas, and distinctive sunsets, the seashore is really a paradise and a frequent spot for divers and snorkeling fans. The seashore can be excellent for beachcombing and picnics.

Honeymoon Beach in Palau

9. Cross the Japan-Palau Friendship Bridge

The Japan-Palau Friendship Bridge is an arch bridge that spans the ravine between the Koror and Babeldaob islands in Palau. It is among the few bridges in Palau that may accommodate each vehicles and pedestrians and is a well-liked spot for vacationers to take images.

The bridge was in-built 1997 with Japanese support through Kajima Company and accomplished in December 2001. It acquired its title to commemorate the twenty fifth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Palau, and serves as a logo of the shut relationship between the 2 international locations.

Japan-Palau Friendship Bridge

10. Take a Dip in Jelly Fish Lake

Jellyfish Lake is a marine lake situated in Eil Malk, Palau. The lake acquired its title from the tens of millions of golden and moon jellyfish that decision it house. Twice a day these jellyfish migrate between the west and east sides of the lake. Due to the lake’s isolation and the jellyfish residing off of the algae connected to them, their stingers pose no menace to people, making it an ideal alternative to go swimming with them! It is among the prime issues to do in Palau!

Jellyfish Lake in Palau

Guests will want a particular Rock Islands/Jellyfish Lake go earlier than they’ll enter the lake. And though swimming and snorkeling are okay, scuba diving is prohibited for 2 causes:

  • the scuba tank’s bubbles are dangerous to the jellyfish if it collects beneath their bellies
  • the excessive concentrations of hydrogen sulfide 15 meters under the floor is deadly to people, and is absorbed by the pores and skin. In fact, this implies snorkelers ought to keep away from going close to this layer.


Jelly Fish Lake

As a substitute of navigating to Jellyfish Lake by yourself, Sam’s Excursions can simply take you there.

11. Snorkel Round Kayangel Island

Kayangel Island is a distant island on the northernmost a part of the nation, 24 km north of Koror. The island is understood for its untouched seashores, coral atolls, and totally different species of bananas.

Guests to Kayangel can count on to expertise a peaceful and enjoyable expertise, whether or not it’s lengthy walks on the seashore, snorkeling its emerald waters, or having a style of their bananas or seeing their large coconut crabs! So for those who’re on the lookout for a quiet getaway from the noise of metropolis life, Kayangel is the place to be.

12. Discover Koror Island

If it’s your first time visiting Palau, Koror Island is the proper place to begin your journey. Proper from the get-go, you’ll come throughout a few of the finest vacationer spots within the nation, like Nikko Bay and the Japan-Palau Friendship Bridge. And since Koror is on the coronary heart of the nation, it’s straightforward to hop from one vacationer vacation spot to the subsequent, from the Rock Islands to Babeldaob to all different close by islands.

Koror Island in Palau

13. Checkout the Largest Freshwater Lake in Palau: Lake Ngardok

Lake Ngardok is the most important pure freshwater lake in Palau and in all the Micronesia area. Guests can catch a glimpse of a number of species of wildlife and flora whereas mountain climbing the gorgeous surroundings across the lake. A few of these embrace crocodiles, bladderworts (a kind of carnivorous plant), the uncommon Widespread Moorhen, and Palau’s nationwide hen, the biib (Palauan Fruit Dove).

Palau's Lake Ngardok

14. Stroll the Lengthy Seashore Sandbar

Palau has fairly a number of ‘hidden’ gems for vacationers to find, and Lengthy Seashore is one in all them. It’s a scenic seashore on Koror Island that reveals itself throughout low tide.

Throughout this time, a slim stretch of white sand with a backdrop of emerald blue waters seems, connecting two rock islands. This makes it an ideal alternative to take a stroll and take some images. You would possibly even get the prospect to see a starfish or two.

As this is among the hottest locations in Palau, the place can get a little bit bit crowded at occasions, particularly because it solely seems through the low tide. Make sure to ask the locals for instructions on learn how to get there!

15. Go to Malakal Island

The petite sized Malakal Island is situated on the western a part of Koror Island. Whereas many of the well-liked locations are in islands like Babeldaob or the Rock Islands, Malakal has fairly a number of surprises of its personal.

You’ll discover loads of eating places to select from, such because the open air Drop Off Bar & Grill (check out their poke bowl and Tsunami Burger) and Carp Restaurant (large serving parts, plus one so as to add to your bizarre meals bucket checklist: bat soup). If you happen to simply wish to sit again and loosen up, you may also take within the seaside and island views on the IceBox Park on the island’s southern half.

Malakal Island in Palau

16. Swim within the Milky Approach Lagoon

For some, a soothing (and rejuvenating) trip is rarely full with out some type of pampering, whether or not it’s a therapeutic massage or a spa remedy to soften the stress away. And right here in Palau, you’ll absolutely not be dissatisfied.

The  Milky Approach Lagoon on the Rock Islands is Palau’s pure mud bathtub. It acquired its title due to its white, clay-like sands, which guests also can put throughout their our bodies for its therapeutic properties. In fact, you’ll additionally get to take pleasure in different actions like scuba diving and swimming.

Milky Way Palau

17. Go to Ngardmau Falls

Ngardmau Falls (often known as Taki Waterfalls) is a broad waterfall discovered on the north central east coast of Babeldaob, in Ngiwal. It is usually Palau’s tallest waterfall, with a top of roughly 20 meters (65 toes).

This scenic waterfall encompasses a viewing platform and picnic tables across the backside. Guests also can plunge in its waters, excellent for cooling off after mountain climbing. You’ll be able to attain this by happening a 20-30 min hike by the luxurious jungle. Alternatively, you’ll be able to hop on the monorail, which takes you close to the waterfall.

Monte Altura Fortress

18. Discover Ngerukewid

Ngerukewid is among the most postcard-worthy views in Palau. With its peculiar-shaped islands surrounded by a sea of blue and emerald, it’s straightforward to see why vacationers adore it.

Though the title means ’70’ in Palauan, it’s really a group of 37 small coral islands, which additionally function a nesting web site for sea turtles. As a result of it’s a protected space, guests are solely allowed to see Ngerukewid aboard a airplane or a ship (which is moored carefully).

19. Kayak Nikko Bay

Nikko Bay is a singular limestone atmosphere recognized for its thriving corals and unique sea creatures. Positioned in Koror, it’s house to probably the most various coral reefs on Earth. As a result of it’s sheltered from the wind and waves, it makes for the proper spot to do some kayaking. You’ll be handled to limestone caves, sheer cliff partitions, and pure archways in a sea of bushes as you paddle round its waters.

In fact, don’t miss out on what’s within the water. From diploastrea to pink sea fan to 8-banded butterflyfish and extra, it’s going to absolutely be a deal with for marine fans and vacationers alike.

20. Go to the Palau Aquarium

The Palau Aquarium is a superb place to study in regards to the native marine life and their atmosphere. It options Palau’s 5 distinctive marine ecosystems: mangroves, interior reef, outer reef, reef crest, and seagrass. In fact, you’ll additionally see the creatures that inhabit these locations, equivalent to mudskippers, sharks, angelfish, corals, and snappers, to call a number of. And so as to add extra to the expertise, you’ll additionally get to see the fishes in motion throughout feeding time (which varies for every fish). For souvenirs, head to their Large Clam Present Store, the place they promote shirts, posters, and extra.

21. Take within the Historical past on Peleliu Island

The islands round Palau every have their very own tales to inform, and one such island is Peleliu. It is called the situation of the Battle of Peleliu throughout World Battle II, with traces of the previous nonetheless current at present within the type of rusted army stays and underwater shipwrecks. The island has been listed on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations and designated a US Nationwide Historic Landmark.

Some must-see sights to catch a glimpse of the island’s historical past embrace the Peleliu World Battle II Memorial Museum and Peleliu Shinto Shrine.

Peleliu Island

22. Discover the Rock Islands

The Rock Islands (often known as Chelbacheb) is a group of round 250 to 300 small limestone and coral islands discovered between Koror and Peleliu. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Website

 in 2012, and has attracted vacationers with its seashores, blue lagoons, and umbrella/mushroom-shaped islands. It additionally serves as an vital hen space, house to Palau’s endemic birds just like the Palau floor doves and biib.

Make sure to try Ngermeaus Island for those who’re on the lookout for contemporary seafood and an opportunity to satisfy sharks, and Dolphins Pacific to find out about and meet dolphins.

Rock Islands

23. Windsurf at Salty Wind

Salty wind is a windsurfing spot in Palau that’s recognized for its robust wind and waves. The wind right here is good for windsurfing, and the waves present a problem for skilled surfers. The realm can be well-liked with kitesurfers and windsurfers, because the wind is robust sufficient to supply good situations for each sports activities. There are a number of windsurfing faculties in Palau that provide classes for novices, and there are additionally a number of competitions held right here every year. Salty wind is a superb spot for each skilled windsurfers and novices alike.

24. See Stone Cash

Palau was as soon as a limestone quarry web site for the Yapese folks, who carved the limestone into (principally) human-sized stone cash they name ‘rai stones’ (palan in Palau). They then take the stones again to their house island of Yap, which is roughly 500km away from Palau. What’s fascinating is that the rai stones’ worth is determined by how harmful the journey again to their island is.

At present, remnants of those historic stone cash can nonetheless be seen in Palau (and all over the world), one in all which is on Metuker ra Bisech in Airai. Those on the island of Yap are additionally nonetheless utilized by the Yapese folks in conventional methods, like as a wedding reward.

25. Go to The Capitol

The Capitol is house to the Palau Nationwide Congress in Ngerulmud (the executive capital of Palau). It’s situated alongside the east coast and is a 40 min trip from Koror. The palace’s design relies on the US Capitol, making it stand out from the remainder of the buildings you will notice round Palau. Though there aren’t any inside excursions, guests can as a substitute discover the Capitol’s grounds, which offer picturesque views of the panorama and the ocean.

Palau Capitol

26. Go to the Website of Survivor: Ulong Island

If you happen to’ve watched Survivor: Palau, you would possibly bear in mind Ulong Island as the house of the ‘Koror’ and ‘Arai’ groups. Nevertheless, you’ll discover that there’s a lot to find in regards to the island.

For one, it’s thought of to be the most effective drift dive spots on this planet as a consequence of its robust currents. A few of the cliffs are additionally house to a formidable show of Palauan cave work, which you’ll go to by mountain climbing.

Ulong Island

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As you’ll be able to see, there are many issues to see and do in Palau. Whether or not you’re on the lookout for an island journey or rest, this idyllic island Micronesian nation has one thing to supply. So what are you ready for? Begin planning your journey to Palau at present!

Finest Ideas for Visiting Palau

Getting There: Roman Tmetuchl Worldwide Airport is the principle airport in Palau nonetheless, it’s additionally vital to let you already know that there are seven main hubs for flights to Palau’s Roman Tmetuchl Worldwide Airport (ROR), and half of them have a direct flights from america and Canada. You’ll be able to simply verify for the perfect fare offers at Skyscanner, which additionally has the choice to decide on ‘least expensive month’ because the departure to seek out the bottom priced dates to fly to your vacation spot. Upon touchdown on the Roman Tmetuchl Worldwide Airport, there aren’t any taxis or technique of public transportation. You have to due to this fact have pre-arranged transportation from the airport to your resort or guesthouse.

The place to Keep in Palau: It’s finest to remain close to the town middle, public transportation or the realm that you may be spending essentially the most time in. Palau Central Lodge is a superb alternative within the Koror district. For one thing on the inexpensive facet, strive Palau Lodge located in Koror. For a resort with a little bit extra extravagance, ebook a room on the The Pristine Villas and Bungalows at Palau Pacific Resort. Or search some nice offers on lodges of your alternative at If you happen to’re on the lookout for extra of a house ambiance (or are touring with a gaggle of individuals), head over to Airbnb that has homes, residences and even only a room for hire in each value vary. 

Getting Round:  Automotive leases and restricted bus service can principally be situated within the metropolis of Koror. Taxis can be found throughout Koror and Malakal, and if you wish to go across the islands you’ll be able to go on trip public ferries, be part of a tour for a day journey or hire a constitution boat.

Finest Excursions in Palau: You will discover a few of the prime excursions at Get Your Information or Viator, and listed here are a few of the prime ones. excursions:

Insurance coverage: It’s all the time a good suggestion to journey totally insured so you’re protected in case of journey cancellations or medical emergencies. You’ll be able to try pricing at Travelex Insurance coverage

Common Adapter: Your American plugged gear will want an adapter. I take advantage of the Celtic Common Adapter, which has introduced me all over the world with no issues.

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