Major Tourist Attractions: Jellyfish Lake, Palau Aquarium, Ngardmau Waterfall, Malakal Island, Belau National Museum
When most people think of Palau, they often assume it’s a single island in Micronesia. The truth is, Palau is made up of 250 islands and was once a US Territory, but is now an independent nation.
Palau is a key destination for scuba divers as the area is considered to hold some of the best dive spots in the world. For those who don’t dive, there are plenty of noted snorkel sites and other water-related activities. Fishing charters are available, along with cultural and historic tours.
Other options for things to do include Dolphins Pacific, a marine research facility that studies dolphins and their habitat, while educating the local population on marine conservation. Or visit Koror Jail, the only jail in Palau. Here you can see beautiful storyboards (which can be purchased) by the inmates.
Palau is divided into 16 states. Koror is the former capital of Palau and where about 70% of the country resides. The new capital is Melekeok and is located on the island of Babeldaob. Palau maintains a tropical climate year-round, with a lot of rain and high humidity. The most rainfall occurs between July and October, but typhoon activity is rare as Palau sits just out of the main typhoon zone.
US citizens visiting Palau do not need a visa and nearly all other visitors will receive a 30-day visa on arrival, but it’s best to verify with the Palau embassy in your own country. Only a few destinations fly into Palau, along with some charter flights from other parts of Asia. Regularly scheduled flights are available from Guam, Tokyo, and Seoul.
In Palau, you can:
- Snorkel Jellyfish Lake with millions of stingless jellyfish
- Dive some of Palau’s best dive spots
- Explore bizarre eats like fruit bat, a local delicacy
- Visit the Palau International Coral Reef Center aquarium and museum
- Try the local Red Rooster Beer, brewed right in Koror
- Stay at one of Koror’s five-star resorts and lounge on the beautiful beaches
- Book a liveaboard and spend a few days diving many of Palau’s other islands
- Take a hiking and waterfall tour
- Tour Rock Islands and visit the “milky way,” known for its mud
- Rent a kayak and explore Palau
- Interact with dolphins at Dolphins Pacific
- Take a WWII tour on Babeldaob Island
- Visit Koror Jail and see finely carved storyboards
Address: Airai, Palau
Phone: 680 587 2920