PALAU

 

“Pristine Paradise. PALAU”


 
Alii! (Welcome or Hello!)
 

Lost in a great expanse of deep blue ocean, there lies a living Eden, one of the few remaining paradises on Earth - PALAU. With untouched beauty that can only be found in this remote corner of the mighty Pacific, this oasis harbors a diverse environment and an ancient island culture, still alive in the warm and inviting people. This is a country that beckons to romantic explorers, divers, and family vacationers, urging them to experience its breathtaking wonders, to encounter its 5,000 years of tradition, and to discover the lush tropical allure of...PALAU.
 
Why Visit Palau?  
 

Palau's 500 tropical islands offer endless attractions across both land and sea. Visitors will find a wide variety of experiences, from the wildly adventurous to the luxuriously relaxing.



 

This island nation in the Pacific is actually home to a UNESCO World Heritage site known as the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon. The marine and terrestrial areas of the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon have unparalleled biological and cultural value to Palau and the world.

Palau is often likened to the Serengeti beneath the waves. Whether you're an avid scuba diver or simply have a deep appreciation for the ocean, you will truly enjoy the luxury of Palau’s pristine waters.

You can find over 1,500 species of fish and 700 types of corals. Dive or snorkel amongst living reefs, schools of colorful fish, coral gardens, and sunken treasures. Kayak through shallow lagoons, jungle canopies, and mangrove channels...keep your eyes open for the 147 species of birds that inhabit Palau of which 13 of those species are endemic to Palau.

Your journey through Palau not only unveils breathtaking landscapes but also introduces you to the resilient spirit of its people, offering a unique blend of tradition and modernity for an enlightening and enriching travel experience. If you seek the true essence of travel, let Palau be your guide—allow yourself to lose track of time and surrender to the authenticity that defines this remarkable destination.

 
Visa and Entry Formalities
 

All visitors must have a valid passport not less than 6 months from date of expiration and proof of return arrangements.

VISAs are NOT required. A 30-day Tourist Visa will be issued upon arrival and may be extended within 7 days in advance with approval of the Chief of Immigration for a fee of US$50.00 before expiration date of the visa. (Note: Maximum of 90 days: 30 days upon arrival plus 2 extensions at US$50.00 fee per extension. After which visitors must exit the country). Citizens of United States of America, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Guam, and the Common Wealth of Northern Marianas Islands with valid passports are issued 1 year Visa upon arrival. Citizens of Myanmar and Bangladesh must have a pre-approved visa.

 
How to Get to the Palau?

 
Where to Stay in the Palau?

Palau offers a diverse selection of places to stay, ranging from motels to beach bungalow options. Most accommodations are conveniently situated in Koror, Palau's most populated state. There are also alternative stays available on the outskirts of Palau, providing a tranquil escape from the busy town of Koror for those looking for complete relaxation. And if you're a diving enthusiast who prefers being surrounded by the clear blue waters and stunning Rock Islands, you'll find several liveaboard options for your diving vacation.
 
How to Get Around in the Palau?

Cruise effortlessly with our car rentals and convenient taxi options, ensuring your journey is as carefree as it is exciting. Dive into the local culture and history, easily accessible through rental cars or curated tours booked with your friendly local operators. Enjoy the ride, make memories, and let the exploration unfold at your leisure!  
 
Culture

Palau is a country rich in tradition and culture. Today, many sites of cultural or historical importance remain intact, reminding modern Palauans of a past long ago, while reinforcing the culture and tradition for future generations.

Despite external influences, no doubt reflect the multifaceted aspects of Palau’s culture, even as many of its innate traits remain. Strongly representing these inherent cultural inclinations in Palau is the traditional dance. Often accompanied by chants, dances are performed mainly at ceremonies or/and special days of events.
 
Snorkeling/Diving

Diving is year-round in Palau. From beginners and intermediate to expert divers, there are over 50 existing dive sites, each possessing distinct characteristics and individual personalities to appeal to everyone’s desires. Palau has been named one of the Underwater Wonders of the World. An archipelago surrounded by a fringe reef, Palau's waters are packed with a great diversity of marine life. World War II relics randomly dot the underwater seascape with an almost perfect sense of dispersion; displaying haunting wrecks over 40 World War II Japanese seaplanes and shipwrecks that render the islands a dream for wreck diving aficionados.

Inside the area sheltered by the Rock Islands' tiny isles are calm seas that afford ideal sites for snorkeling. Year-round warm water temperatures are indescribably soothing and therapeutic, making snorkeling tours compelling. Shallow reefs reveal tropical fish and Technicolor giant clams thriving amongst a prism of corals.
 
Land Tours

While Koror offers shopping and Museums, Babeldaob is full of cultural/historic treasures, from the famous Badrulchau, or Stone Monoliths, to ancient terraces and Stone Faces. Hear the legends and history of these sites from a local guide and wonder about times past. Babeldaob’s terrain transforms gracefully from steep mountains to freshwater lakes to sand dunes along the longest natural beach in Palau. Blessed with these natural as well as historic wonders, ancient stone paths carved out of the jungle centuries ago lead to fascinating remnants of old villages and ancient hillside terraces. On the islands of Peleliu and Angaur, rustic remains are found in the scenic forests, intact after 60 years following one of the fiercest Pacific battles of WWII.
 
Shopping

Discover Palau's diversity of shopping for local handicrafts and souvenirs that are environmentally friendly. Support Palau’s local artisans by visiting our gift shops, the night market, and museums to purchase your souvenirs.
 
Palau Aquarium

The Palau Aquarium at the Palau International Coral Reef Center is the best place to experience Palau's unique marine world without even getting your feet wet. The thematic exhibits showcase outdoor pools and indoor aquarium tanks teeming with Palau’s exotic marine life.
 
Museums

Learn more about Palauan culture, history, and the arts through impressive exhibits showcased at museums in Palau. Visit the oldest museum in the Micronesian region since 1955, the Belau National Museum featuring exhibits of Palau’s culture and history. Or visit Palau’s only private museum, Etpison Museum featuring private collections of Palauan and Micronesian artifact exhibits, history and nature, gift shop, and storyboards. In Peleliu, visit the Peleliu WWII Memorial Museum showcasing artifacts of one of the fiercest battle in the Pacific.
 
Dining

Palau's food scene is just as vibrant and diverse as its underwater treasures. As you travel around the island, explore the wide array of tastes of Palau from the fresh seafood to the rich goods of the land. Palau has an eclectic variety of cuisines with Asian, American, European, Indian, and Middle Eastern influences. With the many offerings you get in Palau, do try the local foods!
 

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