The Palau Islands are an archipelago consisting of around 343 volcanic islands & limestone coral islets that stretch 650 kms across the Pacific Ocean in the far western region of Micronesia. Only eight of the islands are inhabited, with the capital being Koror serving as the central traveler’s hub. While the majority of tourists decide to stay in Koror, where most of the resorts, motels and tourist infrastructure is located. If you are looking for a more secluded and private holiday then we would recommend that you search for accommodation in the northern and southern islands.
Palau offers you the some of the worlds most beautiful tropical islands with secluded white sandy beaches, blue lagoons and is among the world’s most spectacular diving and snorkeling destinations so you definitely wont be short of water based activities and scenic tropical islands and beaches to explore.
Palau is most famously known for the “Rock Islands” also called Chelbacheb, which are a collection of 250-300 mushroom shaped, foliage-covered limestone isles that seem to float above the surface of the sapphire sea in the Southern Lagoon between Koror and Peleliu. Kayaking through them will reveal a number of beautiful white sandy beach hideaways perfect for a secluded afternoon surrounded by some of the most spectacular views and clear pristine waters you could ever wish for.
Palau is considered to be one of the worlds premier diving destinations and it is when you venture below the water’s surface that you soon understand the reason why Palau is rated so highly by scuba diving aficinados. Divers and snorkelers are treated to a diverse technicolor paradise of unspoilt coral reefs, blue holes, WW2 wrecks, hidden caves and tunnels, more than 60 vertical drop-offs to play with, and an astonishing spectrum of coral and marine life.
There are giant clams that weigh a quarter of a ton to huge numbers of sharks, turtles, dolphins and many species of migratory fish that gather here at the crossroads of three of the world’s major ocean currents.
One of the most unique and unusual diving experiences that you can partake in is to swim in the land locked Jellyfish lake with 21 million softly pulsating, stingless jellyfish. This has to be seen to be believed.
Palau offers the traveler a wide variety of hotel accommodations, from full-service, luxury resorts and moderately priced bungalows, to economical motels and bungalows modeled on traditional architectural styles. Whether price, comfort, or lifestyle are your considerations, Palau’s natural beauty ensures a pleasant experience and memorable stay.
CLIMATE AND WHEN TO GO
Koror’s average highest temperature is 30°C, with the average low 24°C; humidity averages 80%. The annual rainfall is 373cm with June to August considered the wet season and February and March being the driest months. It has to be said that rain in Palau can seemingly strike at any time, but as with the tropics after the down pour the sun will be shining in no time.
Air – Direct flights can be taken from the Philippines and Taiwan as well as daily flights from Tokyo and USA which usually have a stopover in Guam, before continuing onto Palau. All flights arrive at the Palau International Airport.
Sea – Visiting yachts should notify the harbor master before arrival. Yachts moor at Malakal Harbor and at M-Dock.