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Micronesia - Palau (Belau)

Palau offers you the world's most beautiful tropical paradise. Famous for its diving, Palau is rated as one of the world's best diving destinations by scuba aficionados. And why not...Palau has unspoiled reefs, caves, and walls with the most amazing array of marine life you can ever imagine.

Palau beckons to you with some of the world's most awesome natural wonders. Imagine the whitest beaches you will ever see, gardens of coral just beneath the clearest waters, lakes filled to the brim with 'sting less' jellyfish. Forests, waterfalls and caves that have never been ravaged by man, and hundreds of islands of the purest beauty abound all along our pristine archipelago.

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Lounging near rock islands - Courtesy of Cliffside Hotel - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Lounging near rock islands in Palau - courtesy of Cliffside Hotel - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com More rock islands - Courtesy of Cliffside Hotel - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Palau rock island - courtesy of Cliffside Hotel - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com The Rock Islands of Micronesia. Photo: Getty Images - Courtesy of images.canberratimes.com.au More rock islands - Courtesy of Cliffside Hotel - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Jellyfish in Palau lake - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Palau rock islands - courtesy of Cliffside Hotel - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com

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The breathtaking video at the bottom of the text was made possible by the good people at Sam's Tours and Ocean Wonders Productions in Palau, Micronesia. The majority of this footage was collected in one day over 3 dives. Palau is like no place on Earth rich in biodiversity - Courtesy of www.youtube.com Diving scenes from Palau - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Intro clips to Survivor show, with good images of the island and wrecks - Courtesy of www.youtube.com

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Activities

Courtesy of static.panoramio.com Sporting Venues Asahi Baseball Field

Belau National Museum - Image coming soon! Museums/Gallery Belau National Museum

Nikko Bay - Image coming soon! Nature/Parks/Beaches Nikko Bay

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Stone pillars - Courtesy of images.nationalgeographic.com Historic Sites Badrulchau Stone Monoliths

Outer Reef Exhibit - Courtesy of www.picrc.org Museums/Gallery Palau Aquarium and International Coral Reef Center

Mandarin fish - Courtesy of www.fishnfins.com Nature/Parks/Beaches Mandarin Fish Lake

Odalmelech Stone Faces - Courtesy of cache.virtualtourist.com Historic Sites Odalmelech Stone Faces

Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Recreation/Sports Pleasure Island Palau

Neco Marine Dive Facility - Palau - Courtesy of OceanIslandTravel.com Diving/Snorkeling Neco Marine

Outside of cultural center - Courtesy of www.southtravels.com Museums/Gallery Ngarachamayong Cultural Center

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Travel Information  Travel Information

From the western seaboard of the United States, you can hop to Hawaii, skip to Guam, then jump to Palau. For a scenic island route, you can do an island hop across Micronesia to Palau. Through Asia, there are twice weekly charter services between Taipei, Taiwan and Palau and additional flights are also available during peak seasons (including South Korea). From Europe, visitors can fly via Emerates direct to Manila, Philippines and onwards with Continental Airlines to Palau--this is possible without overnight stay in Manila.

A great reference for airline flights is located at Visit Palau: Getting There

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History: Palau's early history is still largely veiled in mystery. Why, how or when people arrived on our beautiful islands is unknown, but studies indicate that today's Palauans are distant relatives of the Malays of Indonesia, Melanesians of New Guinea and Polynesians. As for the date of their arrivals, carbon dating of artifacts from the oldest known village sites on the Rock Islands and the spectacular terraces on Babeldaob place civilization here as early as 1,000 BC.

English-Speaking?: YES

Weather: Palau enjoys a pleasantly warm climate all year round with an annual mean temperature of 82 degrees F. (27 deg C.). Rainfall can occur throughout the year, and the annual average is 150 inches. The average relative humidity is 82%, and although rain falls more frequently between July and October, there is still much sunshine. Typhoons are rare as Palau is located outside the typhoon zone.

Customs/VISA: Nationals of any country (except Bangladesh and Myanmar, which must obtain a VISA prior to arrival), can obtain a free visa on arrival. The visa is valid for a maximum stay of 30 days but can be extended twice for a fee. In order to obtain a visa on arrival visitors are required to hold a proof of sufficient funds (USD 200 per week).

Currency: The official currency of the Republic is the U.S. Dollar. Visa, JCB, Master Card, and American Express cards are widely accepted at stores and visitor facilities. There are FDIC insured banks and major hotels with limited foreign currency exchange. In addition, Palau has money transfers such as Western Union or through Bank Institution.

Immunization: Cholera and Yellow Fever immunizations are required for those arriving from infected areas.

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Accommodations  Hotel and Accommodations

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Links
  • Wikipedia: Palau - Palau is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, some 500 miles (800 km) east of the Philippines and 2,000 miles (3,200 km) south of Tokyo...

  • Palau Visitors Authority Website - The Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) is a semi-autonomous body created by law to promote and encourage the development and marketing of tourism as one of the primary economic sectors of the Republic...

  • General Information about Palau - General Information document about Palau from Environmental Quality Protection Board...

  • "Survivor Palau" Map - Information about shooting locations and maps of Survivor Palau TV series filmed in 2005...

  • Culture of Palau - Informative website about the culture, geography, economy and other demographic aspects of Palau....

  • Global Traveler USA- Palau: Island Time - Information about the island and the many different ways to explore the many islands of Palau....

  • Star Alliance Micronesia Airpass - Read how you can travel conveniently throughout Micronesia with the Airpass. It gives you great choice and flexibility to plan an unforgettable journey in this unique corner of the world. You can choose from over 20 destinations within Asia and Micronesia which are covered by the Airpass....

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Jay B. wrote about Guimaras:

"I've been to most of the resorts and islands of Guimaras but 2 that I would like to mention are: 1. Magic Island - a private resort where one could relax and enjoy the entire island as your own since bookings are only limited. Advance booking is necessary if you want to go there.They can arrange a flat boat for u to travel from main island barangay to magic island passing by mangrove forest. The entire stay is worry free since they can cook all your meals and even serve 2 snacks a day. all included on their price rate as well as island hopping tour 2. SEAFDEC, Igang Marine Station - a marine reserve that is usually one of the destination during guimaras island hopping. It houses 2 giant grouper which is now 16 yrs old as of this post. Fish Pens or cages where placed in the middle of the sea that houses not only groupers but also mother milkfishes that grows a meter big as well as 'labahita' a fish that has a blade like tail.. and others that i forgot the names.. the marine reserve has a garden full of giant clams (oh, it's not only in land we can find a garden but here also.. a garden of giant clams!)I've been there twice one with an island hop and just last DEcember 2014, I was just so lucky I was able to get a permit to stay in their pink cottages that was original built for the scientist and researchers. Somehow they can allow tourist to stay but permit through invitation is required. Great adventure with marine life especially during low tide where I got a chance to stroll the sea beds and check on the different species of live sea shells, star fishes, sea cucumbers etc..

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