Palau is truly the remote destination for nature lovers and outdoor and marine enthusiasts. It is not an easy destination to reach from Europe or the states. Non stop flights connect in Japan or Guam – this is part of Micronesia – about 800 km as the crow fly’s from Manilla, Philippines.This island nation has not yet been overly developed with strip malls, high rise condo’s, fast food restaurants that plague many island nations. This is uniquely refreshing and should be cherished rather than maligned.
There are only approximately 20,000 people in the entire country – most of these are centered around the small city of Koror. As a result, it is easy to “get away” from people. Palau boasts a diversity of outdoor attractions ranging from the picturesque “Rock Islands” hundreds of small limestone islands covered in bright green vegetation and surrounded by aquamarine waters, to Jellyfish Lake (swim with sting-less jellyfish), to World War II history (Peleliu Island) to excellent and unique diving opportunities, to Kayangel – the northern most remote atoll with brilliantly stunning beaches and surrounding waters. A beautiful waterfall is located in the northern part of the country and Palau also has Micronesia’s longest freshwater river.
We have written three articles about Palau – “Visit Kayangel Palau“, “Exploring the Wonders of Palau” and “World War II History Tour on Peleliu Island, Palau“. Also visit the official Palau Visitor’s Authority: www.pristineparadisepalau.com
Greetings! I just had to say that Palau Rock Islands photo is great and your article has me thinking of going there next year.Great post Dave!
Thanks Frank – I’m wishing I could return for another visit – Palau and then Kosrae Island to!