Palau Local Customs

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Palau Local Customs

  • Betel Nut Chewing

    This is common in the islands, many variances depending on which island you are from -- with or without lime, and some leaf. Palauans -- especially on school grounds are not permitted to spit openly. Many are carrying their containers to spit into. You will have to watch that your tongue & teeth do not get too much staining from chewing. It also...

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  • Only for Men

    Visit an Abai (men's hut) -- I believe this is suppose to be open only to men or leaders of their villages.I think the picture I have is an example of one of these huts.

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  • Taking the Bus

    The locals often do not own a vehicle or own vehicles that are not very dependable. Their are also only 61 km (37 mi) of roads in the entire country, only 36 km (22 mi) of which are paved. I found this bus to be a pretty interesting form of travel. I also saw mopeds and small dirty cars.

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  • Watch your compliments

    We stopped at a rustic, large two-story grocery/hardware/souvenir store. I wandered the aisles of the grocery store and saw a lovely young local clerk who had on a beautiful head lei that was totally different from any I had seen in Hawaii. I admired it. She took it off and gave it to me. I tried to refuse, and she wouldn’t hear of it. She said she...

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  • A Little History

    Originally settled around 2000 BC used for agriculture in the terraced northern part of the main Island. The early Palauans used stone currency and carved out of stones other things like the Monoliths and stone faces. The ties to a particular family, clan, or village are very strong among Palauans and for some it is known at birth where the...

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  • Nobody is too Important

    When driving in the northern part of the island we got our car stuck. A testament to the willingness of the people to help was that by a serendipitous coincidence the governors of several of the states of Palau were driving around to check the progress on the roads. They stopped and helped us pull our car out of the ditch and they got stuck as well...

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  • Chewing Betelnut

    As is common in many areas of micronesia betelnut is very popular. It has been recorded in Palau since 1783. It is an acorn shaped nut that is wrapped in a leaf and seasoned with lime, pepper, nutmeg, and some other spices. Many Palauans carry small woven baskets around with them which contain the ingredients.It is similar to chewing tobacco in...

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  • Marijuana Farming

    Palau is one of the Marijuana/Pot capitals of the world!The rich soil, temperate climate, and laid-back culture make this one of the most productive marijuana locales in the world. Privately owned islands can pretty much be self governed so the owners can be entirely dedicated to building their crop. Local islanders smoke pot as freely as cigarette...

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  • Topless in Town

    Native women are often topless. Wether picking up groceries, putting on cultural shows, or doing chores at home this is the way of life. This is normal and you quickly become used to it. Tshirts are very popular also but generally this is when they are going to be in contact with tourists.

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  • Betel nut chewing

    everybody chews betelnut. It's like chewing tobacco. I had worked in Taiwan where betelnut was quite common. However, even the Taiwanese tour guides were amazed at the betelnut prowess of Palauans. Apparently, Palauans add tobacco to the betelnut concoction to give it more kick.Travellers from Taiwan would be invariably asked by the customs whether...

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