Kayak at the North end of Palau
I am not sure if there is a bus there, but you can take a car/taxi to the north end of Palau. Go to the North Beach Cottage. You can rent a room there for the night, or just rent a kayak and play in the water or along the beach.
The beach is NOT busy at all, in fact there were NO people when we were there. White sand with a protected water area. there is coral out about 100 feet so inside that is smooth paddling. A VERY nice secluded feeling, and very romantic ;)
if your making a trip up north, this is a must see! If i remember correct kayak rental was only around $5-10, it may have been hourly.
we went snorkeling around a lot there and found most is dead. some fish, sea cucumber and little coral further out.It seems unsafe for swimming past the reef.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
WWII tour - Battle of Peleliu
Palau has activities for the non-scuba divers and snorkellers. Peleliu, an island located downsouth of Koror, 2 hours boat ride from Sams Tours jetty, has a historical record of having to fight the bloodiest battle in Palau.
The tour lasted about 2.5 hours and places of interest generallly include visitations to Japanese and American soldiers' memorial sites, the museum, airstrip, tanks, caves used by Japanese as a base to hide from bombings/attacks and beaches where many Japanese troops fought and died during the battle.
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Pass the day on your own beach
Have you ever thought about owning your own beach. Now you can imagine one for your very own. Their are many to choose from for the day. Be sure to get a permit & pack your lunch, snacks, drinks, beach gear, etc. Don't leave anyone behind when you sail off.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
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- Diving and Snorkeling
Odalmelech Stone Faces
The Odalmelech Stone Faces (OSF) are in Melekeok Municipality in Melekeok State on Babeldaob Island. The OSF are one of Palau's older sites being dated to around 895 A.D.. The OSF are believed to represent Odalmelech and his 5 councilmen. There might possibly a seventh stone face in the area. In the area there is a sign saying in detail about a bit of the history and tells about the legend of Odalmelech. I wouldn't make this a trip on it's own but it is good to include as a stop on a road trip especially if visiting the new capital building because the road that goes in front of the capital will take you very close to the stone faces.
Imeung Traditional Village
In Ngaremlengui State there is an old Imeung Traditional Village. There is not too much left of it expect for the stone pathways and other basic rock formations. It is though set in a beautiful well kept area and is nice to stroll around. As we were walking around we met a lady and her young daughter from the surround village as they were going to their grandmother's grave to visit here. The lady was quite nice and the young girl was full of energy. To get here from Koror take the left route on the ring road that goes around Babeldaob. At around 23 km take the road that goes off to the left and follow that road.
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Aimeliik Bai is replica bai that was built fairly recently. It is quite nice with it's decorations both inside and outside of it. It is less tourist travelled area as I only saw about 3 vehicles pass by when I was in the area. It is in Aimeliik State on Babeldaob Island. Coming from Koror onto Babeldaob take the left route on the ring road. At 9.3 km or so there will be a road going off to the left. Take and follow signs that point towards Malsol's Tomb because it is along the same path but well before it.
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Ngaremlengui State Cannons
In Ngaremlengui State there are two World War 2 era Japanese cannons that are in good condition. To get here drive to Babeldaob island from Koror and take the left route on the island ring road. At around 23 km there will be a road off to the left. Take the road and follow it past the Traditional Imeung Village. Before you get to town there will be a red coloured road on the right hand side that goes upward. Follow it up as it will take you around a bend then to a flat area. Keep on going a few more meters and you will come across them. There are two of them. One is more out in the open while the other is close to the tree line. This area gives you some decent views.
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Malsol was known as the bravest warrior in Ngeremlengui and one day he made enemies with a women known as Dirrengulbai (Dirr). He either murdered her brother or just insulted his corpse which made Dirr made and she wanted revenge. She married a chief then refused to sleep with him. When the chief inquired why and she told him of Malsol. From there the chief got a warrior from a village by the name of Bekeu el Bechab (BB) to bring Malsol back for punishment. BB took off to find Malsol and eventually found him near a lagoon. The 2 men began fighting in BB's canoe from which Malsol jumped out so he would have a better chance. Malsol was winning the fight when BB pulled out a shark tooth weapon bracelet and seriously wounded Malsol in the stomach. He took Malsol back to Dirr in which she spat in his face and had the women of the village stone him to death. Those stones now make Malsol's Tomb.
It is a bit annoying getting here because there is not too many signs and the road forks a bit. It is located in Aimeliik State on Babeldaob. From the main ring road coming from Koror, go the left route. In 9.3km take the road that goes to the left. Follow it and it should come to another road with a sign. It goes past the Aimeliik Bai and some terraces. There will a bit of a bend in the road and from there is a smaller road that goes a head with a house near the intersection. Walk up the road and in less than a kilometre there will be stairs going up the right. It will lead you to a building and Malsol's tomb is next to it.
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Almost right across the street from the Ngiwal State Office is a museum of sorts. The have sculptures of some of the legends of the area. They also have some caged animals which don't look the happiest, but I have seen much worse. It is a nice area to stroll around. It is outside right on the coast so you have a nice sea breeze and the sound of waves lapping against the shore. I forget the cost because I was talking with the caretaker for a while and he didn't charge us full admission. I paid US $5 total and that was giving an extra dollar. They do have a charge for using a camera but he didn't charge anything. He was really quite friendly and invited us to the State Office for lunch and lunch was quite nice indeed.Related to:
- Museum Visits
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World War 2 Monument
Located in Ngatpang State on Babeldaob Island is a monument for the souls of the American and Japanese soldiers and for the people of Palau that were involved in World War 2. It is in an area with nothing else really around it so I found that interesting. I believe it was placed there in 1995 and it's worth a look see if you are driving by it. Coming up from Koror you take a left on to the island ring road and once you are in Ngatpang State it will be on your right hand side.
If you don't spend all your money in the karaoke lounges, you should save enough to take a day trip. Hire a boat, take some food and go to some of the Rock Islands.
The erosion creates these rock islands which have been undermined by years of pounding seas.
There are a few where you can moor, walk the jungle paths or relax on the beaches.
With the hire boats, most will pre-pack a lunch to have on the beach, miles from anywhere and anyone. The water is so clear you can see the clams on the sea-bed.
Looking down, they seem to be within hands reach but after 20 seconds vertical dive, you have to surface and grab an air-tank.
Don't go out without a snorkel or scuba gear.
If you find that Koror town is not as exotic...
...as you expected, if you want to avoid the crowds of international divers, then try the southern islands of Peleliu and Angaur. You'll find peace and quiet and very warm people there. Accomodations are basic, but affordable and rarely full. There's Air Palau flying daily to both islands, but boat trip (takes about 2 hours) at $5 one-way was just fine with me.
Peleliu has two dive shops and most of the dives made from Koror are actually much closer to Peleliu, plus there are some wonderful dives that Koror dive shops usually don't offer. Go diving the Peleliu Express, you won't regret it!
There's plenty of remains from WWII to explore as well - ask Tangie at Mayumi's Inn to show you around.
Pielelu, does anyone know how to spell that:)
Theres only so much you can do on Koror, we went to Peilelu. Theres war ruins, some dive tour that looks at the war stuff underwater, some graves, and all that stuff does feel creepy. Take a day trip.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Pet the Manta Ray
The hotel has a shallow fish pond that contains many wonderful fish including two manta rays. One is so tame that if we splashed the water at the side of the pond, it would come over and let us “pet” him. It also contained several blue starfish and an electric blue little fish called the Palau blue damsel.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
Get the Car Dirty
After getting stuck and then pulled out of the ditch we had put a little bit of dammage on our car (some scratches) and gotten it really muddy. fortunately we had travel insurance and that took care of it.
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