Peleliu Travel Guide

  • Wreckage in the Jungle
    Wreckage in the Jungle
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  • Former President's Grave
    Former President's Grave
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  • Japanese Headquarters Communications Center
    Japanese Headquarters Communications...
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  • Former President's Grave

    The first president of Palau was Haruo Remeliik who was assainated while in office in June of 1985. He was originally from Peleliu and his grave is the one on the left of the picture. The other grave belongs to Mamoru Nakamura who was the first Cheif Justice of Palau and he died 25 April 1992. The graves are located at the north end of Klouklubed...

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  • Japanese Headquarters Communication...

    In between the airstrip and Bloody Nose Ridge is the Japanese Headquarters Communication Center. This was the main building for the Japanese while on Peleliu. Today it is just a shell of what it used to be. The jungle has taken over much of the building especially the roof which I think looks quite nice.

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  • Orane Beach and White Beach

    Both Located on the west side of Peleliu they got their names from the Americans who designated them as places to land and invade Peleliu from. Orange Beach is the more important one and the one that was hardest fought for as many men lost there lives here. Orange Beach sits right next to the former American cementary and between the two was an old...

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  • Wildcat Division Monument

    At the south end of the village of Klouklubed is a monument to the RCT 321 81st Infantry Wildcat Division of the American military. The Wildcat Div. fought battles across Micronesia and especially the Palau Islands. Their slogan was "Wildcats never quit." The monument is just east off the main road and is set in a nice lush area around some...

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  • South Dock

    Besides a place to catch boats, the South Dock is a nice place to kill some time. The most notable feature about this place is that it is lined with old rusting American pontoons. It was the Americans who developed this area during World War 2. There is a nice field with picnic tables and the water here is so very clear that you want to jump into...

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  • Bloody Nose Ridge Monuments

    Bloody Nose Ridge was a huge battle site on Peleliu that many American and Japanese lost their lives here. There are two monuments here on the Umurbrogal Mountains, one for the Americans which was the first one here and one for the Japanese which came afterwards. I find it kind of interesting that the Japanese one came afterwards and is so much...

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  • Klouklubed

    This is the main village on the island (there are only 4 villages if you can call them that) and is where most of the people live and most of the shops are. Klouklubed is a quite a clean place with nice wide streets and friendly people. There are a couple of sights to see here but that will only take you half an hour (including the time it takes to...

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  • Japanese Holdouts

    There have been many stories of Japanese soldiers who held out and some kept the war going because they did not believe that World War 2 had ended. Peleliu was one of the places where this had happened. Second Lieutenant Ei Yamaguchi and 33 of his fellow men continued on a year and a half after WW2 ended and around two and half years after the...

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  • Site of the First Bombing of Peleliu

    This was the sight of the very first bombing of Peleliu during World War 2 that would be the start of one of the bloodiest battles. It was a cave that the Japanese made into a bunker where they stored and I believe made ammunitions. It is a fair size of around 15 metres by 40 metres and 10 metres high or so. The bunker is now pretty much a mess...

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  • Former American Cementary

    There used to be an American servicemen cementary on Peleliu but the bodies were repatriated back to the USA a few years after World War 2. Today it is a monument. There are 2 large monuments dedicated to the Wildcat Division and a white cross in between the 2. Just to the north are the remains of the church that used to be there. It's a quiet area...

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  • World War 2 Japanese Cannon

    This is probaly one of the more scenic sites to visit in Peleliu. It is a WW2 Japanese cannon slightly inside a cave. You climb a couple flights of stairs and then this is right there. You can walk off to the left which leads to a cave entrance and brings you to the rear of the cannon. When I was there, there was a fair amount of crabs in the cave....

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  • 1000 Man Cave

    The 1000 Man Cave is the largest of the caves the Japanese used and was the last one to be taken by the Americans. It is a huge cave with many entrances to wander around. The Japanese used it for just about everything. There was a hospital inside in which there are still many bottles laying around, storing all sorts of things needed for a war,...

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Peleliu Warnings and Dangers

  • Bones

    Peleliu was the site of some horrific fighting. When people are entrenched in caves (which there are hundreds of caves in Peleliu) one of the best ways to fight them is with the use of a flame thrower. This must of been a horrible way to die being burned to death while the fire is consuming all the air in the cave. In many of the caves, the burn...

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  • Old Ammunition

    Since Peleliu was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific and lasting for such a long time, there is bound to be old, unused ammunition and stuff that did not go off. Adding to that that when Palau became an independant nation they stopped all digging with regards to WW2. Walking inside of the more visited caves you can see unused...

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    by canuckmike Written Aug 29, 2006

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    Favorite thing: One of the top reasons to visit this island is for all the war history. If you want to go around and explore all the caves, pill boxes, and all the other war wreckage you need a Land Tour Permit. It costs $3 US per person and is good for one day. The local cops seem to like to enforce this because they really don't have much else to do, although when they approached me it was after the fact I did my exploring and just were questioning me. You can get them at the state building.

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