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    Do not miss Angaur Island

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Aug 22, 2014

    I landed in Koror, a not very interesting island, hence I took a boat to Angaur, the Island of the Monkeys, crossing the Seventy Islands, one of the three most scenic and beautiful archipelagos of tiny islands in the whole Ocean Pacific (there is another one between Honiara and Gizo, in the Solomon, and the third one is located around Vavau, in Tonga).
    During that boat journey I was exulted. Once in Angaur I asked for the chief, and after giving him a present (a Russian matrioshka), as is the practice, he showed me an Abai to sleep. Every traditional Island in the Micronesia has an Abai, or meeting house, where people join to talk internal affairs and lodge visitors.
    Every night all the young natives take a lantern and go to catch enormous eating coconuts crabs. When you walk in that pleasant island you have to be careful with your cap, glasses and pencils in you shirt pocket, because the monkeys are thieves and will rob you while you are walking.
    After two weeks in Palau I flew to Yap.

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    visit milky way and get nice skin

    by hanspeter_W. Written Oct 3, 2013

    The Milky Way Lagoon is famous for its being a natural spa treatment. Locals and tourists alike look forward to apply the white mud from the lagoon all over their body. Tourist guides claim that applying the mud will make you lose ten years off your age. Well, it doesn’t matter if it delivers or not because the experience alone is worth it.

    Aside from the natural spa experience, The Milky Way Lagoon also offers a stunning view of natural beauty.

    It is a nice place to have a soothing and relaxing time. It is tranquil and peaceful, great for soul-searching.

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    visit jellylake

    by hanspeter_W. Written Oct 3, 2013

    Jellyfish Lake (Palauan: Ongeim'l Tketau, "Fifth Lake") is a marine lake located on Eil Malk island in Palau. Eil Malk is part of the Rock Islands, a group of small, rocky, mostly uninhabited islands in Palau's Southern Lagoon, between Koror and Peleliu. There are about 70 other marine lakes located throughout the Rock Islands. Jellyfish Lake is one of Palau's most famous dive (snorkeling only) sites. It is notable for the millions of golden jellyfish which migrate horizontally across the lake daily.

    Jellyfish Lake is connected to the ocean through fissures and tunnels in the limestone of an ancient Miocene reef. However the lake is sufficiently isolated and the conditions are different enough that the diversity of species in the lake is greatly reduced from the nearby lagoon. The golden jellyfish, Mastigias cf. papua etpisoni, and possibly other species in the lake have evolved to be substantially different from their close relatives living in the nearby lagoons.

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    Belau National Museum and Etpison Museum

    by Ekahau Updated May 26, 2013

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    Love the little Museums and the Palauan art work they exhibit from all aspects of Palauan life, including art, photo history, Palau storyboards and sculptures. I love history and found the walk that traces the history of German Japanese colonial occupation and US trust territory. The center piece to me was the beautiful wood-and-thatch communal meeting center. It is carved and painted with gorgeous Palauan legends and built in the traditional Palau manner set above the ground on stone stacks made of rough planks with notched jointing.

    Cost $10

    Monday − Friday 9:00am − 5:00pm
    Saturday 10:00am − 5:00pm
    Sunday 1:00pm − 5:00pm

    I also visited the Etpison Museum the same day also worth a trip
    P.O. Box 7049, Koror, Koror Island 96940, Palau
    680-488-6730

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    Tobi and Helen outer Islands

    by Ekahau Written May 25, 2013

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    Some like it remote Tobi Island, is remote it is the southernmost of Palau's sixteen states, consisting of Tobi Island with a population of about 20 and Helen Reef with a population of 3 make up this state

    Helen or Helens Reef (Hotsarihie), about 70 km east of Tobi Island, is a large atoll, with one island Helen Island. . The atoll is 25 km long and nearly 10 km wide, with a lagoon area of 103 km² and a total area including reef flat of 163 km². A channel leads into the lagoon from near the middle of the western side of the reef. Immediately south of the channel is Round Rock. The lagoon has about 85 Reefs and no divers or at least not often .

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    Peleliu Island WW2 Museum.

    by Ekahau Written May 25, 2013

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    I saw A program on the history channel about one of the of the fiercest battles of WWII took which took place on Peleliu Island in Palau during 1944. Kloulklubed is the main settlement on the Palau island of Peleliu. it is situated at the northern end of the island, close to North beach. The village was a centre of Japanese operations during World War II, and the remains of the Japanese communications centre is still standing in the village. A monument to the Battle of Peleliu is also located in the village. many of the buildings and debris of war still remain in place and you can see some of it Peleliu World War II Museum. Rusted out tanks guns weapons and ammunition are displayed the day I was there a small group of vets and family members were there as well.. The museum was built right into the Japanese artillery storage warehouse complete with the holes from artillery and tank fire.

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  • Palau Aquarium

    by Jlpayne Written Mar 5, 2013

    The Palau Aquarium has indoor and outdoor exhibits showcasing fish and corals from around Palau. Exhibits focus on Palau's mangrove, seagrass, inner reef, reef crest, and outer reef ecosystems. The aquarium has several endangered species, including adult and juvenile Napoleon (Humphead) Wrasse, Saltwater Crocodiles, Green Turtle, as well as protected species, such as White Tipped Reef Shark. There also is an interactive touch tank exhibit, featuring marine invertebrates and a camouflage exhibit (where the fish hide in plain sight!)

    The aquarium recently underwent renovations, so it is better than ever...with more information, more fish, and better looking tanks.

    Palau Aquarium gift shop has postcards, books, t-shirts, and jewelry with marine themes.

    Palau Aquarium is the interpretive division of the Palau International Coral Reef Center, a research facility whose work informs conservation policy locally, regionally, and internationally.

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    Rock Island Beaches

    by GuthrieColin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Some of the rock islands which have been weathered more severely than others bolster finely crushed coral beaches and some of the most amazing scenery that I have ever seen. During the Rock Island tour we stopped at this beach and were allowed to snorkel again.
    The views off the coast of this island were spectacular. Whether its snorkeling or scuba diving, Palau is one of the most diverse underwater environments on earth. It has more than 1300 species of fish and 700 types of coral and of course beautiful blue water.

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    Milky Way

    by GuthrieColin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In a cove behind one of the islands is an area known by the locals as the "Milky Way." The sand found in this cove is what has given it the name. Its granules are so small that it takes on the consistency of mud. It is however still shell fragments so it is used to exfoliate the skin of visitors and locals alike. When the boat stops here you will be offered a funnel of mud to coat your body with.

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    Jellyfish Lake

    by GuthrieColin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On one particular Island the sea water has continuously been able to flow from the ocean into the middle of the island by seeping through the coral to a one of a kind lake. Known as Jellyfish Lake, it is a wonder that contains a kind species of jellyfish that is found nowhere else on earth.
    Every other species of Jellyfish can sting and kill their prey in that way, but these jellyfish have the unique property of not being able to sting. The Mastigias jellyfish by an evolutionary turn have lost their ability to sting, and since they have been isolated from any predators they have been able to thrive in their secluded habitat.
    Since the Jellyfish are unable to sting, they have found a new way to produce their own food. They migrate from the bottom of the lake to the top following the sun. In the day they rise to the surface and follow the most direct sunlight. Algae cells in their body collect sunlight and produce proteins and sugars which feed the jellyfish. In the evening they move to the bottom of the lake to gather phosphates and nitrates to fertilize their algae.
    The Rock Island tours will bring you to a dock on the coast of the island where you will hike over the deteriorating coral island and to the lake where you can swim in the lake and you will be able to see the jellyfish up close. It is an eerie feeling swimming with Jellyfish and they feel really strange as you swim into them.

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    Mushroom Shaped Rock Islands

    by GuthrieColin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Rock Islands were once a Coral Reef that was submerged in times where the ocean levels were higher. When ocean levels receded the reef became islands. The reef that remained was entirely made up of coral which is primarily limestone. By nature, limestone is very prone to weathering by chemicals in rainwater and without the living properties to protect these islands the base erodes away the fastest.
    The oceans currents and other forms of weathering have undercut some of the islands to make them look like giant green mushrooms. In the areas beneath the undercuts the brightly colored coral that built these islands still lives and thrives. With 700 species of coral, just about every color you can imagine from orange to purple is represented in some shape or form in Palau.

    Mushrooms ONe Such Rock While Kayaking The Brightly Colored Coral and Underground Streams
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    Rock Islands

    by GuthrieColin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When in Palau you simply must visit the Rock Islands. These Peculiar mushroom shaped islands were created when a coral reef grew in times when the ocean covered higher elevations. After the oceans receded the Islands of coral remained.
    Trees and other foliage made their way on the coral islands. When walking on these islands be careful but enjoy the landscape. The coral that make up the islands deteriate due to weathering but is still sharp. When walking on them it is still like walking on coral in the ocean.
    The true drawing card of these islands aren't their peculiar landscape it's their odd shapes and natural beauty. I saw pictures before I traveled to Palau but the sight was even more inspiring than I imagined, and it is still a surreal memory for me.
    Snorkeling and Diving arround the Islands was the most amazing visuals that I have seen while diving. I saw everything from small brightly colored fish to Baracuda. The beaches that have formed at some of the larger islands are of extremely fine sand which is nothing more than very finely crushed sea shells and coral.

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    Etpison Museum: Celebrating Culture

    by uysijessa Written May 3, 2010

    The owners of the museum are business acquintances of my boss and invited us to visit the family-owned and managed museum. As we had some spare time in the morning before our flight we decided to take them up on their offer. For a minimal fee you will get to learn more about Palau's unique culture, nature and history. The museum is well-run and their collection is well-maintained and quite extensive for Palau. Hours are from Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm

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    Jellyfish Lake: surreal encounter

    by uysijessa Written May 3, 2010

    Swimming in Jellyfish lake is surreal. Imagine swimming in a lake surrounded by jellyfish knowing they can't sting you. Imagine all those tiny blobs floating in the water. Unbelievable. Luckily, I was able to enjoy this experience. Be prepared though to do a bit of a hike to get to the lake. and Make sure to bring a life vest as the water can drag you down (I forget the term for it but what I'm trying to say is that instead of the normal experience where you float in water its the reverse). Make sure also to bring/wear dive booties or sturdy slippers as the hike will kill your feet if you're not careful. Bring water too as the hiking and swimming can leave you thirsty.

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    Scuba Dive: Palau

    by bobbynish Updated May 28, 2009

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    Palau is predominantly a divers destination so you should probably go diving. If you've never been scuba diving this would be a fantastic place to get certified. I would highly recommend Sam's Tours as your dive operator. They are a class act with top notch dive guides, 5 star all the way. Now lets get to the heart of the matter here, there's no such thing as a bad or boring dive in Palau. If you're a diver, you're probably already well aware this fact. If you're not, then get your ass in the water, man. The sheer volume and diversity of wildlife here is mind blowing. You'll see everything from shoals of Jacks and barracuda to Napolean Wrasse and Tiger Sharks. If you're an underwater photographer, this will be heaven for you! Also right next door to Sam's Tours they have a little bar and grill (Bottom Time Bar & Grill). Great place to enjoy a beer and some fresh seafood caught that day, while you wait for your friends to get back from their dives. The calamari was fresh and fantastic.

    A side note for things to do... You can go shopping for Palauan wood carvings. They're magnificently hand crafted on fantastic wood, one of Palau's signature items. The larger and more ornate the carving the higher the price. Rumor has it, some are crafted by the local degenerates who were unlucky enough to get busted and thrown in the bighouse. You can actually buy them at the local prison... so i'm told.

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  • Palau Pacific Resort

    PO BOX 308, Koror, 96940, Palau

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Palau Plantation Resort

    PO Box 1722, Koror, 96940, Palau

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Carolines Resort

    P.o Box 399, Koror, 96940, PW

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

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