Fun things to do in Palau

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    Of Mandarin fish and manta rays

    by juliewong Written Feb 2, 2008

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    One of the best house reef dives - plenty of mandarin fish that make a great object for underwater photography.

    Another favourite dive site is German Channel where at both times to the site, we spotted manta rays.

    Sams Tours jetty
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    Scuba diving at the many great dive sites

    by juliewong Written Feb 2, 2008

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    Scuba diving is a major attraction in Palau and scuba divers can experience drift dives, wall, cave, muck and wreck diving.

    Most of the dive sites are relatively well known for pelagics (big marine life) and at the time of my visit, we spotted napolean wrasse, schools of barracudas, sharks and manta rays along colourful coral reefs.

    Barracudas

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    Rock Islands

    by Ekahau Updated Jul 20, 2007

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    Rock Islands

    The Rock Islands are Palau's wonder of the world. The most impressive seascape I have seen it is truly the crowning glory. More than 200 of these jungle-topped knobs of limestone dot the waters for a 20 mile (35km) stretch south of Koror. Their bases, having been worn away by tidal action and grazing sea creatures, are narrower than their tops, causing them to look like emerald-hued mushrooms rising from the turquoise sea. From the air, they're a knock out, and flights from Koror to Angaur or Peleliu are worth taking just for the view alone. But it's the waters surrounding them that make the Rock Islands unique. Dive in and you'll find some of the most abundant and diverse marine life to be found anywhere.

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    Boat Trip

    by pangelipc Written Jun 24, 2007

    Even if you don't dive, go on a boat trip to explore the Rock Islands, the Milky Way, lunch picnic, hiking, JellyFish lake, etc. Many things are only seen via boat since you have to go to another island.

    Jellyfish Guidelines Jelly Fish Splashing Fun at the milky way milky way body scrub what a swim, not time to explore
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    Angaur

    by Ekahau Updated Jun 17, 2007

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    Angaur
    If you are like me and go the most remote places than Angaur is for you it is the southernmost of the Palau Islands group, and for the independent traveler looking to get off the beaten track, it has some serious South Seas charm. It's a low-key place, with only one village and just over 200 people, who are outnumbered 3-to-1 by crab-eating macaques. The monkeys descend from a pair brought over in the early 1900s to monitor air quality in the island's phosphate mines.

    where to stay:

    Island Villas Beach House
    C/O Angaur State Post Box
    Koror, Palau 96940
    Telephone: (680) 277-1111
    Fax: (680) 277-1111
    Email: islandvillas@palaunet.com
    Contact: Leon Gulibert

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    OK's Motel
    P.O. Box 685
    Koror, Palau 96940
    Telephone: (680) 277-1006
    Email: okasiano@yahoo.com
    Contact: O. Kasiano

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    Ngemelis Wall

    by Ekahau Updated Jun 13, 2007

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    The Ngemelis Wall is widely considered to be the world's finest wall dive. Starting in knee-deep water, it vertically drops off nearly 1000 ft (300m), showcasing a brilliant rainbow of sponges and soft coral whose intense colors form the backdrop for quivering 9ft (3m) sea fans and giant black coral trees. Blue Corner is the country's most popular dive, where you can expect to be dazzled by an incredible variety of fins and flippers, from schooling sharks and barracudas to soft and hard coral.

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    Babeldaob

    by Ekahau Updated Jun 13, 2007

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    Babeldaob
    Babeldaob is a giant Island by Micronesia standards, has a land area of over 400 sq km. This make Babeldaob, more than four times the total area of all the other islands put together.
    Unlike most of Palau which are atolls Babeldaob is a high, volcanic island made of gently rolling hills, with beautiful stretches of sandy beach on the east coast and mangrove forests on the west. Parts of the jungly interior are virtually unexplored, and many of the villages are still connected by ancient stone paths. Very interesting romantic place to visit and in the north it has some of the prettiest beaches.Many of the island's hillsides were once terraced into steps and pyramids; archeological research suggest they were probably begun around 100 AD. Their purpose remains a mystery, and very curiously only one village was built anywhere near them.

    slide show video of Babeldaob

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    Jellyfish Lake

    by Ekahau Updated Jun 13, 2007

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    Jellyfish Lake is a marine lake, popularized in the a National Geographic TV special Medusa, wherein millions of tiny stingerless jellyfish float and bob in unison.
    Some of the Rock Islands have soft, white-sand beaches to laze about on after a dive, while others boast caves with dripping stalactites, rock arches and underground channels; ancient rock paintings (on Ulong Island); and half-carved Yapese stone money (in a cave near Airar Channel). And, oh yes, crocodiles.

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    Interesting Wildlife

    by GuthrieColin Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    The wildlife is all around. Feral dogs roam the streets especially once you have gotten away from Koror. In the houses gecko's greet you constantly, and are seen as something of a nuisance similar to cockroaches. When traveling further away from Koror the jungle atmosphere is even more prevalent. I was fortunate to see many types of lizards, frogs and birds. All of which I had never seen or even heard of so i don't know if any of them are poisonous. The Lizard in the second pic actually dive bombed us on our hike.

    Some Kind of Frog Some Lizard
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    Scuba Diving

    by GuthrieColin Updated Apr 4, 2007

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    Due to popular demand I am making a tip about scuba diving. After all that is the reason most people go to Palau and for good reason, the Palau Trench is one of the deepest trenches on earth and Palau is one of the few places on earth where Nautilus can be seen. The variety of coral and different species of ocean life is also as prolific as one can find anywhere.
    I personally did not go to Palau to dive, I went to visit relatives and did not scuba, I did do some snorkeling but that isn’t quite the same. I did not use any of these dive shops so I can't recommend anyone in particular. These companies and numbers are based on a travel pamphlet that I received in 2003.
    Aqua Magic - Palau - (680) 488-1119
    Neco Marine - (680) 488-2009/1755
    Fish 'n Fins - (680) 488-2637 or on the web at www.fishnfins.com this web site is in 4 different languages--Russian, English, German, and possibly Japanese (maybe?)--for those of you who do not command English as your first language.
    Please do let me know if any of this information is helpful, so I may update my tip. For an additional web site about diving in Palau, visit echeng.com.

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    Kayak tour of the Rock Island

    by petersnice Written Apr 2, 2007

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    is the best way to spend that pre-flight day when you're not supposed to go diving. Oh hell, I'd recommend to switch one 2-tank diving trip for kayaking anytime! They take you out with a speed boat and you only need to paddle around the nicest places, so it's suitable for anyone. You'll see fantastic lakes connected to the sea, beautiful beaches and there's many stops at great snorkelling spots.
    I've done kayaking trip with Sam's Tours and I can highly recommend them.

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    Ngatpang Waterfall

    by GuthrieColin Updated Feb 21, 2007

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    A trip to the Ngatpang waterfall will take you about 45 minutes from Koror. The road is dirt but is not as bad as it gets further north. From the road there are several signs pointing the way. There is a short trail down to the bottom that is very muddy so be careful. one of the members of my group broke their sandles in the mud. Not like it was a serious injury or een a big loss but be forwarned that it will more than likely be muddy on the way down.
    The waterfall itself is only about 15 to 20 feet (4-6 m) tall but the surrounding rainforest foliage and sounds of birds and other wildlife make it one to truely remember. I have heard of people swimming in the pool directly beneath the falls but I did not myself.

    Ngatpang Waterfall Another View of the Waterfall
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    The Arch

    by GuthrieColin Updated Nov 16, 2006

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    The Beauty of the of the Rock islands is very aparent when adventuring through them. Some of the islands are only 20 feet (6 m) around and others are hundreds of acres. This island is one of the most photographed sights above water in all of Palau. It is commonly referred to as the Arch.
    The weathering of this tiny island left it in this peculiar shape. The span of this arch is said to be about 50 feet (15 m) and at least 30 feet (9 m) above the surface of the water in low tide. On our expedition the boat driver actually drove underneath the arch which he said could only be done at high tide. Reguardless to it's accessability it's shape is quite enough to make it something to see.

    The Arch Driving the Boat Through the Middle
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    Badrulchau

    by canuckmike Written Sep 24, 2006

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    Badrulchau is Palau's largest and possibly oldest megalithic site. There are 39 monoliths and a numerous amount of carved faces. What the site was originally intended for is still a mystery but most believe it was for a large structure, possibly a giant bai. What of the legends about Badrulchau goes something along the lines of eight men, possibly gods built it. Three of them were main workers and the others just assisted or helped through magic. One day they were eating lunch and forgot to invite Yachadrengel. He didn't like this so he used some magic to make a rooster who started to crow. Since the workers only worked at night or under the sea, they stopped all work at the rooster's seventh crow. Upon finding out a trick was played on them they never returned to work on the site.

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    Peleliu

    by canuckmike Updated Aug 31, 2006

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    The island (and state) of Peleliu is about a 2 hour state boat ride southwest of Koror. It was the site of one of the bloodiest Pacific battles of WW2 where over 12,000 men lost there lives in about 2 months of combat. The intensity of the battles on the island are still seen today with all the war wreckage still laying about. It was a battle were 8 marines were reward with the Medal Of Honor. The reason behind the fighting was for the airstrip in which the Americans wanted to use in order to take the Philippines. Today the island has a population of around 700 and an area of about 13 square km. Peleliu is a quiet and relaxing island and 2 full days is enough to see the topside of the island, more if you want to do some diving. This is a must see if you have any interest in military history because the island makes a lot of it come back alive. One thing to prepare yourself is that I found Peleliu to be considerably more hot than the islands to the north.

    WW2 Wreckage on Peleliu
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Palau Hotels

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  • Palau Pacific Resort

    PO BOX 308, Koror, 96940, Palau

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    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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