As one of the world’s most popular scuba diving and snorkeling destinations, Palau’s diving spots draw in tourists with their coral reefs, blue holes, hidden caves, vertical drop-offs and a huge mix of marine creatures, including evolutionary miracles like giant clams and stingless jellyfish.
Palau is divided into 16 states with an individual clan system where Ngerulmud on the island of Babeldaob is Palau’s capital and Koror being the most inhabited. Palauans, a mixture of Melanesian, Micronesian, Austronesian, Japanese and Filipino descent, are hospitable and friendly.
Indigenous forms of ancestral and spiritual worship were replaced by Christianity when missionaries arrived on Palau. Today, 65 percent of the 21,000 Palauans are Roman Catholics while the remainder practise Christian denominations, Shinto, Buddhism and Chinese folk religions.
I always eat at Rose Garden Restaurant whenever I visit Palau because they’re happy to prepare whatever I ask for – every single time…and, it’s as fresh as fresh can be, to boot.
A quick advance email to Ms. Sara at the front desk ensures the kitchen has exactly what I want and when.
Dinner 1 was deep fried fresh whole parrot fish…Island-style on the scenic hillside of this charming place. I was in heaven!
Flights to Palau land at Airai, or Palau International Airport, which serves direct flights from Babeldaob to Guam, Seoul, Taipei and Manila. Tokyo-Narita has also been added to that list fairly recently, allowing connecting flights to many Asia-wide destinations and US cities. Chartered flights are available through various operators. A cruise to Palau would call at Malakal Harbour on the island of Malakal.
Micronesia is in many respects a tropical paradise. A romantic, uspoiled destination for the world traveller, the islands offer culture, adventure, and breathtaking landscape. Micronesia has a long and storied history, and today is rich in both traditional cultural practice and diversity.