Most tourists going to Palau have only one thing in mind: diving into its precious natural treasures under the sea. The Pacific island of Palau prides itself of its great natural beauty, untouched wilderness, and intact culture that are ideal for a relaxing holiday.
Here are some of the best locations you can enjoy while staying a week or two in Palau.
Garnished with timeless South Seas charm, the low-key Angaur Island has a lot to offer for tourists who prefer to stay away from the crowds. The island is located 11 kilometer southwest of Peleliu Island, outside the protective reef that surrounds the majority of Palau’s islands.
It was here where major World War II battle sites are located, with many American and Japanese battle relics scattered throughout the island. Angaur is also popular among surfers.
Micronesia’s second-largest island, Babeldaob, is three-quarters the size of Guam. The island actually covers 10 of the Palau’s 16 states and 70 percent of the entire country. It also contains the site of Palau’s new capital city, Melekeok.
Babeldaob provides an irony towards Palau, as the island is mountainous compared to other tropical islands. The island is also home to Palau’s highest point, the 242-meter tall Mount Ngerchelchuus.
The state of Koror, consisting of the Koror, Malakal, and Arakabesang islands, is connected by causeways in between its islands. It is also home to almost two-thirds of people living in Palau.
With many tourists and migrant workers coming to Koror, as well as being a site of different military facilities and geisha houses during World War II, it has developed into a melting pot of cultures.
The island of Peleliu is a peaceful and laid-back place, completely different from its wartime past as wreckages of battleships still scatter the island. Nowadays, the only noises you could hear are the whistles and songs of tropical birds that abound the area.
Officially a part of Koror, the 200 rounded limestone knobs of the Rock Islands are considered as the crown jewels of Micronesia. The islands dot the waters for a 32-kilometer stretch southwest of Koror, which makes it a paradise for both divers and snorkelers alike.
It is also home to teeming wildlife from crocodiles and fruit bats, to kingfishers and reef herons.