Palau is an archipelago of diverse terrain, flora and fauna

There is the largest island of volcanic origin, called Babeldaob, the outer atoll and limestone islands, the Southern Lagoon and islands of Koror, and the Southwest Islands, which are located about 300-450km southwest of Palau.

Activities

Kayaking

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Camping

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Traditional Sailing

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Aerial Tour

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Waterfall

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Bird watching

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Eco-Glass Art Gallery

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Nature Trail

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Palau is divided into sixteen states, each with their own distinct features and attractions.

Transportation to these states is mainly by road, boat, or small aircraft. Koror is a group of islands connected by bridges and causeways, and is joined to Babeldaob Island by the Japan-Palau Friendship Bridge. Once in Babeldaob, driving the circumference of the highway can be done in a half day or full day, depending on the number of stops you would like.

The outer islands of Angaur and Peleliu are at the south portion of the archipelago, and are accessible by small aircraft or boat, and there is a regularly scheduled state ferry that stops at both islands. Kayangel, to the north of Babeldaob, can also be visited by boat or helicopter.

The Southwest Islands, due to their remote location, are only accessible by large ocean-going vessels, but are a glimpse into Palau’s simplicity and beauty.

Kayaking

Palau was made for kayaking, where paddlers can make their way into any one of hundreds of deserted bays and lagoons with perfectly unspoiled scenery, impeccable preserved reefs and coves, and only the swirling sound of the paddles breaking through the turquoise surface. Palau is probably the best place in the world for nature-loving kayakers to take day trips or excursions of several days.

The same serenity of nature’s pure embrace, through protected mangrove forests, is a twisting labyrinth of life set on a mirrored sheet of water. High in the tops of the canopies, fruit bats sleep. Channels take you to deltas of white sand set on top of the rich mangrove mud. You will also find land crabs, monitor lizards, and the amazing amphibious mudskipper fish.

We recommend having a local guide with you to show you the best sites and offer some historical, cultural and scientific insights as you paddle.

Camping

f you are into camping and have a penchant for the ocean OR want to try something new, a camping expedition may be what you are looking for. By the end of your trip, you'll have explored and learned much more as to why Palau's Rock Island Southern Lagoon is revered to as the most diverse, complex, and breathtakingly beautiful places on earth!

Traditional Sailing

Set sail on a traditional canoe! "Sailing on a traditional canoe in this modern day sometimes feels like a full on time machine bringing us back to the days when our ancestors traversed the wild oceans", says local guide, Mac Sasao.

Stand-up Paddling

There are days in Palau when the ocean is a sheet of glass, when your paddle slices through the aqua or crystalline waters of lagoons, inner reefs or placid hideaways. Imagine catching the first or last rays of light across the expanse of the Pacific Ocean or Philippine Sea, or experiencing the vibrancy of the blue and green world during midday, colors that no cameras could do justice. Stand-up Paddling’s delicate touch on nature also allows visitors the chance to view Palau’s wildlife, in sea and air. All is tranquil, except for the sounds of the sea and islands. Experienced guides know these secrets and are willing to share their knowledge.

Aerial Tour

Experience breathtaking views of Pristine Paradise Palau from above! Ascend into the skies to see the renowned Seventy Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beauty of the Rock Islands, and famous dive sites. One of the best ways to see the island!

BABELDAOB TOUR

Completed only in this millennium, Palau’s Compact Road encompasses Babeldaob Island, opening up opportunities to visit sites of cultural/historic importance, such as the Badrulchau (Stone Monoliths), Japanese lighthouse, stone paths, stone faces and stone platforms. Just one hour south near Koror to Ngarchelong in the north, the highway runs through forest and savannah. One exciting feature of the highway is the experience of both the east and west coasts of Babeldaob with stops at markets for local food and refreshments. There are several rental car companies in Palau and many tour operators offer land tours in the various states.

For those who want to get off their feet for exploration, Palau offers a jungle river boat cruise, where soft adventurers will cruise along the calm river to an ancient Palauan village and historical site. Along the way, discover the abundance of beautiful flora and fauna of Palau, spot the birds and even catch glimpses of the crocodiles. This adventure is most suitable for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts and an excellent opportunity for photographers to capture the wildlife along the river where the mangroves are nature’s nursery.

If you prefer the rush of flying above treetops, there are two zip lines running to a waterfall and a mangrove forest. Located in Ngardmau and Airai States, these zip lines are easily accessible by road, or can be included in most tours.

Opened in 2006, Palau’s capital buildings are located in Melekeok State in an area locally known as Ngerulmud. Only a short distance from the main highway, the hilltop location offers panoramic views of the eastern coastline.

Waterfall

Hop in a car and head over to the Ngardmau Waterfall. It is considered to be the tallest waterfall that can be found on the main island of Babeldaob. The trail to the waterfall may take 20-30min to get to. At the base of the falls, take a dip in its natural swimming pools.

Ngermeskang Bird Sanctuary

The Ngermeskang Bird Sanctuary is a public bird sanctuary treasured by visitors as place of beauty and quiet in rural environment, supporting a diversity of resident and migrating birds in a natural and undeveloped setting while providing environmental education opportunities to abroad audiences.

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Ngardok Nature Reserve

Located in Melekeok state, is Lake Ngardok, the largest lake in Micronesia. The name “Ngardok” means “living spring” in Palauan. A nature trail and floating dock were created in a small portion of the Reserve so that residents and visitors could enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The Nature Trail winds through upland forest with patches dense with orchids and ferns, areas with hundreds of native palms, Pandanus swamp forest and grasslands. A floating dock offers a close-up view of the lake and surrounding wetlands.

Endemic birds are something to be on the lookout for at the Reserve such as the endemic Palau Flycatcher (Charmelachull, Myiagra erythops) and the Palau Fruit Dove (Biib, Ptilinopus pelewensis).

The Reserve is known as a hotspot for plan endemism and is a site for rare species, such as the rare endemic Tilol (Garcinia rumiyo). Many types of small native and endemic orchids can be found along the trail.

Belau Eco-Glass Center & Art Gallery

Located at Koror State Solid Waste Management building, you can find the Belau Eco-Glass Center and Art Gallery where ornaments and glassware are created out of recycled glass found in Palau. Meet the local creatives who design these pieces and find a unique gift at their art gallery! The center also offers glass blowing classes from Monday-Friday. Please call Koror State Solid Waste Management Office at 488-8076/8077.
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