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7 Days in Palau Travel Itinerary

Explore the following suggested itinerary for a week-long stay in Palau, crafted to cater to non-scuba divers and adventurous travelers who seek a diverse experience. While it offers a taste of everything, rest assured, there's still an abundance of exploration awaiting you. Palau provides an ideal mix of natural wonders and cultural treasures, promising an unforgettable escape.

Traveler Tip: For solo adventurers, it's recommended to book activities ahead of time to secure your spot and make the most of your journey!
Start your Palau adventure on a high note by delving into our rich culture and history. There's no better way to kick off your trip!

Day 1 | Experience Airai- Sense the Culture

Where Culture Speaks, Cuisine Sings, and Senses Soar! You have two options to choose from! 

  • Half Day Tour
    • Cultural Heritage Tour: Chief Meeting House "Bai"
    • Traditional Style Lunch
  • Full Day Tour
    • The Full Experience beginning with threads of Tradition: Palauan Skit Discovery Chiefs meeting House "Bai"
    • Tour Traditional Style Lunch 
    • Pay it Forward Activity with BIOTA Marine Life Nursery
    • Field of Legacy: Taropatch Experience
Exploring Palau’s Turquoise Haven in Koror!
UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

Day 2 | Ocean Day 

  • Fantasy Island
  • Jellyfish Lake 
  • Ngermeaus Snorkel and Lunch 
  • Fish Bowl 
  • Natural Arch

Day 3 | Ocean Day 

  • Rainbow Reef 
  • Clam City
  • Lunch at Long Beach Island 
  • German Channel 
  • Big Drop Off

Day 4 | Ocean Day 

  • Pinchers Cove 
  • WWII wrecks
  • Soft Coral Arch  
  • Lunch 
  • Ulong Channel
  • Boat Cruise of the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon
Discovering Palau's Landscapes & Cultural Riches–Venturing Into the <3 of the Island

Day 5 | Aimeliik/Babeldaob Tour and Waterfall Excursion 

  • Visit Aimeliik Bai and Aimeliik Terraces, Aimeliik State
  • Enjoy traditional lunch at Ngchesar State*(Optional), followed by a swim at the Mesekelat Waterfall, Ngchesar State
  • Visit the Airai WWII sites, Airai State
  • Unveiling Nightlife Delights: Sip, Savor, and Celebrate the Night in Palau's Lively Atmosphere 

Day 6 | Big Island Adventure

Cruise through Babeldaob

  • Visit Badrulchau and Todai, Ngarchelong State
  • Lunch near the beach at Okemii Restaurant, Melekeok State
  • Visit Ngermecheluch Pier, Melekeok State
  • Head back to Koror

Day 7 | Last-Minute Adventures in Palau

  • Aerial Tour: Bird’s Eye View
  • Visit the Palau Aquarium 
  • Spa Day
  • Chasing Sunset

Itinerary in Detail

Day 1 | Experience Airai - Sense the Culture

For your first day in Palau, we head over to Airai State for a culturally rich and eco-friendly, guided tour. You've got a couple of options to pick from - the Half Day Tour or the Full Experience!  Now, let's take a closer look at what each option has in store for you

Half Day Tour

10:00AM-1:00 PM

Cultural Heritage Tour +Traditional Style Lunch

Morning Session 

Our morning excursion kicks off at 10:00AM, promising an unforgettable journey into the heart of Airai's heritage. The first stop on our itinerary is the Cultural Heritage Tour: Chiefs Meeting House "Bai". This traditional structure is a living testament to the island's history, where chiefs have convened for generations to discuss matters of importance.

But that's not all! After delving into the Bai's historical significance, we'll take you away to not one but two more historical sites. Unearth the secrets of Airai's past as you explore these sites.

Savor the Flavors: Traditional Style Lunch

Following our enlightening morning, we gather for a feast of Palauan culinary delights. A Traditional Style Lunch awaits, brimming with flavors that have been passed down through generations. It's not just a meal; it's a celebration of the island's rich culinary heritage. The  perfect way to conclude your adventure.

Note: Minimum 2 PAX

 

Full Day Tour

9:00AM-4:00 PM

  • Threads of Tradition: Palauan Skirt Discovery
  • Chiefs Meeting House "Bai" Tour 
  • Traditional Style Lunch 
  • Pay it Forward Activity with BIOTA 
  • Field of Legacy: Taropatch Experience 

The Full Experience Unveiled: Embracing Palauan Heritage

In this immersive journey, we begin with the "Threads of Tradition: Palauan Skirt Discovery".This captivating experience offers a deep dive into the art of crafting the traditional skirt, a garment woven with “chermall” or hibiscus bark. The elaborate process unfolds over months, starting from the collection of raw materials to the meticulous stages of drying, dying, and finally, the artful assembly of the garment.  Through expert artisans, witness the intricate process that has been passed down through generations, an art form that truly connects the past to the present.

Next, we step into the grounds of the Chiefs Meeting House or "Bai." This traditional structure is a living testament to the island's history, where chiefs have convened for generations to discuss matters of importance.

Savor the Flavors: Traditional Style Lunch

Pay it Forward Initiative: Sustaining Oceans, Empowering Communities with BIOTA

Now, it's time to give back. Engage in the "Pay it Forward Activity" with BIOTA, a world-leader in renewable aquaculture that gives back to the ocean and takes nothing from it. We have developed new, sustainable ways of culturing fish and other marine life for aquariums, food security, and conservation. 

By participating, you are leaving a positive impact on this beautiful ecosystem. Give back to the oceans of Palau. Engage in the "Pay it Forward Activity" with BIOTA, a world-leader in renewable aquaculture that gives back to the ocean and takes nothing from it. 

In the realm of giving back to the ocean, BIOTA stands at the forefront, inviting participation in the dynamic 'Pay it Forward Activity.' This initiative showcases BIOTA's leadership in renewable aquaculture practices, emphasizing a commitment to leaving a positive imprint on our invaluable marine ecosystems.

As a global pioneer in sustainable aquaculture, BIOTA has introduced groundbreaking approaches to cultivating fish and other marine life. The scope of our dedication extends beyond cultivation, encompassing the promotion of aquariums, ensuring food security, and actively contributing to conservation endeavors.

Field of Legacy: Taropatch Experience

As the day progresses, we venture into the Field of Legacy. Here, amidst the verdant beauty of nature, you'll partake in the Taropatch Experience. Learn the art of cultivating and harvesting taro, a staple of Palauan cuisine and a symbol of sustenance and community.

This Full Experience promises a profound journey through Palauan heritage, weaving threads of tradition, community, and sustainability. Join us as we embark on a day filled with discovery, learning, and meaningful connections.

*Note: Minimum 2 participants required for this experience/ Maximum of 10 participants.*

Day 2-4: Exploring Palau's Turquoise Haven

Day 2 | Ocean Day 

Welcome to Day 2 to 4 of your Palauan adventure, where we dive headfirst into the captivating world of crystal-clear waters and vivid marine life. Get ready for exhilarating days exploring the turquoise playground that Palau has to offer. 

Traveler Tip: Whether you're a newfound enthusiast of swimming or an adept swimmer or freediver, don't forget to communicate your expertise and preferences to your tour operator. This will help them fine-tune your tours to perfectly match your needs, ensuring that your experiences are nothing short of exceptional. Please note that your Ocean Days are subject to changes based on your operator's expertise on tides, winds, etc. 

A Rock Island Getaway

 Our journey leads us with a visit to one of Palau's iconic attractions- the Rock Islands. As you glide across the shimmering waters, these natural wonders, resembling captivating mushroom-like structures, emerge from the turquoise embrace of lagoons adorned by vibrant coral reefs creating a surreal and breathtaking panorama. 

As a new dawn arrives, the journey of exploration continues. Fantasy Island calls out, offering a sanctuary beneath the waves and a snorkeling adventure to reveal the hidden lives of corals and fish in their natural world

A Surreal Encounter: Jellyfish Lake (Optional)

For those seeking a truly enchanting encounter, an optional visit to Jellyfish Lake awaits. Immerse yourself in a surreal world where gentle, translucent stingless jellyfish gracefully drift around you. This ethereal experience promises to be a highlight of your aquatic exploration, creating memories that will linger long after your journey. Read more about the current state of the Jellyfish Lake Current State of the Golden Jellyfish at Ongeim L'Tketau, Jellyfish Lake.

Ngermeaus Island, among the numerous rock islands in Palau, known for its popularity as a lunch and rest spot. Adjacent to Ngermeaus lies Shark City, offering the opportunity for an exciting snorkeling encounter with these majestic creatures.

Explore the vibrant underwater world of Cemetery Reef known as Fish Bowl, where marine life flourishes in diverse abundance. Marvel at the lively displays of small reef fish like Fusiliers, Anthias, and Rainbow Runners as they dart among the captivating coral formations. 

Gateway to Wonder: The Natural Arch Our adventure continues as we venture to the stunning Natural Arch. Witness the impressive artistry of nature as waves have sculpted this exquisite arch over time. Capture this awe-inspiring sight and relish in the realization of Palau's extraordinary beauty.

As the day comes to a close, take a moment to reflect on the magical aquatic wonders you've encountered. Tomorrow holds even more surprises as we continue our voyage through the captivating landscapes of Palau. 

Day 3 | Ocean Day 

Begin your day with a snorkeling adventure at Rainbow Reef where you'll see a myriad of coral and fish species! 

Venturing a bit farther, we arrive at Clam City, where giant clams thrive. It's an awe-inspiring spectacle—among the 12 global species of giant clams, 8 find their home in Palau. These gentle giants dot the ocean floor with their ornate and colorful shells. Witness their serene existence in this aquatic haven.

After hours of exploration, treat yourself to a delightful break at Long Beach Island, a charming Rock Island that invites you to savor a leisurely lunch. This delightful spot is also an ideal location for swimming and snorkeling, made even more special by the friendly company of our shark companions. Take a dip and embrace the heartwarming presence of these kind-natured creatures as they gracefully navigate the waters around you, creating an utterly enchanting and unforgettable experience.

As you embark on your journey towards Big Drop Off, you'll traverse the captivating German Channel. This passage presents a unique opportunity to witness the graceful presence of Manta Rays, adding an enchanting dimension to your exploration.

The Big Drop Off is our final stop – an exhilarating dive into the depths. A coral wall plunges dramatically, revealing the intricate world hidden beneath the surface. Schools of fish dance in harmony with the currents, while vibrant corals paint the seascape in living color. As you float along its edge, marvel at the myriad of colors and life forms that call this underwater cliff home.

Day 4 | Ocean Day 

The morning begins with the Pinchers cove. Inviting you to embark on a serene swim within this shallow lagoon. Gently glide through the crystal-clear waters, where curious fish dart among the corals. A great start to your day on the water.

Next, we delve into the intriguing world of sunken history with the Wrecks dive. Discover WWII wrecks that now serve as artificial reefs, home to an array of marine creatures that have made these underwater structures their habitat. The wrecks tell stories of the past, and as you swim among them, you become a part of these tales, connecting with the mysteries of the deep.

By now, appetites are bound to be awakened by our ocean escapades. A lunch break awaits you on the shores of a tranquil spot, inviting you to refuel and soak in the mesmerizing coastal views. Let the flavors of the island tantalize your taste buds as you take in the serenity of your surroundings.

Next stop is Ulong Channel, a diving hotspot in Palau nestled on the western side of Ulong Island. However, be forewarned: Ulong Channel presents a distinctive challenge due to its occasionally unpredictable currents that may shift unexpectedly throughout the dive. Exercise caution and preparedness as you embark on this thrilling underwater adventure.

Cap off a day of diving with a boat cruise through the Rock Island Southern Lagoon. Traverse between the majestic Rock Islands, immersing yourself in the unrivaled beauty of the ocean, sky, and the surrounding rock formations, creating a harmonious tapestry of natural wonders.

Discovering Palau's Landscapes & Cultural Riches: Venturing Into the <3 of the Island

Welcome to Days 4 to 6 of your Palauan adventure! Today, we're setting out to uncover the heart of the island, Babeldoab, Palau’s largest volcanic island and is home to the majority of Palau’s 16 unique states. We will be embarking on a journey that will guide us through captivating landscapes and enriching cultural wonders. 

Day 5 | Aimeliik/Babeldaob Tour and Waterfall Excursion

Morning Exploration: Aimeliik/Babeldaob Discovery

Our day kicks off with a captivating tour of Aimeliik and Babeldaob. Prepare to be amazed by the Aimeliik Bai, a historical treasure that offers a glimpse into Palau's past. Followed by the Aimeliik Terraces, the intricate connection between nature and human craftsmanship will unfold before your eyes.

Culinary Delight: Traditional Lunch at Ngchesar State (Optional)

Recharge your energy with a delectable traditional lunch at Ngchesar State. This gastronomic experience will tantalize your taste buds with authentic Palauan flavors, providing a true essence of the local culinary scene.

Mesekelat Waterfall Oasis

After satisfying your taste buds, it's time to rejuvenate your spirit. Take a leisurely swim at the mesmerizing Mesekelat Waterfall. Let the cascading waters surround you as you revel in nature's embrace. 

Extraordinary Historical Insight: Airai WWII Sites (If Time Permits)

Should time allow, we recommend a visit to the Airai WWII sites, where history comes to life. Explore the remnants of the past, where echoes of World War II's impact on Palau can still be felt. Gain a deeper understanding of the island's historical journey and the resilience of its people.

As the sun begins to set on this eventful day, take a moment to reflect on the natural wonders you've encountered and the cultural treasures you've uncovered. Palau's rich tapestry of landscapes and history awaits, ready to weave unforgettable memories into your journey.

Traveler Tip: Numerous dive shops and tour companies extend their expertise beyond the ocean, providing specialized land tours. Consider booking both your aquatic adventures and onshore excursions with the same provider for convenience. Nevertheless, we recommend you browse around to ensure the activities align with your specific interests.

Unveiling Nightlife Delights: Sip, Savor, and Celebrate the Night in Palau's Lively Atmosphere

As the sun dips below the horizon, Palau's energy takes on a new rhythm. The adventures of the day have set the stage for a different kind of exploration - one that leads you through the island's nightlife scene, where a vibrant atmosphere awaits.

  • Dinner at a Local Eatery
    • Before delving further into Palau's nightlife, indulge in a delicious dinner at a local eatery. Palauan cuisine offers a delightful array of flavors, from fresh seafood to rich foods of the land. Whether you're dining on the open-air terrace or inside a cozy restaurant, the blend of traditional and contemporary dishes will leave your taste buds delighted.
  • Into the Night: Exploring Palau's Bars and Lounges
    • With dinner enjoyed and the night fully embracing the island, it's time to explore Palau's nightlife scene. From lively bars to lounges, Palau offers options for every taste. Venture into local bars where you can mingle with residents and other travelers. Grab and drink and unwind from the day of adventure.

Palau's nightlife isn't just about partying; it's about embracing the island's vibrant spirit, connecting with locals and fellow travelers, and creating memories that will linger long after the night ends. As you bid the night farewell, you'll do so with a heart full of laughter, music, and the warmth of Palau's welcoming atmosphere.

Day 6 | Cruisin’ through Babeldaob

After a couple of bustling days, it's time to shift into more relaxed gear and truly soak in the experience. We're adopting a leisurely cruise mode today, taking the scenic route and allowing ourselves the luxury of time. 

Morning Delights

Begin your day with a delightful cup of coffee or a hearty breakfast at a local establishment. Awaken your senses as you prepare for a day of cultural exploration.

Scenic Drive to Ngarchelong State- Babeldaob's Northernmost Point 

Embarking on a scenic drive from Koror to Babeldaob, embrace the beauty of the surroundings as you travel along the picturesque route. Babeldaob's awe-inspiring landscapes will accompany you on this journey. As you navigate through the stunning scenery, you'll find yourself gradually approaching Babeldaob’s northernmost state, Ngarchelong State.

Discover Badrulchau and Todai

Your adventure continues as you explore the intriguing sites of Badrulchau and Todai in Ngarchelong State. These historical landmarks hold stories of the past and provide a glimpse into the island's heritage. 

Visit the Badrulchau Stone Monoliths and walk through this ancient site containing the famous stone monoliths and plaza of carved faces in a savanna area surrounded by terraces. Found nowhere else in Palau, the site has been dated as far back as A.D. 161. The pillars are the remains of what could have been the largest meeting house ever built in Palau. The oral history stated that the structure was made entirely of stone by the gods. 

Onto the next stop, take a stroll through the ancient Japanese lighthouse and remnants of World War II, all while soaking in a stunning view at none other than Todai. Ascend the timeworn staircases to reach the lighthouse and be greeted by an unforgettable sight. Don't forget to peer through the scenic telescopes for a closer look at the neighboring islands.

Lunchtime Delight

Recharge with lunch at Okemii Restaurant and Cafe in Melekeok State. Beachside dining with a view. 

Ngermecheluch Pier and Beyond

No road trip adventure would be complete without a visit to the Ngermecheluch Pier in Melekeok. This ancient stone pier, proudly standing as the longest of its kind in Palau, is more than a mere structure. It stands as a testament to human ingenuity, having been constructed by the people of Melekeok without the aid of modern tools, and has withstood the test of time. Today, it is maintained by the Ngaramecherocher (Young Men’s Club) of Melekeok. Following a recent powerful typhoon, the Melekeok community and dedicated volunteers came together to rebuild the pier, showcasing the resilience, unity, and enduring spirit of the local people.

Take a leisurely stroll to the pier's very end and take in this living piece of history, basking in the warmth of the sunshine and the gentle caress of the breeze. Here, you'll be treated to captivating views of the water and the picturesque surroundings, creating moments that will be forever etched in your memory.

Fun Fact: The Ngermecheluch Pier has inspired songs, with both historical chants (Rebetii) and contemporary pieces showcasing its significance to the community.

Homeward Bound

As the day draws to a close, begin your return journey to Koror. Reflect on the cultural treasures you've uncovered, the scenic landscapes you've traversed, and the memories you've created throughout the day.

Day 7 | Last-Minute Adventures in Palau

As your Palauan adventure nears its end, Day 7 is reserved for final adventures to conclude your time in Palau. Prepare to be enchanted by a day of unique experiences.

Aerial Tour: Bird's Eye View of Palau

From sea to land to sky, there's one final item to tick off your list. Kickstart your day with an exhilarating aerial tour, offering a mesmerizing bird's eye view of Palau's captivating landscapes. 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! 

You can book your tour through Smile Air or Palau Mission Aviation.

Marine Wonders: Palau Aquarium

Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing marine world at the Palau Aquarium. Get up close and personal with a diverse array of aquatic species, gaining insights into Palau's vibrant marine ecosystem. Engage with interactive exhibits that shed light on conservation efforts and the delicate balance of the underwater realm.

Spa Day: Rejuvenation and Serenity

Treat yourself to a luxurious spa day, allowing yourself to unwind and rejuvenate amidst Palau's tranquil beauty. Choose from an array of soothing treatments that are designed to pamper your body and soothe your soul.

Chasing the Sunset

As the day draws to a close, embark on a last quest to chase the setting sun. The fiery oranges, deep purples, and soft pinks are a breathtaking sight to behold. As you watch the sun disappear into the distance, you’ll feel a sense of peace and wonder wash over you. The experience of chasing the sunset is not just a visual feast, but a moment of tranquility and reflection that will stay with you for a lifetime. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness one of nature’s most captivating displays however you want it- on a beach, in the water, or at a bar or restaurant during happy hour.

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