The Republic of Palau is a cluster of about 300 islands in the Philippine Sea, southeast of the Philippines and part of the Caroline Islands. This Republic of Palau travel guide shows you around.
Palauan’s long ago arrived from other islands in Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Java. For example, Micronesians arrived from Yap to carry stone money from Palau back to their own island. The Republic of Palau only became an independent state in 1994 after it had been under Japanese, German, British and Spanish rule for over two centuries.
The Republic of Palau is famous for it’s rock islands which, especially if you fly over them by helicopter, look like a tropical alien world. Another top attraction was the Jellyfish lake which unfortunately is closed until further notice due to draught. Palau is also a great place to go snorkeling, diving or visit one of its many pristine beaches. Those interested in WWII history should visit Palau too as it was home to several fierce battles. Palau can best be reached from Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Manilla, or Guam. This Republic of Palau travel guide includes first hand information on planning and must-see places.
Make sure to read the ultimate 14 days Pacific island-hopping itinerary: Palau, Yap, Guam & Northern Marianas to find out how to combine a visit to Palau with some of the nearby other islands.