The Chandelier Caves are a must-dive spot (along with scores of others). This destination is an underwater paradise for divers, snorkelers, and hosts a very decent wave for surfers. Also, as mentioned above, Palau is visually breath-taking to the point that it hosts an Annual Photo Competition to see who can capture the best underwater and overland aspects of the country!
One of the pre-requisites for a honeymoon or a romantic escape is privacy; the second requirement is comfort. Palau has both in oodles and throws in awe-inspiring land and seascapes for good measure. Check out our Honeymoon Specials or call our Specialists to know more about bespoke romantic escapes to Palau.
This destination is a hot number for cruising. With its hundreds of remote, uninhabited islands, incredible diving and perfect beaches, there are a number of yachts, tall ships, luxury catamarans and dive liveaboards in and around Palau. Fill in the enquiry form for us to work on which charter would be suited for your cruising requirements.
Palau is a small country, its 340 islands completely disconnected from modern hustle. Its quiet, easy-going life is light-years from modern tourist traps such as traffic snarls, ‘been there, done that’ selfie spots and insistent hawkers. What Palau has in spades is natural beauty untouched for thousands of years; hundreds of small islands with bleached white sand beaches and warm, clear waters of the South Pacific.
As travellers fly into Palau’s only airport at Babeldaob, the sheer magnificence of aquamarine waters dotted by coral and volcanic isles of bright, tropical green overwhelm cameras and senses. Covering an area of less than 500 square kilometres, the island destination’s beauty has to be seen to be believed. It is often described as the ‘underwater Serengeti’ of the globe – the archipelago’s innumerable hotspots such as the Blue Corner, Jellyfish Lake and Rock Islands provide a surreal diving experience for even veterans. Other world-famous scuba-diving spots include the German Channel and the Ulong Channel.
On land, travellers will find a warm, friendly culture dedicated to hospitality. The capital city of Melekeok, on the island of Babeldaob, has a population of less than 500 permanent residents! Koror, the former capital, has a plethora of markets, restaurants and resorts besides being a hub of dive operators. English is spoken widely and there are museums and cultural centres where visitors can soak up the history of this tiny nation.
Things to Do:
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving: Koror’s Blue Holes are an exceptional treat, with divers able to explore underground grottos and natural cathedrals in its startlingly-clear waters. Surrounded by delicate coral formations with sunlight filtering in through the depths, scuba divers find themselves entranced by this remote island nation.
Hikes and Off-road Adventures: Besides the main islands and a couple of others, paved roads are something non-essential considering the islands themselves are so small. This fact also lends itself to some great off-road adventures through the islands’ hills and forests.
WWII Wrecks: There are plenty of world war relics sunk underwater, like the Iro Maru, the Zero fighter plane and the Amatsu Maru to interest history buffs and divers alike.
Accommodation and Resorts
Palau has a wide selection of resorts; from budget hotels, mid-range resorts and luxury offerings. For a five-star dive resort, there is the Manta Ray Bay Resort and the Cliffside Hotel which has stunning visuals of Palau’s coastline. The 5-star Palau Pacific Resort is one of the destination’s superb hospitality havens, boasting long stretches of white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and great snorkelling. Scroll through our Palau offerings, and if you need to talk to someone for picking the right resort, our South Pacific Specialists are at the ready. Just ring us at 1300 991 751 or fill out the Enquiry Form!
Best time to Visit Palau
The optimal time to explore Palau’s delights would be during December to March. The waters are clearest, and the temperate winds provide a soothing balm to the dappled sunlight covering the islands. The country’s Independence Day (October 1), as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas, are celebrated with special vigour in Koror. The city comes alive with events, celebrations, floats and all-hours festivities during these days.