Nestled in the Pacific Ocean, just east of the Philippines, is the independent country of Palau. Comprising many islands, a holiday in Palau means that visitors can really get off the beaten track. The main draw of this naturally beautiful country is the many stunning beaches and the water that surrounds them. It's a very sparsely populated country and even the largest city is home to only a few thousand people. While a little short on attractions, the scuba diving, trekking and opportunities for relaxation will keep you busy for weeks when you visit Palau in 2021. Its location in the Pacific Ocean means that the country gets excellent weather all year round. Even though visiting in the wet season you’ll still enjoy hours of daily sunshine. The food here is influenced by its surrounding neighbours. Many of the dishes are served with rice and fresh seafood is always high on the culinary agenda.
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We love La Sciumara Beach for its golden sands & turquoise water
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See the impressive Bear’s Rock (it resembles...you guessed it, a bear)
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Your guide to Palau holidays
While the primary draw for visiting Palau is its unspoilt beaches, the former capital city of Koror does have a small collection of what you might call typical attractions. Two museums worth visiting are the Etpison Museum and Belau Museum. Both have small collections of local artefacts covering subjects such as the history of the country and the marine life which surrounds it. Melekeok is now the official capital of the country and was designated as such only back in 2006. The city is home to the country's new government capitol building. A controversial structure among locals given the grandeur and expense relative to the small population. Melekeok is home to under 400 local people, so don't expect to get stuck in traffic here. Palau is well known for its exquisite waters and abundance of marine life. Snorkelling and scuba diving are incredibly popular with those who visit. There are many reputable dive shops around where you can hire equipment or even register to get your diving certification.
It's no exaggeration to say that there are hundreds of beaches in Palau. Babeldaob is the largest island in the country and is known for its long stretched of beaches and lush landscape. Heading south you'll discover Rock Islands which are made up of over 300 uninhabited islands, while Peleliu is home to around 700 people. There are no major developments in Palau, but you will find many hotels of various guises scattered across the country. In beach localities where there are hotels, you'll normally find a smattering of amenities, though there often isn't much to see outside the immediate area where you're staying. There's always opportunities to take to the water. Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular activities, and the hotel staff will be more than happy to help you set this up. If you're not satisfied with one beach then there's plenty of opportunity to island hop. Beach life is integral to the way of life here. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of this unique country.
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