Located to the west of Micronesia and to the east of the Philippines is a magnificent archipelago made up of 8 main islands and over 250 smaller islands. This tropical paradise is best known for its excellent diving opportunities with breath-taking drop-offs, sunken shipwrecks and a large diversity of marine life, making it a dream destination for dive enthusiasts. However, although Palau is best known for its magnificent underwater attractions and activities you don’t have to go diving to enjoy Palau.
On land you can explore mysterious archaeological remains, rich flora and fauna inhabited by exotic birds and endemic wildlife, WWII remains and picturesque rainforests with cascading waterfalls.
Palau’s main island, Babeldaob is a volcanic island ranked as the second largest Island in Micronesia and considered one of the largest untouched tropical rainforests in Micronesia. With its terrain being mostly tropical rainforest, towering mountains with cascading waterfalls and fresh water lakes, this enchanting island is a small piece of heaven on earth. Home to a spectacular variety of tropical flowers, lush vegetation and endemic wildlife, it is also a treasure trove for naturalists and animal lovers alike. Babeldaob also houses many cultural and historical sites from ancient Palauan time. Amongst these is Bai, a traditional meeting house for men and the mysterious Stone Monoliths, dating back to AD100.
The Rock Islands are Palau’s most striking and recognisable land marks. These enchanting mushroom shaped islands are home to an intricate maze of winding channels, pristine coral reefs, secret lagoons, forgotten WWII sites and magnificent sandy beaches. Hidden amongst the Rock Islands is Jelly Fish Lake, a secret lake populated with millions of golden jelly fish. Snorkelling is a popular activity within the lake as the jelly fish, having being isolated from predators, have evolved over millions of years to have very weak stingers, making it safe to snorkel amongst them.
Kayaking or canoeing is the perfect way to explore the natural beauty of the Rock Islands with its many hidden networks of secret lakes and magnificent mangrove forests. As you weave through the many twisting channels and mangrove swamps surrounding the Rock Islands you may even get an opportunity to see the endemic saltwater crocodile, a permanent resident on Palau’s Islands.
Bordering the Rock Islands to the south is the Island of Peleliu, a historic site where a fierce battle between the Japanese and America military forces took place during WWII. Remnants of the battle can still be seen on the island as carcasses of tanks and planes lie scattered across the forest.
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