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The capital of Palau is Ngerulmud, and it is located on the nearby island of Babeldaob, in Melekeok State. The best time to visit Palau is during the months from November to April for greatest number of pelagics, and during these there is incredible visibility.
The climate in Palau is generally tropical, and it experiences two different seasons, the dry season from December and April, and rainy season from April to December and usually experiences higher rainfall from July and October.
Palau is home to over 7 different ethnic groups, and the culture in Palau is based on a matrilineal system, and also was influenced by the Japanese, Spanish and Philippine cultural practices.
Christianity is the predominant religion in Palau, the Roman Catholicism is practised by approximately 65% of the population, while the others are protestant.
Palauan is the official language spoken in Palau, alongside English.
There is only one airport in Palau, so air transport is unavailable within the country. Also train transportation is unavailable in Palau, other transportation methods include car rentals, taxis, buses, and water taxis. Palau is a relatively safe place to visit, but as any other place basic precautions should be put into account.
Palau is a Christian nation, and so they celebrate the basic Christian festivals and events like Easter, Christmas, and thanksgiving. Other celebrations in Palau include; Palau Challenge (Belau Triathlon) - held on Korro island on 1st & 2nd of December and features s several disciplines and races, including open ocean swimming, a triathlon, and cycling events and is open to anyone fit enough to participate; International Photo Festival - held in March, this is an underwater photography festival lures many world-renowned nature photographers to the archipelago each year.
While in Palau Korro city is a place to be, it is known to be the most popular location in Palau.
There are over 500 places of interest in Palau, some of these fascinating locations include:
- Jellyfish lake - Located on Eil Malk Island, this lake is one of the most popular diving destinations in the archipelago. It offers spectacular scenery and one can get to swim with millions of the famous horizontally migrating golden jellyfish.
- Rock Islands - This is a small collection of coral or limestone structures jutting out of the water and ancient coral reefs. It features about 250 to 300 islands in groups occupying about 47 sq. km area and having about 207 m height, and it basically uninhabited but offers beautiful beaches and lagoons and looks a lot like an umbrella.
- Clear Lake - This lake is about 12,000 to 15,000 years old and linked to the ocean through tunnels and fissures present in the ancient Miocene reef limestone. It comprises of two layers i.e. upper oxygenated water layer and lower anoxic water layer.
- Ngerulmud - This is the capital of Palau, and is located on Babeldaob, the biggest island in Palau in the Melekeok village. It features several significant stone sights like the Did el Bad er a Beriber, which is a well-known stone bridge in the vicinity of an ancient dock; the Odalmelech Stone Faces, where you will find traditional Gods skillfully carved from stone.
- Korro - Formerly the capital of Palau, Korro is known to be the commercial centre of Palau, and comprises of several islands with beautiful landscapes and scenery.
There are over 500 hotels and accommodations in Palau with high class service to your taste and satisfaction. The island country of Palau doesn’t have a military force of its own. The U.S. is responsible for its defense under a Compact of Free Association between Palau and the US.
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For Palauans looking to travel out of the country. You can check out the list of destinations, how to Get Palau visa to those countries, Embassies in Palau and Visa Free Countries for Palauan passport holders
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How do I get to Palau?
There are many gateway cities to Palau. There are direct flights daily from Guam and the United States. Other cities and countries with direct flights are Tokyo, Manila, Yap, South-Korea, Taipei, and Hong Kong.