|Palau is a beautiful Pacific Ocean island destination and as such visitors will not find a huge variety of attractions here. The primary attraction is scuba diving and there are a number of famous and popular spots off the coasts. Palau is also good for a relaxing tropical island holiday. The two main cities have friendly bars and restaurants to enjoy as well as places to stay and opportunities for shopping.
For scuba divers there are two options for staying in Palau. The first is to opt for an island resort. The benefit with this is that you can spend a little time enjoying activities other than diving and your accommodation should be comfortable and spacious. The second option is to choose a live-aboard boat. This may not be as spacious as resort accommodation, but if you’re principal reason for visiting Palau is for scuba diving these are a great way to do it!
There are a number of famous sites, the most renowned of which is called Blue Corner. There are usually a high number of sharks here and the high current adds to the excitement! Other dive sites include Blue Holes, Ulong Channel and German Channel and WWII battle fields are popular spots too.
Koror is Palau’s largest city and until 2006 was the capital. There are some nice places to eat here which serve a variety of different cuisines. If you’re looking to buy something which is traditionally Palauan, the most popular souvenir is a storyboard. These are hand crafted wood carvings which depict myths and legends of Palau.
The new capital city is Melekeok, though it can hardly be called a city! With a population of less than 400, Melekeok was just a hamlet at the time it was pronounced the capital of Palau. As you can imagine there is not much to see here, though one building of interest is the new capitol building. This impressive building has been modeled on the traditional style of capitol buildings in the United States.