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Travel information about Palau

Palau comprises 500 islands that look like a sprouted giant mushrooms from the waters of the Pacific Ocean is located in the western Pacific Ocean. It has a total area of 459 km2 (177 sq mi) and an estimated population of 21,503. Palau is a place for divers and snorkelers where corals swirl around the islands. Palau’s Blue Corner is one of the world’s top dive sites.

Capital city of Palau: Ngerulmud

Closest neighbors to Palau: Palau shares maritime boundaries with Indonesia, the Philippines, and Federated States of Micronesia.

Best times to visit Palau: Palau has a steady warm climate all throughout the year for it is near to the equator. Best time to go is during the dry season from September to May for divers when the sea is calmer.

How to get to Palau: Flights from London and the US will be taken via Tokyo or Guam. It will take an estimated time of 24 hours including the varying stopovers.

Visa requirements for Palau: No need to obtain a visa if you are visiting Palau for a year or less although passport valid for 6 months upon entry is required.

Currency of Palau: United States dollar (USD) is the currency of Palau.

Official Language of Palau: English and Palauan are the languages of Palau.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Palau

There are 1 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Palau and 4 on their tentative list.

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.


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