54. Koror, Palau

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Why

Getting here is half the adventure, then once you arrive, its an adventure all over again to see all that this tropical Pacific island has to offer. Worth it? Yes!

Koror, Republic of Palau - Welcome

Koror, Republic of Palau – Welcome

 

Koror, Republic of Palau - Ngardmau Falls

Koror, Republic of Palau – Ngardmau Falls

Where

Koror, Palau is the capital of the island chains of Palau.

How To Get Here

By Boat

You could do something like charter a yacht, but you have to get here first :-).

By Train

Fat chance, no trains here at all.

By Plane

The closest airport is the Koror, Palau (ROR) International Airport (ROR), which is served by the following airlines:

Air New Zealand (NZ), Air Niugini (PX), Airnorth (TL), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), Fiji Airways (FJ), Hinterland Aviation (OI), Hong Kong Airlines (HX), Jetstar Airways (JQ), Philippine Airlines (PR), Qantas (QF), Regional Express Airlines (ZL), SilkAir (MI), Tiger Air Australia (TT) and Virgin Australia (VA).

Koror, Palau - Palau International Airport (ROR)

Koror, Palau – Palau International Airport (ROR)

By Bus

No buses

By Car

Nope, but once you get here you can rent a car and drive around the island though.

Where To Stay

There are a few quaint places to stay in Koror.

Check below for a place to stay.

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

Where To Eat

Great local food all over the place. Plus there’s a grocery store in the downtown area.

Koror, Palau - Chinese Restaurant Menu

Koror, Palau – Chinese Restaurant Menu

 

Koror, Palau - Chinese Food

Koror, Palau – Chinese Food

 

Koror, Palau - Chinese Food

Koror, Palau – Chinese Food

 

Koror, Palau - Breakfast

Koror, Palau – Breakfast

 

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

What To Do

If you dive, this is the place for you. Palau has some of the best dive spots in the world. If you are not a diver, then you can snorkel, kayak,  if not then swimming will work or just enjoying the ocean and the outdoors. You may also check Lonely Planet for a list of items and also for a Guidebook if you so desire.

Koror, Palau - Kayaking

Koror, Palau – Kayaking

Jellyfish Lake (although it may be closed or restricted access due to the jelly fish dying off) is just simply amazing. It’s quite the trek to get there. You first go on a long boat ride journey from Koror. Then once you dock, you then walk to the Lake through a natural wet and sometimes muddy area. Wear water shoes as you will need them to walk the terrain. Suntan lotion is not allowed as it kills the jellyfish. So follow the instructions of the tour operators very carefully. Then you swim out to the middle of the Lake and the jellyfish come up like magic.

Koror, Republic of Palau - JellyFish Lake

Koror, Republic of Palau – JellyFish Lake

Here are some tour operators you can book in Koror; they include other events of which Jellyfish Lake is one of the items:

  1. IMPAC Tours – this is the company I used
  2. Palau Dive Adventures
  3. Samstours

If you can’t visit the Lake, there are plenty of other things to do in this region such as the Milky Way, where you can wash in the sand from the bottom of the sea; diver dive down and bring up buckets of the silt and you can wash your entire body in it.

Koror, Palau - Divers retrieving white stuff from the Milky Way

Koror, Palau – Divers retrieving white stuff from the Milky Way

 

Koror, Republic of Palau - Milky Way

Koror, Republic of Palau – Milky Way

Plus there’s also the UNESCO World Heritage site Rock Islands Southern Lagoon.

You should also make your way to the Ngardmau Falls and take a walk in that area.

Koror, Palau - Ngardmau Falls

Koror, Palau – Ngardmau Falls

There is also some remnants of the War still on the island.

Koror, Republic of Palau - War Tank

Koror, Republic of Palau – War Tank

==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>> Here is a list of things to do from Lonely Planet.

Additional Information

Language: English and Palauan

Currency: USD

Tourism Palau

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