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What to see in Palau? the Milky Way; Malakal Harbour cave; Chuuk Island wrecks; the German Channel marine fauna.

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Palau is ideal in its beauty. It is a real labyrinth of green islands created by the nature itself. Hidden bays and secret lagoons amaze by their unusualness as soon as you leave Koror bay. The sea among the islands is so tranquil that it is hard to say where the sea ends and the sky starts. Few people have ever heard of such a little country and someone may think that the locals still live here in tribes like centuries ago. On the contrary, the Republic of Palau is quite a developed state with all marks of civilization: houses, roads, cars and electricity; all the islands are interconnected by bridges, but the country is small indeed – it can be travelled all over in several hours. The capital – Ngerulmud – is just one big empty building located in a remote. Food even in the cheapest cafes can seem expensive to you. However, it would be cheaper if you can buy some food in a shop and have it cooked for free.

There is no public transport in Palau. You can hire a car (which is less expensive) or you can go by taxi. Fortunately for tourists there are no poisonous snakes or insects so you do not need to fear. Though the island is surrounded by the ocean, there are no open beaches here. All the beaches belong to hotels and the entrance is charged. However, Palau beaches are just the same as you dreamt of. Widely known attraction in Palau is the Milky Way – the channel whose bottom is covered with slippery white clay which gives the water its milky color.

There is only one airport in Palau:

  • Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (ROR)

Diving in Palau. The most popular places and time:

  • The islands Rock and Palau consist of limestone – that means that during thousands of years of erosion formed turquoise holes, tunnels and transparent blue caves under water.
  • Diving in the stalactitic cave in Malakal Harbour. The entrance is at a depth of 2 meters. The cave consists of 4 halls stretching inland for 65 meters. In every hall there are air pockets where you can breathe.
  • Chuuk Island – a whole Japanese navy lies on the bottom of this lagoon as an evidence of the biggest marine catastrophe in the history. All the ships are lying just as they were overtaken by death.
  • The German Channel – from December to February – in Manta season – you can meet here more rays than usually.
  • February – May – big amounts of sharks swim up to the island for coupling.
  • August – September – you can see here large shoals of newborn sharks (up to 100 individuals).
  • June – July – the best water transparency in the lagoon: ideal conditions for deep-water diving.