Flying Half Way Across the Globe to the Island Country of Palau

Earlier this month, I went across the globe to the small island country of Palau.

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For those of you who are not familiar, Palau is located in the Pacific Ocean. It’s about a 4.5-5 hour flight south from Tokyo, Japan. There is nothing else close to it, besides tons of coral reefs and I would say the Philippines which is about 1,200 miles away. Palau actually became independent from the US in 1994.

I left for this paradise to visit a friend who moved there to obtain her DiveMaster in scuba diving. I had yet to visit her abroad in China (which I hope to do so when she returns there!) and luckily, Palau worked out!

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Palau is relatively small when it comes to the capital of Koror. The population of the entire country is about 17,948 as per Wikipedia for 2015. There are about 250 islands total and the most famous, are the Rock Islands which Palau is known for.

So far, most of the tourism comes from Asia – especially Taiwan, China, and Japan. I believe I read that only about 6% of tourists came from the United States.

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Palau is still a “hidden gem” as some would say. Most tourists come for the scuba diving which was tied with my #1 scuba diving destination!

Spoiler- there is a famous jellyfish lake too I snorkeled in.

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There is much more to see than the underwater world though. The people of Palau have a friendly, inviting country so stay tuned to hear more of my adventures there!

Have you been to Palau?

 

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  1. Glad you got to visit. Just one correction. Palau was never part of the US. Prior to WWII it was under Japanese control. Then it became part of tbe Pacific Trust, which the US administered.

    1. Ah thanks Anna! Did not come across that specifically anywhere so I really appreciate that info 🙂

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