Located in the southwest section of Micronesia, Palau is a small but a grand country that offers both locals and tourists so much to see. This country is endowed with natural wonders, including 343 beautiful tropical islands, rich dive sites, and breathtaking lakes and waterfalls. It is indeed not surprising why this paradise of the pacific has continued to attract a large number of tourists from all over the world year after year.
Perhaps one of the best ways to get up close and personal with the real beauty of Palau is to dive into its rich seas. This is because, more than anything else, Palau is world-renowned mainly due to the exceptional richness of its underwater world, offering divers an unparalleled diving experience.
There are over 75 named dive sites in the country, but the most famous site is the Blue Corner. Stretching far into the Philippine Sea, the dive site offers a breathtaking view of colorful coral walls that are rich with marine life. At this dive site, you can come face-to-face with a large number of marine species, including sharks, sea turtles, sting rays, corals fish, and the now almost extinct dugongs. Being one of the most diverse and richest dive sites in the world, the Blue Corner has become a hotspot for many divers and underwater photographers from all over the world.
Another spot that tourists should not miss in the Republic of Palau is the mysterious Jellyfish Lake located in Eil Malk Island, a part of Palau’s Rock Islands. About 18 miles from Koror, it only takes 30-40 minutes to reach Jellyfish Lake from Koror. The lake is notable for the millions of golden, orange and white jellyfish that thrive in the lake. Because these species of jellyfish either don’t sting or mildly sting, tourists can also enjoy snorkeling, or swimming with the jellyfish in the lake.
Palau also has something to offer to those who are looking to relax, or pamper themselves the natural way. The Milky Way, located in the Rock Islands, is a lagoon rich in minerals that are good for the skin. The bottom of this natural spa is a white, sulfur- smelling mud that is often used for beauty treatments and mud baths. But if you are looking for some tranquility, the country also offers some of the world’s breathtaking waterfalls, and one of which is the refreshing Ngatpang Waterfall located in Koror. Surrounded by lush rainforest and by the sounds of animals and birds that thrive in the area, Ngatpang does not only offer a sight that is sure to captivate the hearts of nature lovers, it also offers visitors a natural orchestra.
Palau is indeed home to some of the world’s best natural attractions. This is why, despite being small, the country has continued to lure tourists from all parts of the world over the years.