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For sparkling water adventures, visit the island of Palau. The Republic of Palau is a Pacific island nation 2,000 miles south of Tokyo and around 500 miles east of the Philippines. Formerly known to Westerners as Pelew, the island nation’s name has been changed to incorporate the local pronunciation of Belau. To be more technical about it, Palau is actually a group of islands located in Micronesia. According to the latest measurement, its population is estimated at 22 thousand. English and Palauan are the main languages.

When you think of Palau, you envision snorkeling and diving adventures. You can enjoy natural underwater sights, in the form of coral, jellyfish, fish and more. Don’t worry: the jellyfish in Palauan waters are sting less. Not a swimmer or diver? You can still enjoy Palau’s natural resources above its waters. You can take photographs of mysterious mangroves, graceful exotic birds and beautiful flora, such as orchids. Mingle with the friendly Palauans to better get to know the island nation. Even with all these adventures and socialization, you can stop and be quiet for while in Palau’s museums and libraries.

Fly in from Manila or Guam to Palau International Airport. This means that if you come from further away, you need to book interconnecting flights. You can also reach the island via boats. In Palau itself, you can also get around by boats because the Republic is after all, a group of several islands. You can also rent a car or a motorcycle if you want to get around by land. Bring along lightweight clothes and swimsuits when visiting Palau. The island nation is warm all year through, averaging at 81 degrees Fahrenheit. You may want to avoid the heavy rains of July to October. Note though that it is not typhoon-ridden as some of its Pacific neighbors.

If you are from the United States, you will not need a visa if your stay is only up to a maximum of 30 days. However, if you are visiting for business purposes, you will need the appropriate visa.

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