Palau Travel Guide 2024: Things to Do, Accommodations, and Tips

Blessed with its location in the heart of the western Pacific Ocean, Palau is an island state featuring untouched white sand beaches, diverse marine species and striking limestone rocks. Experienced divers will enjoy the region’s exquisite diving locations, featuring world-class spots like Jellyfish Lake, German Channel, and Chandelier Cave. Whether you’re looking a relaxing beach getaway or a thrilling diving experience, Palau has got you covered.

About Palau

Palau Metallic flag, Textured flag, grunge flag

Palau, officially the Republic of Palau, is an archipelago consisting of more than 500 islands, renowned for its coral reefs and marine life. The island’s beauty extends beyond its shores, with lush greenery and limestone cliffs creating a picturesque backdrop.

Upon arrival, visitors are greeted with warm temperatures and clear blue waters perfect for snorkelling and diving. Exploring the island’s many attractions, including the iconic Rock Islands and pristine coral reefs, is a must for any traveller seeking adventure in paradise.

Best Time to Go To Palau

This island country of Micronesian region has a tropical climate, with the temperatures as warm all round through the year. The perfect time to visit Palau is between November and April, when you should be able to enjoy full days without any rain, ideal to observe calm seas during your diving adventures.

For the people that want to stay away from a crowd and take up inexpensive travelling cost, they can travel during the shoulder seasons like May to June or September to October. During spring and summer, the rainfall is higher, but the greeneries and flower make an amazing view for hiking.

Getting Around Palau

After you have reached Palau, travelling between one location to another does not pose much difficulty, thanks to the islet’s small size as well as the good infrastructure development. Taxis can be found at the busiest locations for last-moment short-distance rides, while rental cars allow private travellers to explore the island’s hidden corners and roads in a systematic manner. Do not be timid to attempt a guided tour through Palau, enticing you to visit other historical sites and attractions.

Palau also provides boats for touring purposes to admire the mesmeric rock formations and thriving sea life around the island. Ensure that you pack sunscreen and a travel insurance policy for the thrilling times ahead, as you are about to embark on an unforgettable journey through one of the world’s most magical locations.

Things to Do in Palau 

Palau is a paradise for adventurers, offering a wide range of activities to explore its stunning natural beauty. For water enthusiasts, the crystal-clear lagoon is perfect for snorkelling, kayaking, and also scuba diving -of course.

There are a lot of dive sites in this country, which makes it a great place for scuba diving. You can go into colourful coral reefs, visit underwater caves, or even check sunken wrecks. The main bustle of the tourists is located in Koror, where you can find hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. For the people who love history, a visit to the Peleliu is a must, as it is the island which witnessed a World War II battle in the past.

How to Travel to Palau

Traveling to Palau is an incredible experience that many divers and adventurers will never forget. One popular way to reach Palau is by taking a flight on an airplane to the international airport located in Koror. Upon arrival, visitors will need to fill out an entry form and go through immigration where they may be required to present a visa depending on their country of origin. From the airport, visitors can then take a taxi to their accommodation or embark on a liveaboard boat such as Solitude Gaia to explore the stunning waters surrounding Palau. Whether traveling by boat or plane, the journey to Palau is sure to be filled with excitement and anticipation for the adventures that await.

Things to Prepare Before Going to Palau

Be sure to check the latest travel information and health recommendations, especially the necessary vaccinations (if applicable) before your departure. Upon arrival at the Palau Internal Airport, travelers from eligible nationalities can also opt to obtain a visa upon arrival, which are valid for a maximum of 30 days per stay. If you need help for your travels inland, you can also always visit the Palau Visitors Authority and/or other local authorities.

Where to Stay in Palau 

Palau offers a variety of accommodations for visitors looking to explore this stunning island in Micronesia. The main hub of Koror is where most tourists stay, as it is conveniently located near the Palau International Airport and provides easy access to many of the top dive sites such as the famous Blue Corner.

However, for those looking for a more immersive experience for scuba diving, then liveaboards are an excellent alternative to your traditional accommodation on land. 

In liveaboards, travellers can enjoy their stay aboard the sea,  exploring multiple dive sites each day without the need to travel back and forth from a hotel. Liveaboards often offer a range of amenities such as spacious cabins, delicious meals prepared by onboard chefs, and knowledgeable dive guides who are familiar with the best spots in the area.

Being on a liveaboard, on the other hand, gives divers the unique chance to fully immerse in gorgeous Palauan waters, as they can just wake up and directly dive into the ocean to begin their diving retreats. The numerous daily dives can help divers to enjoy the best of the underwater world, as well as the unique landscapes of the island for the whole day.

Planning Your Liveaboard Diving Trip to Palau

Whether you are a seasoned diver looking for a new adventure or a beginner hoping to explore the wonders of the underwater world, a liveaboard experience in Palau is sure to be a unforgettable trip. So, if you’re looking to make the most of your scuba diving experience in Palau, consider booking a stay with Solitude World Liveaboards & Resorts for a truly immersive and exciting adventure!

With our liveaboards, you’ll be able to enjoy exceptional comfort and hospitality on board one of our two state-of-the-art vessels, MV Solitude One and Solitude Gaia. With spacious cabins, top-of-the-line amenities, all-inclusive meals, and expertly guided dives at renowned sites, every aspect of our liveaboards are tailored to enhance your diving experience.

Whether you’re looking forward to exploring Palau‘s historic wrecks or spending the day alongside its rich marine life and pristine corals, Solitude World Liveaboards & Resorts has you covered.

Book your next diving adventure with us here today!