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Palau

Etymology

The name for the islands in the Palauan language, Belau, likely derives from either the Palauan word for “village”, beluu,[5] or from aibebelau (“indirect replies”), relating to a creation myth. The name “Palau” entered the English language from the Spanish Los Palaos, via the German Palau. An archaic name for the islands in English was the “Pelew Islands”. It should not be confused with Pulau, which is an Malay word meaning “island”. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Airai Water Paradise Hotel & Spa, Palau – Our hotel full of Palau classical design. We have the largest collection of Palauan storyboards in our lobby. [facebook]

Burger Sea – Fast Food Restaurant in Koror, Palau. [facebook]

The Parrot – The Parrot is the only place to get wood-fired, stone oven pizza in Palau. We deliver to Koror, Malakal and Meyuns. Try a S’mores Dessert Pizza. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Meet Singles From Palau – Are you there yet? At Mingle2, there’s a bevy of attractive, available singles in Palau, and they’re looking for you. Sign up in 30 seconds and find out why fun-loving singles in Palau are flocking to Mingle2. 100% free online dating. Get in on the action at Mingle.com. [mingle2]

Palau Dating For Free – Connecting Singles is a 100% FREE Palau dating site where you can make friends and meet Palau singles. Find an activity partner, new friends, a cool date or a soulmate, for a casual or long term relationship. [connecting singles]

Personals & Singles in Palau – We’re 100% free for everything, meet Palau singles today.Chat with singles on our free Palau dating site. [date hookup]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Sam’s Tours Palau – Sam’s Tours is committed to providing our guests with the highest level of service, safety and a personalized quality experience. We act in partnership with our customers, employees and the community. Our goal is service excellence and sound business practices in harmony with environmental responsibility and the highest professional standards. [sams tours]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Be Awestruck By Rock Islands Southern Lagoon – The Rock Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the premier tourist attractions in the emerald isles of Palau. The Rock Islands are 445 uninhabited islands, which are scattered across 32 kilometers of warm, turquoise blue waters, in western Pacific Ocean. These whimsically shaped limestone islets, some of which resemble mushrooms, are located southwest of Koror. The shimmering waters which surround these islands are teeming with abundant and rare marine life. The best way to explore these islands is by boat. [travel tour xp]

Enjoy The Spectacular Ngardmau Falls – The fantastic Ngardmau Falls is located in Babeldaob, which is the largest island in the Republic of Palau. Ngardmau Falls enjoys the unique distinction of being the largest waterfall in Micronesia. The Ngardmau Falls tumbles down from a height of fifty feet along the rocky face of Mt. Ngerchelchuus. The best way to reach the spectacular Ngardmau Falls is to trek along a scenic jungle path. Tourists can also opt to ride the monorail to reach the sparkling waterfalls. [travel tour xp]

Explore Milky Way Lagoon – The Milky Way Lagoon is located in the island of Koror. The turquoise blue water of this lagoon hides a beautiful secret – soft white mud, renowned for its curative powers. Tourists enjoy smothering their bodies with this gooey white mud. The Milky Way lagoon is home to a variety of spectacular marine life. The calm waters of this lagoon are ideal for swimming and scuba diving. [travel tour xp]

Swim In Jellyfish Lake – Enjoy a once in a lifetime chance to swim in a lake that is packed with millions of golden jellyfish. The awesome Jellyfish Lake is located in an uninhabited island just off the coast of Koror. The warm, saltwater lake is home to nearly 10 million golden jellyfish. The jellyfish were trapped in the lake more than 12,000 years ago, when there was a sudden rise in sea levels. Tourists are not allowed to scuba dive in the lake, but can swim alongside the magnificent golden hued jellyfish. [travel tour xp]

Tour Palau Aquarium – The best way to study the spectacular marine life which resides in the warm waters that surround the emerald islands of this nation is to visit the well maintained Palau Aquarium. The Palau Aquarium was specifically started to educate visitors about the fast disappearing and fragile reef ecosystem. The aquarium is divided into sixteen sections, each of which features a unique habitat. [travel tour xp]

Tour The Fantastic Etpison Museum – The beautiful Etpison Museum is located in Koror. The museum covers an area of 3000 square feet and was inaugurated in 1999. This splendid museum is an awesome repository of photographs, artwork and jewelry. The museum which is a celebration of Palau’s unique culture was built by Shaun and Mandy Etpison. [travel tour xp]

Visit The Mysterious Monoliths Of Babeldaob Island – The northern most point of Babeldaob, an island which covers an area of almost 331 square kilometers, is the site for the mysterious monoliths. The basalt monoliths are scattered across a beautiful grassy knoll. According to popular lore, the monoliths were gifted by the Gods to support the ‘bai’ or the men’s meeting house. Most of these magnificent rocks are more than 2000 years old. Many of the monoliths have ethereal faces carved on them. [travel tour xp]

Festivals

Festivals

Christmas – Like all other Christian nations around the globe, Christmas is celebrated in Palau on December 25. Tourists will be able to enjoy a wide range of festivities leading up to this magnificent day, especially around the many churches in Palau. Following Christmas comes New Year’s Eve, which is a fun yet expensive time on the islands. [iexplore]

Constitution Day – This day is celebrated across Palau. Although most of the festivities are found in the city of Koror and the capital district known as Ngerulmud, the entire country experiences a holiday on this day. Constitution Day, which falls on July 9 each year, commemorates the signing of the Nuclear-free Constitution in 1981. [iexplore]

Earth Day – Earth Day, which falls on April 22 each year, is a magnificent celebration of Mother Nature. It is celebrated around the world, but with Palau’s heavy reliance on a healthy Mother Nature, the island hold this day in high regard. There are always plenty of awareness campaigns and Koror becomes an even greater buzz than it usually is. [iexplore]

Independence Day – After many years of civil unrest, Palau finally experienced peace after becoming independent on October 1, 1994. Independence Day is celebrated throughout the country on this day every year. It is both a working and school holiday. Most of the activities and performances on this day are found in the largest city of Palau, Koror. [iexplore]

International Photo Festival – Held during March, the International Photo Festival has featured on the Palau calendar since 2002. This underwater photography festival lures many world-renowned nature photographers to the archipelago each year. Most dive shops around Palau are invited to the event, so tourists need only make reservations with local dive operators to enjoy this festival. [iexplore]

Palau Challenge – Belau Triathlon – The island of Koror is home to the Palau Challenge, which is organized by the Belau Triathlon Federation. It is an exciting and popular event that has been held for about five years. It includes several disciplines and races, including open ocean swimming, a triathlon, and cycling events. The program is open to anyone fit enough to enjoy the beauty of Palau via a long and arduous triathlon. It occurs on December 1 and December 2 annually. [iexplore]

Thanksgiving – Palau boasts a very American culture, and therefore many North American holidays are celebrated on the islands. However, one of the most famous holidays held during the year is Thanksgiving. This food-filled event, celebrated on the last Thursday in November, is well catered for across the country. However, most of the local restaurants and dining options that serve Thanksgiving meals are found on the islands around Koror. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Taxis and Car Rental – Catching a taxi in Palau is relatively easy, especially in the city of Koror. From resorts and hotels, tourists can ask the concierge to find them a taxi or conveniently hail one from the curb-side. Instead of using meters, most taxis in the capital provide a fixed rate sheet that informs passengers of how much each journey will cost. It is possible to rent a taxi for the entire duration of a holiday. [iexplore]

Trains and Buses – There are no train services in Palau, and only Koror has a limited bus service that runs the streets of the largest city. If tourists want to get around without the use of car rental or taxis, they will need to use vans and tour buses, which are readily available through tour operators around the archipelago. [iexplore]

Water Taxis – Several states in Palau offer water ferry services to the city of Koror. Traveling by boat in Palau is relatively inexpensive and provides spectacular views of the surrounding maritime region. However, there are times when the seas can get rough. Travelers who are worried should ask a local guide about sea conditions before departing. [iexplore]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

M-Connect & Associates Business Outsourcing – We strive to cover all aspects of bookkeeping focus on processes, provide management accountants at your service and have helped businesses reduce costs. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Palau – No doubt a top tourist destination, Palau’s alluring qualities involve pristine blue waters, coral reefs, rare sea creatures, a vast array of flora and fauna including mangroves, exotic birds and tropical weather. The peoples, as one would expect from this region, are hospitable, sociable and amiable; perhaps to the point where expats don’t really want to leave all the niceness and the carefree island lifestyle. [expat woman]

Living in Palau- Expat – Located in Micronesia, Palau is divided into a total of sixteen States among which only a few are inhabited. Its biodiversity, as well as its rich marine environment, have already seduced many expatriates over the years. [expat]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Palau & Micronesia Men & Women of LGBTQ Legacy by Christy Sakaziro – Constructive center where Men & Women LGTBQ organize projects for educational, awareness, beauty, fashion and representatives for LGBTQ cause. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

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