You’re breathlessly awaiting the answer to this most stimulating question, so here goes:
Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. Geographically it’s part of the larger island group of Micronesia with a population of around 21,000. The country was originally settled around 3,000 years ago by migrants from the Philippines. After WWII, Palau was made a part of the U.S. and in 1994, the islands gained full sovereignty under a Compact of Free Association with the United States. If one can possibly bear the thought of a flying nightmare of approximately 24 hours, then it is possible to experience this green and very eco-conscious island.
Water, Water Everywhere
Being in and quite often under the water while in Palau is the general position of the intrepid visitor. Impac Tours has a Kayak and Rock Island Tour where one goes through the Rock Islands by boat and visit spectacular snorkel spots. Kayaking in Marine Lake, you’ll paddle to the mangrove channel where you can observe corals, fish, birds and fantastic nature. www.palau-impac.com.
Sam’s Tours offers “one stop shopping” for diving and snorkeling. From coral gardens filled with colorful fish and turtles to plateaus patrolled by sharks and barracudas, the tour is topped off with snorkeling in Jellyfish Lake, a hidden body of water where one can experience the unique adventure among millions of jellyfish (the non-stinging kind). You can also snorkel through “Milkyway”, a sheltered lake where the water’s name is derived from thick milky limestone deposits at the bottom and all this is topped off with sightings of WWII wrecks. www.samstours.com/diving.
Fish ‘N Fins is still another of the numerous dive shops in Palau which offers kayaking trips, land tours, deep sea fishing, camping and touring all of the Rock Islands. www.fishnfins.com
Like getting wet? Visit Palau.
Meanwhile, underwater in NYC we have Empire Divers. Whether a snorkeler, avid diver, just learning to dive or interested in becoming a dive professional, this company has the course for you. Empire Divers offers the highest quality diver education and equipment available plus certifications for all levels of training and programs with continuing education. www.empirediveres.com
If You Go:
Palau Pacific Resort, www.palauppr.com
Palau Royal Resort, www.palau-royal-resort.com
How to Go:
United Airlines, www.united.com
Although one’s flight just might be cancelled and you’ll miss your connections, keep fingers crossed that when you arrive in Guam (from Palau) and your flight is long gone, you may be lucky enough to be put up overnight at the divine Pacific Islands Club, www.picresorts.com. The airline does try to assist when flights are cancelled and you find yourself stranded half way around the world.