The Republic of Palau, or loosely Palau, is an archipelago and territory located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is geographically part of the larger island group of Micronesia, which was originally settled around 3,000 years ago by migrants from the Philippines and sustained a Negrito population until around 900 years ago. It now has a population of around 21,000 that is scattered on the 16 states that make up the chain. Palau has a colourful history of power transfers from various colonisers. In the 18th century, the islands were first spotted by Europeans, and were made part of the Spanish East Indies in 1885 (like the Philippines). After some years, the islands were sold to Imperial Germany in 1899 under the terms of the German-Spanish Treaty. Later on, the Japanese conquered the islands (World War I), but the United States took over in 1947 (World War II period, Mariana and Palau Islands campaign).
Today, Palau is a presidential republic that has free association with the United States. The later provides defense, funding, and access to social services. The United States Dollar is its currency, while the island's culture is mixed with Japanese, Micronesian, Melanesian, Filipino, and others.
Where to go
Palau is the perfect place to just run away, hide, and enjoy the coolness of the air. It is set in a tropical environment, with more than 250 islands, having a rich culture, and heaps of activities to enjoy. A patch of heaven here on Earth? Probably so – since even if the place is a bit remote, you'd never feel it; the locals are very accommodating, hospitable, and friendly.
Before visiting the territory, planning is the first step. Travellers should first check all available places to stay. While Palau has a handful of resorts that fit almost all budget types and preferences, there will always be discrepancies on photos than what is really offered in real life. Make sure to read reviews first before booking. Accommodations may range from resorts, bungalows and cottages, motels and hotels, B&Bs, live-aboards, and home stays.
Upon arrival, travellers are suggested to take in Palau in all its glory first before heading out for the activities. This way, they may get to enjoy and learn the locals’ way of living, and that they may know how to get around. After which, travellers may head and proceed with the water activities, including diving, snorkeling, sportfishing, and other sports, thereafter learning about the culture and the traditions, and finally getting a slice of the islands’ historic sites. At the end of the day, they may sip cool cocktails made by local baristas, watch cultural presentations, and then retire to their chosen abode.
Through the Roman Tmetuchl International Airport, travelers may head to the following places:
Philippines –The Philippines is a country in the South-east region of Asia that is a precious cornucopia of cultures and traditions. It is made up of more than 7,000 islands that are scattered in the South China Sea and onto the Pacific, and in here lies various treasures troves that can be explored. When visiting the Philippines, travellers should head out and see the country’s last frontier Palawan, the indigenous plant and animal species of Davao, and the world famous islands of Boracay. They may also have a hand on the beauty of the Philippine festivals, from the Moriones, the Sinulog, the Regatta, and the Dinagyang.
Guam – Guam is an island located near the western North Pacific Ocean, halfway between Hawaii and the Philippines. It is one of the more developed islands in the Pacific, with direct connections to the island of Palau. It is also one of the territories of the United States, and shares the same status with Palau. When visiting Guam, check out Underwater World Guam, Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica, Ritidian Point, and others.
There are no long-haul flights from the airport of Palau. The only way to reach these types of destinations is through flight connections or transfers through other hubs. For example, from the Roman Tmetuchl International Airport in Palau, travellers may fly to Manila through the Ninoy International Airport, then look for available flights there. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the main airport serving the capital of the Philippines, Manila.
How to get out
The Roman Tmetuchl International Airport is the main airport serving Palau. Airlines that travel to the destination include Asiana Airlines, Belau Air, China Airlines, Delta, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Mega Maldives, and United Airlines.
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