Palau or the Republic of Palau is an archipelago which comprises of over 500 inhabited and uninhabited islands. The stunning islands of Palau, which is often referred to as Belau, is rich in natural diversity. The shimmering blue waters which lap these islands are ideal for swimming, diving and kayaking. The extraordinary natural beauty of these islands is what attracts tourists from across the globe. To discover some of the magical things you can do in this archipelago, read on.
Here Are 7 Magical Things To Do In Palau:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.