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The Republic of Palau – sometimes referred to as Belau – is a tiny country nestled deep in Oceania, neighbored by Guam and the Federated States of Micronesia to the east and by Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia to the west. An archipelago consisting of 6 island groups that make up more than 100 islands in total, far-flung Palau – with its tiny population of 20,000 – is one of the last few places in the world where nature in its original form is left largely untouched and pristine. Part of the Western Caroline Islands in the Pacific Ocean, most of Palau’s islands are fringed by coral reef.

Considered one of the planet’s best diving locations, Palau’s coral reef-ringed islands are simply bursting with aquatic and marine life. There’s a spot for swimming with mantas, another for snorkelling with sharks, an area for admiring giant clams, and of course the famous Jellyfish Lake with its 21 million transclucent, non-venomous inhabitants. On top of that, the region’s plentiful geographic formations – e.g. drop-offs, underwater caves, blue holes, wartime wrecks and tunnels – make a dive experience at Palau truly unforgettable.

Getting around

Tourists are recommended to travel around Palau by taxi, which are readily available on the street and relatively affordable. Driving is not advised, as road conditions in the country are somewhat poor. Both left- and right-hand cars are also present on the streets, which can lead to some confusion as to which side of the road one should drive on.

What to see and do

No trip to Palau is complete without a trip to its most bizarre, yet amazing natural phenomenon – the marine Jellyfish Lake, hidden within the country’s beautiful and untouched Rock Islands. Located on Eil Malk island, Jellyfish Lake is 12,000 years old and was formed when sea levels rose after the last Ice Age (though the Lake continues to have connections to the ocean through channels in the encircling rock), filling rock crevices on the islands with seawater and jellyfish larvae. Since then the landlocked Golden Jellies have thrived, forming a unique symbiotic relationship with algae living in their bodies where each depends on the other for survival. The jellies make a daily migration to the top level of the lake each morning so that their algae can be exposed to sunlight for photosynthesis (they subsequently absorb the resulting nutrients of that photosynthesis) and move downwards again when the sun sets. Tourists are allowed to snorkel in the lake together with the millions of jellies, as their stingers are very mild.

Other than Jellyfish Lake, don’t miss a visit to Milky Way lagoon – whose chalky muds are thought to carry skin-enhancing values – as well as Clam City and Shark City, both exquisite dive sites.

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