PALAU TRAVEL GUIDE
Palau is an archipelago of over 500 islands, part of the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean. Koror Island is home to the former capital, also named Koror, and is the islands’ commercial centre. The larger Babeldaob has the present capital, Ngerulmud, plus mountains and sandy beaches on its east coast. In its north, ancient basalt monoliths known as Badrulchau lie in grassy fields surrounded by palm trees.
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PALAU QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Melekeok
- Currency: US dollar ($, USD)
- Area: 458 km²
- Population: 17 907 (2018)
- Language: English and Palauan; also Sonsorolese, Tobi, Angaur, Japanese
- Electricity: 120V, 60Hz (North American plug)
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PALAU PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 15 March, Youth Day
- 5 May, Senior Citizens’ Day
- Last Monday in May, Memorial Day
- 1 June, President’s Day
- 9 July, Constitution Day
- 1st Monday in September, Labor Day
- 1 October, Independence Day
- 24 October, United Nations Day
Last Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day
PALAU WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Palau’s climate is hot and humid (average relative humidity is 82%) with mean daily air temperature at around 28°C. There is little season variability in its temperature. The difference between its hottest and its coldest months is 0.8°C approximately. The main wet season is between May and October, with June and August having the largest rainfall. Rainfall can vary between years as a result of El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). El Niño years are drier and La Niña years are on average wetter.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN PALAU
The best time for outdoor activities in Palau is during the drier months from October to April. Note that humidity is high all year round.
BEACH OPTIONS IN PALAU
The best time for relaxing on the beaches of Palau is during the drier months from October to April with the best Scuba Diving season being from December to March. Note that humidity is high all year round.
SURFING IN PALAU
It's not easy to reach the remote destination of Palau, but if you do, there are good waves during the summer months. The most consistent waves can be found around Melekeok (Babelthuap), in particular during August.
KITESURF IN PALAU
The lonely paradise of Palau remains predominantly unexplored by kitesurfers. The wind conditions are not the best in the world but Palau offers some good conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing from mid October to June or July even.
HEALTH RISKS IN PALAU
Be aware of possible health risks in
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.