Destination of the month - Republic of Palau

April 11, 2016

This month, I flew all the way to Oceania to explore the country of Palau. Palau is located in the Micronesia region which many often confuse Palau a state within Micronesia. However, this is not the case. Micronesia is a region within Oceania and within the Micronesia region consists of several sovereign countries, one being Palau. It is often confused as within the Micronesia region, there is the Federated States of Micronesia (often referred to as Micronesia) which is its own country.

If you are not from Asia, there is a great chance of you not knowing about the existence of this beautiful country. Here, I will list a few highlights of my trip:

 Palau airport

  1. Jellyfish Lake

Jellyfish Lake is located in the island of Eil Malk and it is the only place in the world where you can swim with jellyfish. Believe it or not, these jellyfish do not sting! It has been theorized that these jellyfish have been isolated for such a long period of time without any threats from predators which has led them to evolve with weakened cells.

Jellyfish Lake jellyfish lake palau

  1. Rock Islands

Rock islands consists of hundreds of islands and they are a World Heritage Site. The largest islands within are Negeruktabel, Eil Malk (where jellyfish lake is located), and Ulong. The Rock Islands are the epitome of Palau. You can spend days here just hopping from island to island. What can you do here? Just about everything! Snorkeling, scuba diving, water activities, discover exclusive beaches, BBQ on beaches, short treks, explore bat caves, etc. You will also find a lot of remnants from World War II from both Japanese and American troops. I also had the opportunity of swimming with 20+ wild black tip sharks! It was an unforgettable experience.

rock islands palaubat cave palaurock islands palau black tip shark

I highly urge wanderlusters to explore the Micronesia region as it is still under the radar. People are very nice and friendly. It has the ultimate island vibe - laid back and relaxing with beautiful views surrounded by water. It is the perfect spring break getaway! 

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