What to prepare to go to Palau

Going To Palau

Flights to Palau land at Airai, or Palau International Airport, which serves direct flights from Babeldaob to Guam, Seoul, Taipei and Manila. Tokyo-Narita has also been added to that list fairly recently, allowing connecting flights to many Asia-wide destinations and US cities. Chartered flights are available through various operators. A cruise to Palau would call at Malakal Harbour on the island of Malakal.

Accommodation in Palau

Palau offers accommodation options aplenty, no matter whether you intend to save or splurge. Palau hotels and resorts can be found in Koror, where you can find budget to luxury options with private views of the beach – like Palau Pacific Resort. For a more homely, minimalistic vibe, consider homestays or guest lodges that provide meals on your request. Some of these may not be near or within Koror and may be booked through holiday packages from dive shops.

Getting around Palau

Palau has no railways and not all its highways are paved. Nonetheless, Koror is easily navigable by bus and cab. Taxis are common but not metered, so do check the rates and prepare to negotiate with your driver if necessary. Car rentals in Palau are also available so do note that driving is on the right. Private boats and domestic airlines serve as the main modes of transportation for travelling between islands.

Palau Currency

The US Dollar is used as the official currency and many hotels and tourist facilities allow limited foreign currency exchange. It is also worth noting that tipping is optional but appreciated.

Entry Requirements

Most travellers arriving by air from the countries served by Palau International Airport must possess a current passport with sufficient validity, as well as a return airline ticket to Palau. Citizens of the US are not required to produce a visa, while almost all other visitors can get a free 30-day tourism visa upon arrival.

Palau Weather & Climate

With an annual average temperature of 27°C, Palau’s tropical warmth is part of its appeal. Rainfall occurs intermittently throughout the year but more so during the July to October period. Typhoons are rare due to Palau being outside the typhoon zone.