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We're thinking of heading to the Philippines for two weeks in December for a beach break. We're a couple with a three year old. It's long been a dream of mine to go to Palau (since seeing it on Survivor years ago!). We'll be flying into Manila so I'm considering adding on a week in Palau. The flights are pretty pricey $700 return from Manila and the accommodation isn't that cheap either.
Is Palau worth the expense? Is it so much nicer and more special than any of the islands in the Philippines? Jellyfish lake is a big drawcard so obviously that's only available in Palau but in terms of beaches, boat trips etc.
Also, would it be worth having a couple days in Guam? The flight back to Manila connects through Guam for pretty much the whole day so I thought about throwing in an extra night here to make things more interesting.
What is the weather like in palau in September?
I have looked at weather charts and it seems to be fairly consistent in rainfall all year round. I was originally planning a kayaking trip there in November but this is now not possible, so september is the only other time I can go. Should this stop me from going?
Circumstances have temporarily retired me from travelling.
Starting a new journey through cooking various cuisines each week.
First week at random Czech Republic was drawn, easy enough.
Second week Palau. Looking on-line options seem limited or imported.
Just after some traditional recipes, obviously I can't make Fruit Bat Soup.
Does anybody have any suggestions or better still recipes?
hi guys, just wondering whether you could help me? do you have any idea if the deadly manchineel tree grows in palau / micronesia, too? It is the tree that may make you blind if you are under it while raining (it also causes skin blisters). When i was kayaking back there amongst the rock islands, i was told i had to stay off a tree (or shrub) whose name i forgot. I do not even remember what it looks like.
thanks a lot,
Has anyone here ever been on a kayaking expedition in Palau?
I am considering a kayaking trip to palau for 2 or 3 weeks, probably around november/december time. What are paddling conditions like at this time of year? I am a proficient sea kayaker, but I have never paddled anywhere so exposed to the ocean as palau.
Obviously I will be visiting the rock islands, but I'm also considering paddling down to Angaur Island and/or up to Kayangel.
Any tips on where to paddle would be most welcome!
Thanks in advance for your help.
Following are my impressions of Palau as a non-diver (I did some snorkelling, though). I am quite prepared for people to ask me why the f&*%# I even went to Palau when I don’t dive - no offence taken :-) I used the 2006 LP guide.
Palau is to East Asia what the Canary Islands are to Europe: An easily reachable, possibly overrated, and definitely overrun package tourist destination that is pretty but not more. Not every landscape that is pretty or geologically unique passes the threshold of "stunningly beautiful". Bora Bora, Rarotonga and Aitutaki are all prettier, some are cheaper, all are more easily explorable. The Palauans are happy to milk tourists as long as they come. $ 5 for entry to even the most insignificant historical sites, a whopping $ 10 to visit the small museum in Koror, $ 100 for a few minutes at Jellyfish Lake (compare that with fees charged at Petra or Angkor),... more »
Hi - I'm hoping someone here can tell me a little bit about the quality and accessibility of internet in Palau.
I've got a rather important phone call I need to be on during the wee hours of the morning Palau time. Is there fast reliable wifi anywhere that will give skype decent call quality?
http://speedtest.net/ is a one click test for internet speeds.
Before the great Thorn Tree massacre, one poster here inquired about Palau's Red Rooster beer and seemed desperate to get a hand on a bottle. I think he was a collector of beer bottles from around the world. I don't remember how old his post was and I know the change of him still lurking here are slim. But if by some miracle you are reading this you might be interested to hear that I brought two Red Roosters with me from Palau. No bottles any more, only cans. They are full, unopened.
I am looking at going to Palau and staying for about 6 weeks just to dive dive and dive.
Anyone know anywhere where you can get good affordable medium term accomodation for like up to 6 weeks?
Does anyone know if there is a little interisland commuter plane back up and flying over to Peliliu?
Anyone know if an iphone5 can get a nano-sim to work with Palaunet in Palau? Or a micro-sim from Palaunet should work too since it's possible to cut yourself a nano-sim from a micro.
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How can Imget cheap from Hongkong/Manila/KL. or another asian AirPort to Palau?
could someone inform cheap accomodation (preferred bungalow) for 10 days in Palau next february?
Looking around but price are not inviting
Tks in advance
I would like to go to Palau next year in the period between the end of March and the end of May or in November for 2 or 3 weeks. What would be the best time ?
Must diving be expensive around Palau ? Can I just book the flight and search for budget accommodations when I`m there and book the dives seperatly ? What would be the cheapest way ?
Just wondering if anyone knows if I can get back to back camping/kayaking permits for Palau ? Was looking to camp longer than 10 days ;
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