Koror, the Rock Islands, Babeldaob & Peleliu

  • 2 Weeks

Two weeks in Palau? Lucky you! A fortnight is ideal to sample the many delights of the archipelago, both on land and at sea. You'll be able to explore Koror, the Rock Islands, Babeldaob and Peleliu – the ideal combination.

All trips can be organised from Koror, which makes a convenient base. Koror itself is worth a day or two – the country's biggest city has a couple of excellent museums, a varied restaurant scene and some great shopping options. Devote at least four days (and up to six days if you're a keen diver) to diving, snorkelling and kayaking around the Rock Islands, a 30- to 90-minute boat ride from Koror. The wonderfully quiet island of Babeldaob is next on the itinerary. Settle in for a couple of days at M&A Riverside Beach Bungalows before exploring the island's attractions, which include zip-lining in the jungle, scenic waterfalls and historic sites. Your last port of call should be Peleliu, a peaceful island that is easily reached by boat or plane from Koror. From WWII relics scattered in the jungle to deserted beaches, there's much on offer here, and three to four days is the perfect amount of time to relax into Peleliu's slow vibe. Feeling chilled? Return to Koror and fly home.

Koror & the Rock Islands

  • 3 Days

Ease into Palau's holiday spirit with a stimulating combination of day trips and casual dining. Koror, the country's biggest (and only) city, has excellent tourist infrastructure and will be your hub for this brief sojourn.

A number of reputable operators and dive shops organise tours from Koror, and a snorkelling or dive trip to the Rock Islands is essential. Be sure to take in Jellyfish Lake, a surreal snorkelling site – where else in the world can you suspend yourself amongst thousands of stingless jellyfish? Back in Koror, dine on stylishly prepared fresh seafood in one of the town's many fine restaurants. Avid divers could spend the following day exploring one of the numerous sunken WWII vessels lying close to Koror, while landlubbers could book an off-road driving tour. On the third day, experience Palau's jewel-like natural setting by taking a scenic flight over the Rock Islands. Grab a few souvenirs in Koror before getting to the airport.

Koror, the Rock Islands & Babeldaob

  • 1 Week

One week is fine for a taster of Palau. Because the country is so small and most facilities are in Koror, it's possible to drop your bags in one of Koror's many hotels and make day trips to the Rock Islands and Babeldaob.

Start your trip in Koror by visiting the Etpison Museum and Belau National Museum & Bai for some background on the country. Then make the most of Palau's outdoor adventures by spending a few days diving, snorkelling and kayaking. The icing on the cake: a scenic flight over the surreally beautiful Rock Islands. For a change of scene, book a land tour around Babeldaob, Micronesia's second-largest island, which offers a stunning combination of historic sites and natural wonders, including enigmatic stone monoliths and a smattering of waterfalls.

If you're serious about diving – that's Palau's main draw – you could just spend a week on a live-aboard dive trip to the southern Rock Islands and Peleliu.