Regions in Palau
the biggest island, with a population of about 6,000 people, as well as Babelthuap, Babelthwap, Babeldoub, Babeldaub, and others
the location of the biggest city of the same name
Jellyfish Lake, a lake containing millions of jellyfish with relatively mild stingers where snorkelers may safely swim, is made up of almost 300 mainly deserted islets.
There are about 700 people living here, the majority of them reside in the hamlet of Kloulklubed.
A isolated southern outpost with approximately 200 residents, the location of a significant WWII naval action, and a reputed modern-day surfing destination.
Consisting of the states of Sonsorol and Hatohobei, these islands are home to approximately 100 people and are located far to the southwest of the rest of Palau.
Cities in Palau
- Melekeok is the new capital (pop. 381) This is located on the island of Babeldaob and is a nice trip from Koror along the new Daewoo road. After crossing the bridge, the route to Melekeok is plainly marked.
- Koror is the biggest city and previous capital of Koror. Koror is the only true concentration of stores, restaurants, and hotels in Palau. Many of the biggest diving operators have their headquarters here as well.
Other destinations in Palau
If you have your own maritime conveyance, such as an ocean-going boat, the South West islands of Palau are worth a visit. Sonsorol, Fana, Meriil, Hatohobei, and Helen Reef are all protected areas. If you visit Meriil, be sure to bring mosquito repellant since its native moniker is dancing island. You’ll find out why if you get there! If you want to visit any of these islands, it is a good idea to see the governors in their offices in Koror. If you’re fortunate, you may be able to take a journey on the Atoll Way, an island supply vessel. Sleeping on a rough wooden platform with other souls who are either returning to their home islands or the doctor from Peleliu island hospital who is making a regular visit to check on the islanders’ health.