between Guam, The Philippines and Papua New Guinea,
Palau is an archipelago which is more than 640km (400
miles) long. The jewels of Palau are its 200 Rock Islands,
densely forested limestone islets of varying sizes and
unique geography makes it a divers' mecca. Three major
ocean currents converge there, funneling a wide variety
of marine life: 700 corals and anemones, 1,500 kinds
of reef and pelagic fish, rare chambered nautilus and
giant tridacna clams that are commonly over four feet
long and weigh a quarter-ton.
Moreover, Palau Lagoon encloses dozens of World War
II shipwrecks, coral reefs, blue holes, giant undersea
tunnels, stalactite-filled caves and over 60 vertical
Because of the diversity and density of the marine life
and the topography of the islands, Palau is regarded
as one of the best dive sites in the world.
Average Visibility: 100+ ft.
Water Temperature: 82F
Diving and Accommodations
P.O. Box 142
Fish 'n Fins offers the best and safest tour and
Scuba diving services in Palau since 1972. Fast
boats, local and international guides with marine
biology background. Diving Palau famous sites
and our own secret places. PADI dive courses.
Complete technical dive center. Daily SCUBA Diving
tours to see sharks at Blue Corner, Manta Rays
at German Channel, Ulong Channel, Peleliu and
more. Snorkeling, Rock Islands tour, Jellyfish
Lake, Kayaking, SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) and
P.O. Box 964
Ocean Hunter I has been Palau's most exclusive
liveaboard since 1993. With only 6 divers onboard,
guests experience a unique and personal opportunity
to explore the pristine reefs of Palau. Ocean
Hunter III is Palau's most luxurious liveaboard,
and our new addition to the Ocean Hunter fleet,
accommodating 16 divers.
trips for non-divers: Snorkeling, Rock Islands,
Jellyfish Lake, Kayaking, SUP (Stand Up Paddle
Boarding), Family trips (kids are welcome!), WWII
sites, Fishing and Scientific Research.
Palau International Airport (ROR) is Palau's only international
airport. Located in the Airai State which is about thirty
minute drive to Koror State, former capitol of the Republic
of Palau. A gateway to the scenic Rock Islands, Koror
State is where most accommodations, tour operators and
business establishments are located.
Times and Distances to Palau
The following list contains times and distances to Palau
from Main Points of Departure:
From / Distance (statute miles) / Flying Time
Honolulu / 4609 / 8:45
Guam / 813 / 1:45
Manila / 1041 / 2:35
Tokyo / 2394 / 4:25
Taipei / 2533 / 4:55
Seoul / 2804 / 5:35
Los Angeles / 7161 / 13:55
New York / 9612 / 18:55
Airlines Serving Palau
of the hotels and resorts in Palau provide airport pick
up, but please request this service when you make your
reservations with the hotel of your choice, before you
arrive in Palau.
Customs / Immigrations
All visitors must have a valid passport not less than
6 months from date of expiration and proof of return
are NOT required. 30-days Tourist Visa will be issued
upon arrival and may be extended within 7 days in advance
with approval of the Chief of Immigration for a fee
of US$50.00 before expiration date of the visa. (Note:
Maximum of 90 days: 30 days upon arrival plus 2 extensions
at US$50.00 fee per extension. After which visitors
must exit the country).
of United States of America, Federated States of Micronesia,
Republic of the Marshall Islands, Guam, and the Common
Wealth of Northern Marianas Islands with valid passports
are issued 1 year Visa upon arrival.
One bottle of liquor and up to 1 carton of cigarettes
(10 packs) can be brought into Palau duty-free. Importation
of controlled substances and weapons are strictly prohibited
and any traveler in possession of any controlled substances
will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law of
the Republic of Palau.
A US$15.00 Protected Area Network "Green Fee"
is collected upon departure in addition to US$20.00
Departure Tax, totalling US$35.00 payable upon departure.
The "Green Fee" helps support Palau's natural
resource conservation efforts.
rentals are available upon arriving at the Palau International
Airport or at their various offices in downtown Koror.
The prices vary depending on the size of the cars and
Visitors are allowed to drive in Palau for 30 days with
their home country's driver's license. Driving is on
the right and the speed limit is a doddering 25mph (40k/h).
are readily available. Taxis are equipped with a rate
sheet for each destination, please be sure to ask for
the rate sheet before using service. It is possible
to make transportation arrangements directly with the
taxi driver should you wish to retain their services
during the duration of your stay. Many hotels and businesses
can assist you in contacting a taxi on their premises.
Palau enjoys a pleasantly warm climate all year round
with an annual mean temperature of 82° degrees F.
(27° C.). Rainfall can occur throughout the year,
and the annual average is 150 inches. The average relative
humidity is 82%, and although rain falls more frequently
between July and October, there is still much sunshine.
Typhoons are rare as Palau is located outside the typhoon
Palau has three private medical clinics and a public
hospital. A modern recompression chamber is available
and staffed by certified operators. The hospital emergency
number is 488-2558 and the ambulance number is 488-1411.
Police emergency number is 911.
Palau's water is generally safe to drink, and bottled
water is available in most markets.
Worldwide telephone, facsimile, International Direct
Dialing, Cellular Phone, Internet services (Dialup and
DSL), and operator assisted dialing services are available.
Phone cards are available at PNCC Offices and calls
can be made from most hotels in Koror.
Beer, wine and spirits are readily available and sold
to anyone over 21 years of age.
The official currency of the Republic is the U.S. Dollar.
Visa, JCB, Master Card, and American Express cards are
widely accepted at stores and visitor facilities. There
are FDIC insured banks and major hotels with limited
foreign currency exchange. In addition, Palau has money
transfers such as Western Union or through Bank Institution.
Tipping is optional, but appreciated.