Palau

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Additional Information
Capital Ngerulmud, Melekeok
Currency USD
Timezone Pacific/Palau
Total States 16
Airport City Palau International Airport,
Ruling Type Government
Offical Languages English, Palaun,
National Animal Palau fruit dove
Food Pichi-Pichi, Ulkoy, Halo-halo
Seasons Autumn  : Apr - Dec
Summer : Dec - Apr
Winter     : Jul - Nov
Sprint      : Apr - May


Destination



1 ) Koror
Popular - Lake     Location - Koror, -Koror, -Palau

The state of Koror (population 14,000 as of 2004) contains about 70% of the population of the country. The nation's former capital and largest town, also called Koror or Koror City, is located here. The town has a population of 11,200 and is located at 7°20′32″N 134°28′38″ECoordinates: 7°20′32″N 134°28′38″E. On 7 October 2006, Ngerulmud replaced Koror as Palau's capital city.

The first sighting of Koror, Babeldaob, and Peleliu recorded by Westerners was by the Spanish expedition of Ruy López de Villalobos at the end of January, 1543. They were then charted as Los Arrecifes (The Reefs in Spanish). In November and December 1710 these three islands were again visited and explored by a Spanish missionary expedition commanded by Sargento Mayor Francisco Padilla on board the patache Santísima Trinidad. Two years later they were explored in detail by the expedition of Spanish naval officer Bernardo de Egoy. In 1919 it became the capital of the South Pacific Mandate.


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Festival

1 ) International Photo Festival

Festival Month - March

Held during March, the International Photo Festival has featured on the Palau calendar since 2002. This underwater photography festival lures many world-renowned nature photographers to the archipelago each year. Most dive shops around Palau are invited to the event, so tourists need only make reservations with local dive operators to enjoy this festival.


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2 ) Palau Challenge – Belau Triathlon

Festival Month - December

The island of Koror is home to the Palau Challenge, which is organized by the Belau Triathlon Federation. It is an exciting and popular event that has been held for about five years. It includes several disciplines and races, including open ocean swimming, a triathlon, and cycling events. The program is open to anyone fit enough to enjoy the beauty of Palau via a long and arduous triathlon. It occurs on December 1 and December 2 annually.


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3 ) Christmas

Festival Month - December

Like all other Christian nations around the globe, Christmas is celebrated in Palau on December 25. Tourists will be able to enjoy a wide range of festivities leading up to this magnificent day, especially around the many churches in Palau. Following Christmas comes New Year’s Eve, which is a fun yet expensive time on the islands.


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