Palau is magical. For such a tiny area of land, it packs a huge punch. You will be overwhelmed by Palau’s extraordinary array of natural wonders. It is made up of about 200 mostly pristine limestone and volcanic islands, covered in an emerald forest, and surrounded by a beautiful turquoise lagoon. So of course, diving is the number one activity here, with world class dive sites. Divers affirm that Palau has an exciting seascape, with fascinating wrecks and a stunning marine life, dubbed the underwater Serengeti. When the underwater wonders have finished working their magic on you, there are other adventure options. Kayaking, snorkeling and off-road driving are great, with the added appeal of fantastic settings. And for history buffs there are plenty of WWII relics scattered in the jungle, as well as a handful of well-organized museums in Koror, Palau’s largest town. Our Palau Travel Guide will give you all the information and tools to start planning your vacation to this wonderful place.
Palau Weather (When to Visit)
Being so close to the equator, Palau enjoys a steady warm climate all year round with an average temperature of 86°F. Dry season runs November to April with maximum temperatures of 90°F and lows of 81°F. Humidity is high all year round.
The high season in Palau is December – March. During this time hotels are going to be hard to find, and reserving your hotel early is essential. Hotel prices will be 50% higher than any other time of the year. The seas are calm and the weather is dry. This is the premium time for diving, so dive sites will be crowded. The shoulder season is April, July, August, October and November. During this time you will find great discounts on hotels and availability. The downside is that this when Palau see heavy rainfall. Winds whip up the waves and some dive sites are not accessible. An alternative to the high season is the low season during May, June and September. Hotel prices will be about 30% lower than in high season, and airfares will also be lower flying into Palau. There will be fewer travelers, so dive sites will not be crowded.
Best Palau Beaches
Spiaggia di Porto Faro
Spiaggia di Porto Faro has white sands overlooking the famous archipelago of La Maddalena. Be amazed by stunning views, and crystal blue waters. The water provides excellent visibility for snorkeling, and the flora in these parts is renowned for making this worth the effort. Quiet and mostly unassuming, the beach may be a little busy on weekends, but for those who are flexible, this cove can prove the perfect escape from the more touristy beaches nearby.
Spiaggia Dell Isolotto
The beauty of this beach is immediately obvious from the moment you set eyes on the white sands and crystal blue waters. The beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling with its very calm water. This beach can be surprisingly quiet and an ideal spot to enjoy the sunset. Nearby you can also find a broad range of restaurants which serve authentic Sardinian dishes.
Spiaggia La Sciumara
This beach has fantastic views and clear waters and is located between the colorful village of Palau and Porto Rafael. La Sciumara is accompanied by a low seabed which makes swimming ideal while the nearby islands are easily reached by boat. Spiaggia La Sciumara is perfect for families with children and also provides wheelchair access. The beach also offers visitors a dinghy rental service and the beach is also suited to snorkeling with clear waters full of colorful marine life and flora.
Long Beach Palau
The sand here looks and feels like white velvet and the crystal-clear ocean provides excellent visibility. If you venture into the water, be prepared to see turtles, colorful fish and exotic coral. Adventure-lovers will be in paradise with the endless kayaking, boating and off-roading options this land provides. No matter what your perfect day near the water is, Long Beach Palau will fulfill all of your desires.
Spiaggia di Talmone
This beach is located in Porto Talmone Cuncato. It is a cove of white limestone cliffs and the water incredibly transparent. It is a small protected bay shaped like a half moon surrounded by low vegetation and breathtaking views. The beach does not offer services.
Best Palau Tours & Activities by Viator
Full Day Scuba Dive Tour
They offer a one of a kind experience that ensures your dive and island vacation in Palau is as carefree and convenient as possible. From their season veteran dive and crew to their high performance gear, equipment and boats, you will be guaranteed the best available on island. Learn more about the Full Day Dive Tour.
Jellyfish Lake, Milky Way Beach and Rock Island Tour
Explore the natural beauty of Palau on this flexibly-timed adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, head to Neco Marine, meet your guide and get fitted with equipment. Then sail to the emerald isles of Palau’s Southern Lagoon for magnificent beaches, an underwater adventure, and a rejuvenating stop at the “Milky Way.” Learn more about the Jellyfish Lake, Milky Way Beach and Rock Island Tour.
Half-Day Stand Up Paddle Board Tour
Enjoy Stand Up paddle boarding through the islands with our local expert staff. Mandatory State Permits are not included. Learn more about the Half-Day Stand Up Paddle Board Tour.
Off-Road Small-Group Jungle Driving Adventure with Lunch
Explore the Palau rainforest on an adventurous ATV tour, driving a rugged vehicle that can take you deep into the landscape where traditional tour vehicles can’t reach. Following a local through a maze of muddy tracks, you’ll pause to swim in a jungle waterfall, search for birds and wildlife, and discover carnivorous plants on foot before tracing a rough path back out of the rain forest. Learn more about the Off-Road Jungle Driving Adventure.
Palau Big Island Adventure
Experience Palau’s rich and unique culture and history on our Big Island tour. Our tour encompasses the major natural, historical and cultural landmarks of Palau’s big island, Babeldaob. Be sure to bring your hiking gear and towels for this adventure. Learn more about the Palau Big Island Adventure.
Best Palau Restaurants
Drop Off Bar & Grill $11 – 30
The Drop Off has a great selection of fish delivered daily from the harbour, including blue marlin, yellowfin tuna and red snapper. It’s also known for its knockout burgers, kebabs (skewers) and sashimi. The open-air terrace overlooking the marina is perfect for enjoying the cool, ocean breezes. Even if you aren’t dining, it’s a great place to pause for a drink. Telephone: 680 488 7505 Web: Drop Off Bar & Grill
Elilai Restaurant & Bar $31 – 60
Currently the best spot in the city for real gourmet cuisine, Elilai has achieved a fantastic reputation thanks to its painstakingly constructed menu featuring Palauan and Asian dishes with a contemporary twist. Start with fabulous local crustaceans – the ukaeb (Palauan land crab) is succulent – then dig into a mangrove clam risotto, grilled tuna, or pork ribs, all beautifully presented. There are vegetarian options, too. Telephone: 680 488 8866 Web: Elilai Restaurant & Bar
Katey’s Healing Garden $11 – 30
Delicious food, healthy ingredients, a serene setting and cracking views from the terrace – if you’re after an authentic Palauan experience, this place is hard to beat. The charismatic owner is committed to using traditional recipes based on local, organic produce. There’s also first-rate coffee and vitamin-packed fruit juices. Telephone: 680 488 2200 Web: Katey’s Healing Garden
Krämers Bar & Restaurant $11 – 30
This popular restaurant next to the ferry dock on Malakal Island is great, thanks to its breezy verandah with great bay views, eclectic menu and jovial atmosphere. Dishes on offer might include blackened sashimi, BBQ banana-wrapped fish, and pumpkin schnitzel (a delicious vegetarian dish). The bar here is a lively meet-and-greet zone and stays open until 2am. Telephone: 608 488 8448 Web: Krämers Bar & Restaurant
The Taj $11 – 30
One of the most reputable restaurants in town, the Taj serves authentic, richly flavoured korma, curry and tandoori dishes, all prepared with the best ingredients available. Tandoori chicken is brought to your table impaled on what looks like a short sword. A good selection of vegetarian options also grace the menu. Crisp, elegant and fresh food, served by lovely sari-clad staff. Telephone: 608 488 2227 Web: The Taj