Home' A Plus Magazine : December 2013 Contents Where to eat
• Barracuda No-frills fish and beer
hangout by the pier. M Dock Road,
• Drop Off Bar & Grill Specializes in
grilled fresh fish. Main Street, Koror.
• Katey's Healing Garden Popular
vegetarian venue. Airai Hotel Annex,
Koror. 587-3333 .
• Kramer’s Café at Pirates’ Cove
Waterfront location popular with
visitors. Malakal Harbor, Koror.
• Landmark Marina Brazilian
churrascaria in pleasant surroundings.
M Dock Road, Koror. 488-1069.
Where to stay
• Airai Water Paradise Hotel & Spa
Classic hotel recently renovated. Main
Street, Koror. 587-3530.
• Carolines Resort Intimate bungalow
hideaways. Meyungs, Koror. 488-3754
• Palau Pacific Resort Koror’s grande
dame of accommodation. Meyungs,
• Palau Plantation Resort Cosy
cabins, cottages and villas in a verdant
setting. Ngerbeched Hamlet, Koror.
• Palau Royal Resort Luxury digs
operated by Japan’s Nikko Hotels
International. Main Street, Koror.
What to see
• Belau National Museum
Micronesia’s oldest historical
collection. Ngerbeched Hamlet, Koror.
• Mount Ngerchelchuus Sweeping
vistas from the highest point in Palau.
• Ngarchelong Home to many
mysterious stone monoliths.
• Palau Aquarium Small but newly
opened and informative. M Dock
Road, Koror. 488-6950.
• Rock Islands Spectacular limestone
and coral outcrops. Chelbacheb,
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1997. Even the sharks are protected. Palau’s wa-
ters also feature at least 20 shipw recks, mostly
Japanese ships sunk in World War II as well as
American and Japanese fighter planes.
Unlike some countries with protection only
on paper, Palau takes action to preser ve its reefs:
the local prison hosts several convicted poach-
ers of tropical fish as well as thieves – both local
and foreign – who pilfered artefacts from the
Another celebrated feature is Jellyfish Lake
on the island of Eil Malk, one of the Rock Islands,
where visitors can snorkel with non-venomous
freshwater jellyfish. The experience is often de-
scribed as like swimming in a giant lava lamp.
Most of the islands and reefs can be visited
as day trips from Koror. As well as diving, tour
operators offer sea kayaking, sailing, overnight
island camping trips and walking tours.
Not all Palau attractions are under the sea.
The island of Koror features two spectacular wa-
terfalls, Ngardmau waterfall on Palau’s tallest
peak, Mount Ngerchelchuus, and the Ngatpang
waterfall on the Tabecheding River.
Micronesia’s mysterious prehistory can be
seen north of Koror on the island of Babeldaob
w ith its stone monoliths and ancient trails.
To the south of the capital are the islands of
Peleliu and Angaur. Peleliu has a grim recent his-
tory: more than 15,000 men were killed during
fierce fighting in 1944. The jungle vegetation of
Angaur hides numerous w recked U.S. and Japa-
nese tanks and planes.
With Palau being so remote, shopping oppor-
tunities are limited. However, there are many lo-
cal handicrafts, such as intricate woodcarvings
of animals and canoes and storyboards, the car-
r y-on-sized wooden bas-relief depictions of leg-
ends. Another local speciality is hand-pressed
coconut massage oil.
Palau cuisine, of course, revolves mainly
around seafood, but also includes chicken, pork
and root vegetables such as taro, cassava and po-
tatoes. Local dishes include tinola (chicken and
papaya soup) and ulkoy (shrimp and squash frit-
ters). A prized local delicacy is mangrove crab.
Japanese influence has popularized sushi
and sashimi, while tourism has helped Europe-
an, Korean and Chinese restaurants, as well as
American fast-food outlets, to prosper.
The indigenous alcoholic beverage is sakau,
made from the roots of a pepper plant, while dis-
tilled liquor f rom coconut palms is also available.
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a diver exploring a coral reef; coconut palms; Jellyfish
Lake; a Palau Flycatcher on the island of Peleliu
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