Travel Guide Oceania Micronesia Palau Koror

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Introduction

Koror is Palau's largest town and a former capital. It is located on Koror Island in the state of Koror. It has a population of approximately 11,000.

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Sights and Activities

  • Belau National Museum
  • Palau International Coral Reef Center, ☎ +680 488 6950, e-mail: picrc@picrc.org. A small aquarium with a handful of open air habitat exhibits and a single room of aquariums with various local aquatic life. Some saltwater crocodiles can be seen in a cage just outside the main entrance. The entire place is easily seen in 30-60 minutes. Admission is $7 for adults.
  • Diving in the state of Koror is one of the most spectacular experiences to go through. A popular place is near the Rock Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Dolphins Pacific, the world's largest dolphin research facility, is open for tourists who are interested in swimming and interacting with trained dolphins.

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Events and Festivals

Earth Day

Earth Day, which falls on April 22 each year, is a magnificent celebration of Mother Nature. It is celebrated around the world, but with Palau’s heavy reliance on a healthy Mother Nature, the island hold this day in high regard. There are always plenty of awareness campaigns and Koror becomes an even greater buzz than it usually is.

Constitution Day

This day is celebrated across Palau. Although most of the festivities are found in the city of Koror and the capital district known as Ngerulmud, the entire country experiences a holiday on this day. Constitution Day, which falls on July 9 each year, commemorates the signing of the Nuclear-free Constitution in 1981.

Independence Day

After many years of civil unrest, Palau finally experienced peace after becoming independent on October 1, 1994. Independence Day is celebrated throughout the country on this day every year. It is both a working and school holiday. Most of the activities and performances on this day are found in the largest city of Palau, Koror.

Thanksgiving

Palau boasts a very American culture, and therefore many North American holidays are celebrated on the islands. However, one of the most famous holidays held during the year is Thanksgiving. This food-filled event, celebrated on the last Thursday in November, is well catered for across the country. However, most of the local restaurants and dining options that serve Thanksgiving meals are found on the islands around Koror.

Palau Challenge – Belau Triathlon

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.

Christmas

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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Getting There

By Plane

Palau International Airport (international code: ROR), also known as Roman Tmetuchl International Airport or Babelthuab Koror Airport, is located about 10 kilometres from Koror and has direct connections to Guam, Taipei, Seoul, Manila, and several other places.

Pacific Flier is a new airline serving Palau from early 2010. Destinations include Brisbane, Tokyo, Guam and Clark airport near Manila. Continental Micronesia Airlines (subsidiary of Continental Airlines) flies daily from Guam and Manila to Koror. There are also flights to and from Yap in Micronesia.

Asian Airlines and Korean Air have charter flights to Seoul, while China Airlines has charter flights to Taiwan.

Belau Air flies to and from Peleliu, an island within the nation of Palau.

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Getting Around

There are three primary methods of getting around Koror: Rental cars, taxis, and the BBI shuttle. Walking may be an option for some, but most of the large resorts are located well outside the main shopping/dining area of Koror.

There are car rental terminals at the airport, as well as rental desks at some of the large resorts. Palauans drive on the right side of the road, though many of the cars are imported from Japan and have steering wheels on the right. Traffic tends to move very slowly throughout Koror, as the speed limits are low and speed bumps are sprinkled liberally throughout the city. Although the traffic flow varies throughout the day, the volume is light enough that there are no traffic signals in Koror.

Koror has a sufficient number of taxis, though they can be difficult to find if you are out walking around. It's usually easiest to ask the hotel concierge or even your waiter/waitress to call one for you. The taxis here are not metered, but rather have a fixed rate sheet based on your starting and ending points. A taxi ride from the far-flung Palau Pacific Resort into the heart of Koror costs $6-8, depending on exactly where you're getting dropped off.

In the evenings the BBI shuttle service is also an option. It operates roughly between 5:00-10:00pm, with two shuttles plying the same route in opposite directions. The shuttles stop at the two major resorts, Palau Pacific Resort and Palau Royal Resort, and cover the entire stretch of the main street through downtown Koror. Shuttle tickets cost $7 per person and are good for a week. The shuttles follow a timeline and schedules are easily obtained when you purchase your ticket. The larger resorts sell tickets right at the hotel.

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Eat

  • Yano's Market. Try the Beef steamed in Titiml leaves (a local plant that is often confused with Basil), Clams cooked in Coconut, local Kangkun vegetables stir fried with onions and garlic.
  • Penthouse. Try the fruitbat cooked in coconut if you are adventurous. Otherwise, the creamy taro leaf soup with coconut, local fish soup (which you can also have for breakfast with fried garlic rice), mangrove crabs in spicy sauce, grilled prawns and baked lobster with garlic butter are all must tries. This restaurant also has an excellent in-house bakery.
  • The Rock Island Cafe, located on the south end of the main strip in Koror (past the court house) is an excellent home town cafe-style eatery. Their portions are large and their prices are reasonable (the bread sticks are a personal favorite). Do note that the Rock Island Cafe is run by Seventh-Day Adventist, so it is closed Friday 6:00pm to Saturday 6:00pm
  • Taj, found in the center of the main strip, right across from the jail, is a popular Indian eatery. The menu options and prices trend upscale, but the atmosphere is laid back, including outdoor patio seating, and many diners come dressed in very casual attire befitting Koror's tropical climate.
  • Drop Off Bar & Grill, located well south of the main strip near Neco Marine and the Palau Royal Resort, is a casual outdoor restaurant on the water offering up seafood and other pub fare. Though the bar area and its couple of TVs have a roof overhead, some of the seating is pretty exposed, so check the weather before heading here for dinner. As it is located next to one of the dive centers it is popular with divers and tends to be fairly busy in the afternoon when all the dive boats come back.
  • Bottom Time Bar & Grill is off the beaten path and located inside Sam's dive center. It is a very casual place with typical pub fare and views of the water. Given its location at the dive center, it gets crowded and loud in the late afternoon when the dive boats return.

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Drink

  • SLC. A locals bar where foreigners are warmly welcomed. With a patio perched on the edge of one of the rock islands and live bands most weekends, its a good place to spend a Friday or Saturday evening. Located on the outskirts of Koror, you'll need a cab which shouldn't set you back more than $10 to get from and to central Koror or PPR.

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Sleep

  • West Plaza Hotels. With 4 locations around Koror are excellent value for money and their locations are hard to beat. Their Downtown location is probably the most conveniently located, though is a bit oddly laid out (though its rooms are medium/large and quite comfortable). Their Desekel location is also quite central, newer and off the main street. Their other locations are also more or less centrally located (within 20-ish minutes walk of central Koror).
  • Cliffside Hotel is just outside of Koror but offers a free ride into town if you request it. It is a cheaper alternative to the near-by Palau Pacific Resort (PPR), and offers free access to the PPR's private strip of beach. It is owned by the Neco tour company, and the staff will be happy to help you book a dive tour if you wish. The restaurant is good and it has its own pool along with access to the pools at the PPR.
  • Palau Pacific Resort is located just outside of Koror city, it is the top luxury hotel in Palau with a pool, a restaurant, free wi-fi and its own private strip of beach. Lovely rooms, great views, and a wonderful staff.
  • Cove Resort Palau, ☎ +680 488 4333. Houses 71 rooms and three suites with Sealy Deluxe mattresses and amenities like 48-inch flat-screen TVs, stocked minibars and room service. Resort features include complimentary international daily buffet breakfast, the largest lagoon pool in Palau, a relaxed cocktail bar, onsite dining at The Hungry Marlin Restaurant and Bar and concierge assistance offering custom dive and rock island tours and dolphin encounters.

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Keep Connected

Phone

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 7.341944
  • Longitude: 134.479167

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