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Palau : Paradise of the Pacific

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Palau has become the first country to update its immigration policy and landing procedures to implement such legislation, aimed at preserving its vibrant culture and the beauty of its natural environment for future generations. It also hopes that other countries will follow suit to protect the planet for children worldwide. The name Palau may be derived from the Palauan word for village beluu(Pelew). Respect toward elders and leaders is still pronounced. In particular, the head is considered sacred and should not be touched. Major Christian rituals and holy places are recognized, in addition to indigenous village-based shrines. Fruitbat soup is a commonly referenced Palauan delicacy. Palau’s economy consists primarily of tourism, agriculture, and fishing.

Country’s Motto: Can you continue to welcome tourists while simultaneously protecting your nation from them?

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Palau has created a world-first conservation pledge, stamped in passports for visitors to sign a declaration to protect its environment and culture for the next generation. This compulsory promise is made directly to the children of Palau, to preserve this country, their home. On December 7, 2017, Palau became the first country to update its immigration policy and landing procedures to implement legislation with the goal of preserving Palau’s vibrant culture and the beauty of the natural environment for future generations. The Palau Pledge will be stamped and signed in the passports of every visitor. Children from all over Palau participated in the drafting of the pledge. Pledge requires all the island nation’s visitors to sign—right in their passports—an agreement not to damage or exploit the natural resources as large-scale mass tourism is threatening to destroy its fragile environment, rich in biodiversity.

Palau enjoys a tropical climate all year round with an annual mean temperature of 82°F (28°C). Rainfall can occur throughout the year. The average humidity over the course of the year is 82%, and although rain falls more frequently between July and October, there is still much sunshine. Palau is treated as a US domestic destination for the purposes of postal delivery. Palau’s currency is the US dollar. Credit cards are accepted at many tourist facilities in Koror but often attract a 3% to 5% fee on transactions.

Palau’s Rock Islands were listed as a World Heritage Site in 2012. Many of the 445 uninhabited limestone islands of volcanic origin the southern lagoon have unique mushroom-like shapes, surrounded by turquoise water and coral reefs. The site’s incredible beauty is made even more impressive by the complex reef system, featuring over 385 species of coral as well as a wide array of ecosystems. This is home to a great diversity of plants, birds and marine life, including dugong and at least thirteen shark species.

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Combining skydiving and Palau’s aerial views offers a once in a lifetime experience.

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Skydive Palau offers Tandem skydiving over Palau and the Rock Islands from 12,000’ or 14,000’ ft. Have one of a kind photos and videos of your jump to share with friends and family. Expedition Fleet is known for experienced and professional Dive Masters, and for excellent service on board. Neco Marine is a locally owned and operated tour operator that was also PADIs first dive center on Palau. The official languages of Palau are Palauan and English.

Adventure travel for an educational purpose.

Each year, ten students from the University of Redlands trade their classrooms for kayaks and set off to explore one of the world’s most enchanting Edens – the 340 islands of Palau, they learn about coral reefs, rainforests, traditional culture, and the future sustainability of this island republic. In the process, they develop important insights about their own country and about themselves.

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Palau created the world’s first shark sanctuary in 2009 under the Shark Haven Act of 2009. It effectively protects over 135 Western Pacific shark and ray species, including great hammerheads, leopard sharks, and oceanic whitetip sharks. Although Palau is one of the world’s smallest and youngest nations, the entirety of its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone – the size of France – are now a safe harbor for sharks. Thanks to the same industrial model developed for cars, houses and other consumer goods, mass tourism has exploded since the 1950s and now threatens everything from water supply and beaches

“It is our responsibility to show our guests how to respect our island home, just as it is their duty to uphold the signed pledge when visiting.”

Tommy Remengesau, President of the Republic of Palau.

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