Everything you should know
before Traveling to PALAU

18 May 2022
Capital: Ngerulmud
Currency: United States Dollar
Official Language: Palauan, English
Dial Code: +680
Emergency Number: 911
GDP: 300 million USD (2018)
Population: 17,907
Time Zone: UTC+9 Palau Time
TheSassyBlogger Flag: It is said to give the local people “a feeling of warmth, tranquility, peace, love and domestic unity.” The background of the flag is not, as might be expected, a symbol of the Pacific Ocean; rather, it refers to “the final passage of the foreign administering authority from our land.”

PALAU is Known for:

1. Shark Sanctuary
There are over 130 different species of shark in Palau, and diving with them is an increasingly popular attraction. Many conservationists are hoping that other countries will be inspired by Palau's decision. Head to the aptly named dive site Shark City and the Big Drop Off for a chance to scuba alongside them.
2. The first western visitors
In 1783, Henry Wilson, an English naval captain of the British East India Company, was shipwrecked on along Island with his crew. They lived there for several months and were treated kindly by the Palauan's who traded their bananas and food for the sailors' cigarettes and whisky. They formed a strong friendship and worked together to rebuild the shipwrecked boat. When they returned to England, an alliance was formed and Britain became Palau's main trading partner.
3. Beautiful WWII stronghold
Originally built by the Germans, the 100-year old lighthouse was taken and improved by Japanese engineers who put cannons and anti-aircraft guns around the site. Nowadays, it is a popular spot for its spectacular views and the tropical birds who nest by the lighthouse.

Best Food that you should taste once:
1. Fruit Bat Soup
Fruit bat soup is a Palau delicacy made with small fruit bats who reside in forested areas at the top of trees. They consume nectar, flowers, and wild fruits, helping with the distribution of seeds during the process. The bats' diet of flowers and fruits also results in their meat being sweeter than the meat of other bats.
2. Tama
Tama is a Palauan specialty made with eggs, milk, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. The batter is typically flavored with vanilla, then fried in hot oil until it browns. This tasty fritter usually has a spherical shape and is characterized by a sweet flavor, a soft and spongy interior, and a crunchy, crispy layer on the outside.
3. Ulkoy
Ulkoy are deep-fried Palauan shrimp and squash fritters with a crunchy texture. In Palau, they are a national favorite along with being a delicious treat for the tourists. These fritters are usually additionally flavored with a zesty Creole seasoning, salt, cayenne pepper, and freshly chopped parsley leaves.

Best Places to visit:
1. Koror
Koror City (KAW-rawr) is the largest city and its commercial center in Palau, home to about half of the country's population, located on Oreor Island. During the interwar period it served as the capital of the South Seas Mandate, a group of islands that made up the League of Nations mandated territory held by the Empire of Japan. It was subsequently the capital of Palau until it was replaced by Ngerulmud in 2006.
2. Ngerulmud
Ngerulmud is a city and the capital of Palau. It replaced Koror City, Palau's largest city, as capital in 2006. The settlement is located in the state of Melekeok on Babeldaob, the country's largest island, located 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Koror City and 2 km (1 mile) northwest of Melekeok City. It is the least-populous capital city in the world.
3. Airai
Airai, located on the southern coast of Babeldaob island, is the second-most populous state of Palau. It contains the country's chief airport, Roman Tmetuchl International Airport, and is connected by the Koror–Babeldaob Bridge to nearby Koror Island.
4. Peleliu
Peleliu is an island in the island nation of Palau. Peleliu, along with two small islands to its northeast, forms one of the sixteen states of Palau. The island is notable as the location of the Battle of Peleliu in World War II.
5. Ngaraard
Ngaraard is the eighth state of the Republic of Palau, and was originally named Kerradel. Ngaraard is situated near the northern end of Babeldaob island where the land thins to a narrow neck before expanding at the border with Ngerchelong.

Best Season to visit
December to March- The best Palau Diving Season is from December to March. During these months, diving Palau is usually at its best, with calm, warm water and less rain. But every upside has a downside, during these months, hotels are usually a little pricier and dive sites a bit busier.

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