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The 5 Pillars of a Perfect Palau Vacation

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The 5 Pillars of a perfect Palau Dive & Adventure Vacation

If you are planning a trip to the Republic of Palau this blog is going to be the most important and complete source of information you will find on the internet.

The following 5 Pillars of your perfect Palau Dive & Adventure Trip will leave no questions unanswered on how to get to Palau - the best Palau Hotel or Resort you can book with your Palau Dive & Adventure Package Deal - the best flight connection to Palau - the best time to visit and dive Palau - best activities you need to experience in Palau and last but not least taking photos, videos and using your drone in Palau.

For any additional questions leave us a comment in the box below and we’ll respond visibly to all interested readers. We are Palau’s Dive & Adventure Specialist and here to help you plan the best Palau experience possible. If you have inquiries to hotels and resorts and their prices please email us - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Table of Content

Pillar 1 - find the Best Price Hotel - Resort Dive Package Deal Palau
Pillar 2 - find the best flight to Palau Micronesia
Pillar 3 - Choose the best timing for your Palau Vacation
Pillar 4 - Enhance your Stay with The best activities Palau has to offer
Pillar 5 - check if you can take Photos, videos, and use your drone

Pillar 1 - Book the perfect Dive & Adventure Hotel & Resort Package Deal

Palau Pacific Resort - Luxury Dive Package

Palau Pacific Resort (Palau Pacific Resort Google Map) is the most luxurious resort in Palau and attracts visitors with the taste for excellence. Nested in a tropical garden the resort offers about 160 high-end accommodations from "simple" Garden & Ocean View Rooms to opulent Overwater Bungalows with butler service.

3 on-site restaurants, pool and a fantastic beach with views of Ulong Island and the surrounding hills of Meyuns Island complete the 5-star resort experience.

Palau Pacific Resort and Fish 'n Fins Palau have been inseparable partners for many years due to their dedication to upscale service and impeccable quality. Curious to learn more? Check out reviews on Tripadvisor and Google Reviews.

Palau Pacific Resort Photo Collage

Stay at Palau Pacific Resort and avail our - Dive Palau - Best Price Dive & Adventure Packages starting at US$ 2,370.00 for 7 Nights and 5 dive days including breakfast, 5 dive days, weights, weight belt, bento lunch, boat, guide and NITROX 32 for all Nitrox certified divers.

Palau High-End Resorts with Private Beach

The two best choices in the class Palau hotels & resorts with beach are the Palau Royal Resort and the Sea Passion Hotel, both with private beach and both in Malakal only a short distance from Fish 'n Fins dive & adventure center.

Palau Royal Resort

Palau Royal Resort (Palau Royal Resort Google Map) with its 160 rooms is a member of the Japanese Nikko Hotel Group. It offers all the amenities you could wish for. The resort features one restaurant, 2 bars, pool, fitness room, kids playroom, meeting & event space, SPA, ground golf, and tennis court. Furthermore, if I recall correctly, there is Yoga twice a week at the pool terrace.
As with Palau Pacific Resort, Fish 'n Fins enjoys a long-standing business relationship with Palau Royal Resort. Fish 'n Fins and Palau Royal Resort have been working hand in hand for many years to exceed guest expectations of excellent value for money. Curious to learn more? Check out reviews on Tripadvisor and Google Reviews.

Palau Royal Resort Photo Collage

Stay at Palau Royal Resort and avail one of our - Dive Palau - Best Price Dive & Adventure Packages starting at US$ 1,835.00 for 7 Nights and 5 dive days including breakfast, 5 dive days, weights, weight belt, bento lunch, boat, guide and NITROX 32 for all Nitrox certified divers.

Sea Passion Hotel

Sea Passion Hotel (Sea Passion Hotel Google Map) is one of my personal favorites - this hotel is a rather cozy place with only 74 rooms. The rooms at Sea Passion Hotel are spacious and offer amazing views of the surrounding Rock Islands - the private beach is unbelievably cute and seems to be embedded in the rock islands - making sure that days spent on the private hotel beach offer beautiful snorkeling right from the beach and produce the most amazing vacation pictures.

All rooms feature "open" bathrooms and free drinking water for all guests. The in house restaurant provides authentic Chinese cuisine. Sea Passion Hotel is only 120 meters from Fish 'n Fins and Barracuda Mediterranean Restaurant for guests who prefer western high-end cuisine and vegetarian & vegan dishes. Curious to learn more? Check out reviews on Tripadvisor and Google Reviews.

Sea Passion Hotel Palau Photo Collage

Stay at Sea Passion Hotel Palau and avail one of our - Dive Palau - Best Price Dive & Adventure Packages starting at US$ 1,198.00 for 7 Nights and 5 dive days including breakfast, 5 dive days, weights, weight belt, bento lunch, boat, guide and NITROX 32 for all Nitrox certified divers.

High-End Resorts with Amazing Pools

The Cove Resort Palau

The winner in this class is without question The Cove Resort Palau (The Cove Resort Palau Google Map). This newly built 70 rooms resort is close to Palau Royal Resort, Sea Passion Resort, and Fish 'n Fins Dive & Adventure Center in Malakal, Palau.
The rooms are very spacious and feature fantastic bathrooms. The breakfast buffet offers everything you'd expect and transforms Sunday's into a venue for Palau's most visited brunch - with very affordable pricing and live entertainment. Palau's biggest pool does not only invite swimming and sunbathing, but it is also the perfect place for a sunset cocktail after a day of diving and adventure - I personally love the resort's cheesecake - the BEST in all of Palau ;-) Curious to learn more? Check out reviews on Tripadvisor and Google Reviews.

Cove Resort Palau Photo Collage

Stay at The Cove Resort Palau and avail one of our - Dive Palau - Best Price Dive & Adventure Packages starting at US$ 1,738.00 for 7 Nights and 5 dive days including breakfast, 5 dive days, weights, weight belt, bento lunch, boat, guide and NITROX 32 for all Nitrox certified divers.

Your Perfect Palau Budget Dive & Adventure Package

If you do not wish to spend more than absolutely necessary on your accommodation but are looking for a nice budget hotel the following hotels in town are what you should book for your dive and adventure vacation.

Palau Hotel Koror

One of our absolute best sellers is Palau Hotel Koror (Palau Hotel Koror Google Map) - a 40 rooms property in a central location in Koror - Palau Hotel Koror is literally steps away from Koror's two main shopping malls and numerous restaurants and is our most booked budget option. Palau Hotel Koror offers very cozy rooms with private bathroom and free toiletries. The breakfast room is very cozy and inviting. Breakfast itself simple and nice. A stay at Palau Hotel is your fit if you are looking for a budget solution and/or a hotel in the center of Koror with lots of surrounding amenities.
Curious to learn more? Check out reviews on Tripadvisor and Google Reviews.

Palau Hotel Koror Photo Collage

Stay at Palau Hotel Koror and avail one of our - Dive Palau - Best Price Dive & Adventure Packages starting at US$ 1,235.00 for 7 Nights and 5 dive days including breakfast, 5 dive days, weights, weight belt, bento lunch, boat, guide and NITROX 32 for all Nitrox certified divers.

Palasia Hotel Koror

A step up from Palau Hotel and a few steps away from it is the more cosmopolitan Palasia Hotel Koror (Palasia Hotel Koror Google Map). A property featuring about 160 city and bay view rooms, an in house duty-free shopping center, café, bar, and restaurant. Groups and seminars find space in several executive board and seminar rooms. Palasia Hotel Koror also offers an outdoor pool, a SPA and Palau's best-equipped fitness center.
A stay at Palasia Hotel is perfect for larger groups, shopping enthusiasts :-) and people who love to be in town and free to walk about restaurants and shop once back from their daily adventure tours.
Curious to learn more? Check out reviews on Tripadvisor and Google Reviews.

Palasia Hotel Koror Palau Photo Collage

Stay at Palasia Hotel Koror and avail one of our - Dive Palau - Best Price Dive & Adventure Packages starting at US$ 1,440.00 for 7 Nights and 5 dive days including breakfast, 5 dive days, weights, weight belt, bento lunch, boat, guide and NITROX 32 for all Nitrox certified divers.

Ocean Star Hotel Koror

And last but not least Fish ’n Fins Palau offers Best Price Dive & Adventure Packages with Ocean Star Hotel (Ocean Star Hotel Koror Google Map). The hotel is located at T-Dock, maybe 5 minutes walk from the center of Koror with Shopping Malls and Restaurants. The property is small with only 31 rooms. The rooms are very very nice and provide some of Palau’s BEST value for money. Ocean Star Hotel rooms are spacious with fantastic bathrooms and great balconies and terraces, depending on the room category you book.
It is built right by the water and has no beach, but has a nice BBQ area next to the ocean - of all our budget hotels Ocean Star Hotel offers the highest standard of accommodations. So, if you want to keep costs reasonably low and don’t mind walking a couple of minutes to Koror center the Ocean Star Hotel is a match for you. Curious to learn more? Check out reviews on Tripadvisor and Google Reviews.

Ocean Star Hotel Koror Palau Photo Collage

Stay at Ocean Star Hotel Koror and avail one of our - Dive Palau - Best Price Dive & Adventure Packages starting at US$ 1,160.00 for 7 Nights and 5 dive days including breakfast, 5 dive days, weights, weight belt, bento lunch, boat, guide and NITROX 32 for all Nitrox certified divers.

All the above hotels and resorts are suitable for single travelers, couples and families.
For families traveling with 2 or more children, we'd recommend having a look at our Family Package Deals - especially created and priced for the needs and budgets of families with kids.

Pillar 2 - How to get to Palau and the best flights to Palau

Planning your flight to Palau is as easy as clicking one of the following links to airlines servicing Palau and following their online booking instructions. In this blog post, I will give you some tips on how to save time with your airline booking to Palau and describe in detail on how to book your airfare to Palau.

Coming from the Americas to Palau you have the following options.

Take United Airlines and fly from Huston, San Francisco or Los Angeles via Hawaii and Guam on to Palau

Flight times are about 6 hours from Los Angeles LAX to Hawaii - from Honolulu to Guam about 7:50 hours to Guam and on to Palau for about 2 hours flight time.

Another way would be to take any flight available to Tokyo, Japan and fly from there via United Airlines to Guam and Palau.

The third option, one that I like personally very much, enjoying the service of China Airlines, would be flying with China Airlines from Los Angeles to Taipeh, Taiwan and from there to Palau.
If you wish to search the United Website for the availability of a route go to.

United Airlines Flights to Palau

Coming from Australia

Best flight connection is hands down with China Airlines directly from Sydney to Taipeh and Palau.

Coming from Asia

Coming from Manila, the Philippines take United Airlines twice a week.
Coming from Taipeh, Taiwan take China Airlines three times a week
Coming from Tokyo, Japan take United Airlines - flights are daily
Coming from Seoul, Korea - take Asiana Airlines …

Coming from Europe

Coming from Europe you have lots of choices - you can make your way with any available airline to Tokyo, Japan - Manila, Philippines - Taipeh, Taiwan - Seoul, Korea and from there to Koror, Palau.

My favorite connection to Europe is China Airlines - great service, convenient connections, and competitive pricing. Direct flights with China Airlines from Vienna, Austria and Frankfurt, Germany are daily available. Note however that connecting flight to Koror, Palau is only provided three times per week - but who knows, you may like to add a couple of days in Taipeh ;-)

China Airlines flights to Palau

Pillar 3 - The Best Time for your Palau Vacation

When is the best Season for Palau?

The answer to question one is - the season for Palau is 12 months a year - we have always around 28 degrees air and between 26-28 degrees Celsius water temperature. As we are in the tropics we are getting frequent rain - the rain showers are usually short, and the rain is warm :-). There is no particular rainy and dry season (not anymore).

What season is the water the clearest?

The answer to this question is that underwater visibility does not depend on a season, like diving in a lake - it solely depends on tides and waves. Meaning in any season the visibility is the same and changes only with tides and waves. If tides are getting low, and you are close to sandy patches or channels the “outgoing current” will transport sediments and visibility will drop - the other way around if the tide gets high clear waters will push with “incoming” current towards the reef and allow for very clear visibility.
When do I see aggregations of spawning fish?

What is the best timing to see fish aggregation and spawning?

We dive with spawning fish twice every month - the best times to enjoy spawning dives are about 3 days before New and Full Moon. We usually leave early in the morning to see thousands of fish aggregating. If you wish to join us on a Spawning Dive please plan your vacation accordingly.

Pillar 4 - The Best 4 Activities to book in Palau

Relaxed Kayaking around the Rock Islands

Fish ’n Fins will bring you by boat to Nikko Bay, a very picturesque bay surrounded by Rock Islands. From there your guide will lead you through the Rock Islands of Palau, exploring overhangs and little caves.

Waterfall & Island Adventure Tour

This tour is the perfect last day after diving Palau. One of the Fish ’n Fins guides will pick you up from your hotel or resort in the morning and show you around Palau - you will see the big island, Babeldaob, visit Palau capital and hike along a river to a stunning waterfall. Don’t forget your camera :-)

The 4 best activities you should book in Palau

Jellyfish Lake & Rock Island Boat & Snorkeling Tour

If you are not a diver and you did not have the opportunity to snorkel with thousands of non-stinging jellyfish after a dive day, then book this trip - the trip to jellyfish lake will lead you through Rock islands along tropical sandy beaches and finally to Jellyfish Lake and it’s amazing Jellyfish - note, however, that you have to buy a Koror State + Jellyfish Lake permit to visit Jellyfish - this permit costs currently US$ 100.00.

Off-Road Jungle Tours

There is no cooler tour in Palau than the Off-Road Jungle Tour - you’ll get around the island in 4x4 ATVs and can drive one yourself if you want to. This tour will put a smile on your face and plenty of mud on your clothes ;-)

Pillar 5 - Photo,s Videos & use of Drones in Palau

Palau is a photo & video opportunity of a lifetime. Whether in the water or on land you’ll collect the most amazing photos and videos. Shooting during your island tour and cultural sites is permitted and included in your tour fee.

f you are considering bringing your drone to Palau, please be aware that a national permit is required as well as a Koror State permit. For more information, please contact our reservation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Using Drones in Palau

If you wish to learn more about one of our fantastic offers, do not hesitate and contact our reservations department - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Dieter Kudler

Dieter Kudler is the latest addition to the Fish ’n Fins & Ocean Hunter management team, he joined in October 2018. Before working with Fish ’n Fins Dieter enjoyed a career as Hospitality General Manager, he led for 12 years leisure resorts in Fiji and Micronesia. He is an experienced recreational & technical diver, since 2011 SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Instructor & SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Diver. Dieter is further more an award winning underwater photographer. Connect with Dieter on Facebook.

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