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    Anyone stayed at Palau

    OK, I know this should be in a travel forum but I wasn't sure whether it should be in the Philipines forum or the South pacific Island forum or the U.S. forum so I'm sticking it here and if a mod wants to move it OK.

    I'm looking at perhaps a week in Palau for the family in Jan Feb, it just occured to me today and it seems like an interesting place with lots of adventure (of the non disneyland kind) for the kids.
    I've located a couple of places, here.

    Welcome / Dolphin Bay Resort & Peleliu Divers in Palau

    and here

    Welcome to Nature Island Resort

    Small family friendly places by all appearances.

    but what I'm wondering is what sort of prices I can expect to pay for the extras, meals, drinks etc boat hire and so on.
    The thing I don't like about these types of places is once you're there they've kind of got you over a barrel.

    These are the kind of places I want though, right on a calm beach, not too flash, where the kids can run around in bare feet and I can sit in a lounge chair and read a book and sip a beer without worrying too much about them.
    So if anyone's been there I'd appreciate hearing about your experience. Thanks.
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    I went to Peleliu in 1988, so my info is rather dated.

    It was a cheap flight out of Manila. And I only found out after I got there that this particular island had been the scene of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific campaign during WW2. As I was strolling along a beach, there, leaning up against a tree was an unexploded mortar round.

    When the islanders returned after the fighting, they were horrified to find the landscape completely changed and body parts everywhere. The US troops drove the Japanese back into underground caves (which they had probably burrowed out), and they would not surrender, so they sealed the entrances with explosives.

    But don't let that put you off. It had a very relaxed ambiance, as you would expect from an island so far out in the Pacific.
    Almost all vegetables were shipped in as the locals are not big on farming like South Pacific islanders. So as you'd expect, things were quite expensive !
    And it was then still a US protectorate, using US dollars as currency. So I'd utilize Google a fair bit for current info, if I was you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    I went to Peleliu in 1988, so my info is rather dated.

    It was a cheap flight out of Manila. And I only found out after I got there that this particular island had been the scene of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific campaign during WW2. As I was strolling along a beach, there, leaning up against a tree was an unexploded mortar round.

    When the islanders returned after the fighting, they were horrified to find the landscape completely changed and body parts everywhere. The US troops drove the Japanese back into underground caves (which they had probably burrowed out), and they would not surrender, so they sealed the entrances with explosives.

    But don't let that put you off. It had a very relaxed ambiance, as you would expect from an island so far out in the Pacific.
    Almost all vegetables were shipped in as the locals are not big on farming like South Pacific islanders. So as you'd expect, things were quite expensive !
    And it was then still a US protectorate, using US dollars as currency. So I'd utilize Google a fair bit for current info, if I was you.
    So your reply is.... google it.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    OK, I know this should be in a travel forum but I wasn't sure whether it should be in the Philipines forum or the South pacific Island forum or the U.S. forum so I'm sticking it here and if a mod wants to move it OK.
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    I've been on a diving holiday to Palau, and then to Yap.

    On Palau, spent a couple of nights in Koror in a mid-range hotel, then a boat trip south to a modest beach resort in the Rock Islands. Which is where one wants to be, rather than in town.

    A must-see is jellyfish lake, where one snorkels among swarms of harmless jellyfish.

    Prices are pretty reasonable - today there's a US$50 visa on arrival though.

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