"Palau and the Pacific Theater" Koror by DSwede

Koror Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 35 photos

Palau is a relatively small republic of islands with a very strong tie to the United States. It was under US control as a UN Trust Territory for about 30 years. It started working towards independence in the late 70's and finally gained it in the early 90's.

Among the reasons for Palau to be such a close ally with the US is due to its location and role in the Pacific Theater during WW2. Palau was a huge staging area for the Japanese and had many hidden armories as well as bays used to ambush attackers. There are wrecks and remnants of the armories along the shorelines that are being overgrown by the jungles.

Palau is wonderfully beautiful with the small islands dotting the horizon. The islands' jagged edges often give the overhanging cliffs daylight underneath due to water and tidal erosion.

Besides the nice tropical waters and the healthy fish life, there are countless WW2 wrecks to dive on. Blue Corner is a world famous dive site also (see my sports tip). Also a highlight is Jellyfish Lake and Mandarin Fish Lake, both with more information in my tips.

I stayed in the town of Koror for 10 days and took daily 2 or 3 tank diving trips.

Eating lunch on one of many boat rides to remote dive sites, wrecks or beaches. Definately a terrible way to spend your holidays...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Jellyfish Lake and Mandarin Fish Lake are unique finds.
  • Cons:Tropical rains are unpredictable.
  • In a nutshell:The perfect place for a WWII history buff and diver/snorkeler.
  • Intro Updated Mar 30, 2011
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Well done, Dave! You are blessed with so many unique journeys!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Nice underwater photos. Wow.. swimming with the manta ray. I once scuba dived into a school of jelly fish - no fun, LOL.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Interesting place to see remnants of WW2 and a divers paradise too. The colorful Mandarin fish are so beautiful that they don't even seem real.

  • Mara_2's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2007 at 3:11 AM

    Ohhhh... you've dived with a manta-ray!!!!! What a luck!!! It is my dream to even see one of them - imagine swim by it!!!! Wonderful!

  • ScubaCat's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2006 at 11:24 AM

    Lucky you!! You got to go where I've been dreaming to visit for years. Do you have pics? I'd love to see them.


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