Palau has an abundance of the most spectacular sportsfishing opportunities. One can troll for game fish such as mammoth 400-pounds blue marlin, sailfish, giant trevally, wahoo and tuna. As a matter of fact, sport-fishing is so popular in the islands that there are serious fishing derby competitions that are open to anyone. Generous cash prizes are awarded for the biggest catches in several categories including tuna, barracuda, wahoo and marlin, to name a few. Most recently, catch and release sports fishing has become a popular activity and is offered by tour companies.
What better way to view hundreds of islands at once is to take to the air. Through small domestic air flights, helicopter tours, or even sky diving, you can take in most of the beautiful archipelago of Palau in a bird’s eye view.
The famous mushroom-shaped gems of Palau’s Rock Islands Southern Lagoon were inscribed in 2012 as a mixed cultural and natural site into the UNESCO World Heritage List. Covering 100,200 hectares with 445 uninhabited limestone islands of volcanic origin, these unique island formations are surrounded by turquoise lagoons and coral reefs. There is also the highest concentration of marine lakes anywhere. These are isolated bodies of seawater that have been separated from the ocean by land barriers that sustain high endemism of populations which continue to yield new discoveries of species.
Palau was made for kayaking, where paddlers can make their way into any one of hundreds of solace-giving bays and lagoons with perfectly unspoiled scenery of impeccable preserved reefs and coves. Palau is probably the best place in the world for nature-loving kayakers to take day trips or excursions of several days.
Seabirds pass through narrow channels and soar to their nests set high in the mushroom-shaped Rock Islands, and the only sounds you hear are their calls and the swirling of your paddles breaking the placid surface.
For vigorous-activity enthusiasts, a must is hiking in Babeldaob, Palau’s biggest island and the second-largest landmass in Micronesia. Measuring 27 miles/43 kilometers in length and 15 miles/24 kilometers across at its widest point, Babeldaob’s terrain transforms gracefully from steep mountains and forested hills or savannahs, to freshwater lakes to a paradise of sand along the longest natural beach in Palau. Blessed with these natural as well as historic wonders, ancient stone paths built in the jungle centuries ago lead to fascinating remnants of old villages and ancient hillside terraces.