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.
Palau’s cobalt drop-offs, prisms of colorful coral reefs and virtually limitless variety of sea life in this tropical paradise wow snorkelers, from beginners to experienced, with over fifty existing sites, each different from the next. Snorkeling is year-round in Palau and during the busiest season from January to April, spectacular sights such as migratory whale sharks passing by, sharks or mantas mating, and large schools of fish spawning can be seen.
Palau is where divers can have it all, more sea life and shipwrecks than other island destinations, and an incredible 400 species of reef-building hard corals and 150 species of soft corals, gorgonians, and sea pens, Palau also has at least 1,450 species of reef fish. There are over 60 dive sites, as well as 60 sunken ships and aircraft, reminders of the titanic battle fought here during World War II.