The Rock Islands consist of individual mushroom islands replete with vibrant marine life. It is especially known for beautiful, natural vistas of emerald green and sapphire blue. This intriguing volcanic archipelago is not only covered with tropical plants but overflowing with reef stones and open beaches, making the water level vary in depth along each unique coast. The purity and temperateness of the water further make these islands the perfect place for aquatic activities.
The Seventy Islands
The Seventy Islands, including the Rock Islands, is collectively the most captivating site both from aerial and ground views. It has often been used as the embodiment of Palauan natural splendor. In 1956, the Palauan government placed these islands within the Marine Life Protection Zone to prevent human contamination and protect biodiversity. Since then, only scientists have been allowed into this area to examine the entire Palauan marine life.
This lake features one of many exclusive sights in Palau: nonpoisonous jellyfish. In a secluded area, visitors can observe hundreds of jellyfish shimmering under sunlight, gracefully drifting underwater. The sight is especially magnificent near the sun's zenith, when the ethereal jellyfish ascend to the lake's surface to perform photosynthesis.
This creamy-white natural lagoon is distinct from the outer sea not only in color, but also in content. The milky sand in the water is actually volcanic clay and it contains various kinds of beneficial calcium reputed to smooth and beautify the skin upon some gentle rubbings.
The Large Oceanic Trench
Snorkeling at the Large Oceanic Trench is one of the most popular tour activities in Palau. Not only can one see the imposing large trenches, but one can also observe the local marine life, including large-scale migratory fish stocks, gold coral, napoleon fish, butterfly fish, etc.
Traditional Men’s Meeting House
Situated next to the Palau Museum Bai, this structure is worth a visit due to its distinctive appearance and design. It is built with giant, sturdy wood and connected by unique triangular nails. Both on the interior wooden support and the outer wall, there are multiple paintings with dazzling colors that share with the visitors the fascinating history of Palau’s founders and tribes.