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Fish 'n Fins
P.O. Box 142
Koror
PW 96940
PALAU
Tel. +680-488-2637
Fax. +680-488-5418
E-Mail: info@fishnfins.com
Web: http://www.fishnfins.com
Fish 'n Fins offers the best and safest tour and Scuba diving services in Palau since 1972. Fast boats, local and international guides with marine biology background. Diving Palau famous sites and our own secret places. PADI dive courses. Complete technical dive center.





Ocean Hunter
P.O. Box 964
Koror
PW 96940
PALAU
Tel.: +680-488-2637
Fax.: +680-488-5418
E-Mail: info@oceanhunter.com
Web: http://www.oceanhunter.com
Ocean Hunter I has been Palau's most exclusive liveaboard since 1993. With only 6 divers onboard, guests experience a unique and personal opportunity to explore the pristine reefs of Palau. Ocean Hunter III is Palau's most luxurious liveaboard, and our new addition to the Ocean Hunter fleet, accommodating 16 divers.


About Palau

Located between Guam, The Philippines and Papua New Guinea, Palau is an archipelago which is more than 640km (400 miles) long. The jewels of Palau are its 200 Rock Islands, densely forested limestone islets of varying sizes and shapes.

Palau's unique geography makes it a divers' mecca. Three major ocean currents converge there, funneling a wide variety of marine life: 700 corals and anemones, 1,500 kinds of reef and pelagic fish, rare chambered nautilus and giant tridacna clams that are commonly over four feet long and weigh a quarter-ton.

Moreover, Palau Lagoon encloses dozens of World War II shipwrecks, coral reefs, blue holes, giant undersea tunnels, stalactite-filled caves and over 60 vertical dropoffs.

Because of the diversity and density of the marine life and the topography of the islands, Palau is regarded as one of the best dive sites in the world.

Average Visibility: 100+ ft.

Average Water Temperature: 82F

 

Airport

The Palau International Airport (ROR) is Palau's only international airport. Located in the Airai State which is about thirty minute drive to Koror State, former capitol of the Republic of Palau. A gateway to the scenic Rock Islands, Koror State is where most accommodations, tour operators and business establishments are located.

Flying Times and Distances to Palau
The following list contains times and distances to Palau from Main Points of Departure:
From / Distance (statute miles) / Flying Time
Honolulu / 4609 / 8:45
Guam / 813 / 1:45
Manila / 1041 / 2:35
Tokyo / 2394 / 4:25
Taipei / 2533 / 4:55
Seoul / 2804 / 5:35
Los Angeles / 7161 / 13:55
New York / 9612 / 18:55

Airlines Serving Palau

Asiana

China Airlines

Delta

Japan Airlines

Korean Air

United


Shuttle Service

Most of the hotels and resorts in Palau provide airport pick up, but please request this service when you make your reservations with the hotel of your choice, before you arrive in Palau.

Customs / Immigrations

All visitors must have a valid passport not less than 6 months from date of expiration and proof of return arrangements.

VISAs are NOT required. 30-days Tourist Visa will be issued upon arrival and may be extended within 7 days in advance with approval of the Chief of Immigration for a fee of US$50.00 before expiration date of the visa. (Note: Maximum of 90 days: 30 days upon arrival plus 2 extensions at US$50.00 fee per extension. After which visitors must exit the country).

Citizens of United States of America, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Guam, and the Common Wealth of Northern Marianas Islands with valid passports are issued 1 year Visa upon arrival.

One bottle of liquor and up to 1 carton of cigarettes (10 packs) can be brought into Palau duty-free. Importation of controlled substances and weapons are strictly prohibited and any traveler in possession of any controlled substances will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law of the Republic of Palau.

A US$15.00 Protected Area Network "Green Fee" is collected upon departure in addition to US$20.00 Departure Tax, totalling US$35.00 payable upon departure. The "Green Fee" helps support Palau's natural resource conservation efforts.

Getting Around

Car Rentals

Car rentals are available upon arriving at the Palau International Airport or at their various offices in downtown Koror. The prices vary depending on the size of the cars and model.

Visitors are allowed to drive in Palau for 30 days with their home country's driver's license. Driving is on the right and the speed limit is a doddering 25mph (40k/h).

Taxi

Taxis are readily available. Taxis are equipped with a rate sheet for each destination, please be sure to ask for the rate sheet before using service. It is possible to make transportation arrangements directly with the taxi driver should you wish to retain their services during the duration of your stay. Many hotels and businesses can assist you in contacting a taxi on their premises.

Visitor Information

CLIMATE

Palau enjoys a pleasantly warm climate all year round with an annual mean temperature of 82° degrees F. (27° C.). Rainfall can occur throughout the year, and the annual average is 150 inches. The average relative humidity is 82%, and although rain falls more frequently between July and October, there is still much sunshine. Typhoons are rare as Palau is located outside the typhoon zone.

MEDICAL SERVICES

Palau has three private medical clinics and a public hospital. A modern recompression chamber is available and staffed by certified operators. The hospital emergency number is 488-2558 and the ambulance number is 488-1411. Police emergency number is 911.

WATER

Palau's water is generally safe to drink, and bottled water is available in most markets.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Worldwide telephone, facsimile, International Direct Dialing, Cellular Phone, Internet services (Dialup and DSL), and operator assisted dialing services are available. Phone cards are available at PNCC Offices and calls can be made from most hotels in Koror.

ALCOHOL

Beer, wine and spirits are readily available and sold to anyone over 21 years of age.

CURRENCY/CREDIT CARDS

The official currency of the Republic is the U.S. Dollar. Visa, JCB, Master Card, and American Express cards are widely accepted at stores and visitor facilities. There are FDIC insured banks and major hotels with limited foreign currency exchange. In addition, Palau has money transfers such as Western Union or through Bank Institution.

TIPPING

Tipping is optional, but appreciated.


 
 

 


 










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