Capital City: Melekeok
Timezone: UTC+9
Country Calling Code: +680
Currency: USD

1 CNY = 0.16 USD

1 USD = 1.00 USD

1 EUR = 1.23 USD

1 GBP = 1.45 USD

1 AUD = 1.00 USD

These rates were valid at time of writing.
Please check for exact exchange rates.

Weather & When to Visit


The climate of Palau can be described as a typical warm, tropical climate with two different seasons. The dry season is between December and April; the rainy season lasts from April to December, with the greatest falls between July and October. Temperatures range between 26-32°C, with the water temperature sitting on a comfortable year-round 28-29°C.

Typhoons can hit Palau from July to mid November, and can sometimes cause heavy damage, flooding and erosion. However, this is a seldom scenario, and not every Typhoon that hits Palau is a really strong one.

Koror's average highest temperature is 30°C, with the average low 24°C; humidity averages 80%. The annual rainfall is 373cm (there are numerous heavy thunderstorms in June), with June to August the wettest months; February and March are the driest, although rain can seemingly strike at any time.

Events & Festivals


Palau doesn’t hold a large number of celebrations and events throughout the year. However, there are some that will interest travelers, especially if they are coming from the US. Several major American holidays are recognized and celebrated here, with Thanksgiving the most popular event among locals and expatriates alike. Of course, Palau’s Independence Day is fondly celebrated by citizens each year and is often regarded as the most important day on the Palau calendar.

The island of Koror is home to the Palau Challenge, which is organized by the Belau Triathlon Federation. It is an exciting and popular event that has been held for about five years. It includes several disciplines and races, including open ocean swimming, a triathlon, and cycling events. The program is open to anyone fit enough to enjoy the beauty of Palau via a long and arduous triathlon. It occurs on December 1 and December 2 annually.



Visa is not required to enter Palau, however 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.

Tourist Visas will be issued upon arrival and may be extended in advance with approval of the Chief of Immigration for a fee before expiration date of the visa. 



From the western seaboard of the United States, best route is Hawaii to Guam, and then to Palau. For a scenic island route, you can do an island hop across Micronesia to Palau. Through Asia, there are twice weekly charter services between Taipei, Taiwan and Palau and additional flights are also available during peak seasons. From Europe, visitors can fly via Emirates direct to Manila, Philippines and onwards with Continental Airlines to Palau--this is possible without overnight stay in Manila.

The Palau International Airport (ROR) is Palau’s only international airport. Located in the state of Airai, it’s about a thirty-minute drive to Koror State, the provisional capital of the Republic of Palau. A gateway to the scenic Rock Islands, Koror State is where most hotels and resorts, tour operators and shopping areas are located.

Things to Consider


  • Be careful if you rent a car as the road are often unpaved and get very muddy and slippery, especially when it rains
  • Don’t get too surprised when local women walk past by you. It is very common for women to be shirtless
  • Sun is very strong, make sure to wear SPF and reapply it after being in water
  • When going to the Jelly Fish lake, don’t fear them as they’ve lost the stinginess over evolution. However, when in water, avoid fast movements and rinse of any lotions prior to entering the water
  • Palau's currency is the US dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted in Koror State but not at all in the smaller islands. ATMs are similarly found in Koror but not elsewhere
  • Tipping is not expected.
  • Lightweight cotton clothing is advised throughout the year, with an umbrella or raincoat for sudden cloudbursts. A sweater is needed in the mountainous inland areas


Important Note:
Whilst Classic Travel does our best to keep information updated, it is always advisable for you to double-check details for your specific trip as information can change without notice, particularly in regards to arrival & departure airport terminals, visa requirements and airport/port fees.