palau-land trip

 

ngardmau waterfall

badeldaob: ngardmau waterfall

Palau (sometimes spelled Belau or Pelew), officially the Republic of Palau (Palauan: Beluu er a Belau), is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is geographically part of the larger island group of Micronesia. The country’s population of around 21,000 is spread across 250 islands forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands

BADRULCHAU Stone Monoliths

Badeldaob: BADRULCHAU Stone Monoliths

The most populous island is Koror. The capital Ngerulmud is located in Melekeok State on the nearby island of Babeldaob. The islands share maritime boundaries with Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

bai

koror

 

BADELDAOB ISLAND

A traditional Palauan hut

A traditional Palauan hut

Babeldaob (also Babelthuap) is the largest island in the islands nation of the Republic of Palau.It is in the eastern Caroline Islands Archipelago, and the second largest island in the Micronesia region of Oceania.

palau international airport (ROR)

palau international airport (ROR)

Babeldaob is located northeast of Koror Island, and its northern portion is in Koror State.The southern end of the island is in Airai State, Palau’s second-most populous state. The Airai Airport on the island is the nation’s principal airport

The bai at Airai Village, or Bai-ra-Irrai

The bai at Airai Village, or Bai-ra-Irrai

This bai is the house for the ten chiefs of this village. It is reserved exclusively for the council of chiefs of the village. This building is used exclusively for male chiefs, so women are not allowed here, unless we suspend the rules. It is basically the same building which has been occupied by our predecessors for the last 300 years. http://www.pacificworlds.com/palau/native/native3.cfm

IMG_6115AIRAI BAIThe area of Babeldaob, 331 km² (128 mi²), makes up over 70% of the area of the entire Republic of Palau. It has about 30% of the country’s population, with about 6,000 people living on it.

Ngaraard

Ngaraard

Ngerulmud is the capital of the Republic of Palau.The city is located in the state of Melekeok on Babeldaob

MELEKEOK-State Capitol

Capitol building in Ngerulmud

Babeldaob is one of the most undeveloped populated islands in the Pacific Ocean, even though it is the second largest island in Micronesia (only Guam is larger in area).

NGARCHELONG

NGARCHELONG-BADRULCHAU Stone Monoliths

Ngarchelong is the site of ancient stone monoliths which are mysterious in origin. Traditional Palaun religion regarded these stone monoliths as sacred prayer ground.

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There are other stone monoliths located in and around the islands but one will not see as many as there are in Ngarchelong.

stone face

stone face

 Ngardmau is beautified with natural beauty and the essence of beautiful people with rich cultural integrity and honor. Historic sites during Japanese can be seen on every location while driving on the mountainous natural resource of bauxite. Inner village, the cultural décors and monuments can be seen.

rail road track

rail road track

Cultural sites are located in the town close to rivers such as Ngerurang’s River. Ngardmau has the largest rain forest in Palau where many creatures live. There are many rivers and waterfalls connected to each other.

Ngardmau waterfall

The tallest water fall is called “Taki” which is now popular to tourist

IMG_6207.NGARDMAU WATERFALL

The Koror-Babeldaob Bridge links Babeldaob Island at Airai to Koror Island

koror-badeldaob bridge

koror-badeldaob bridge

 

KOROR ISLAND

koror

koror

Koror is the state comprising the main commercial centre of the Republic of Palau. It consists of several islands, the most prominent being Koror Island (also Oreor Island).

IMG_6276The state of Koror (population 14,000 as of 2004) contains about 70% of the population of the country.The nation’s former capital and largest town, also called Koror, is located here

pic 499Most tourists to Palau stay in Koror, which is the centre for Palau’s resort services and house modern conveniences. Koror has businesses that cater to speakers of many languages.

IMG_6237 on NGERKEBESANG-koror bridge

NGEREKEBESANG ISLAND

IMG_6243Ngerekebesang Island (alternative names: Ngerekebesang Hamlet, Arakabesan) is an island in the state of Koror, Palau, where the office of the President of the Republic of Palau was located before the capital was moved to the state of Melekeok

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MALAKAL ISLAND

IMG_6230Malakal Island is the site of Koror’s port

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text taken from wikipedia

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