Welcome to Palau, the third island on our journey

We left Yap at 10:00 PM, Yap time and arrived in Palau's airport at 10:10 Palau time. We crossed another time zone. No one had a clue what time it was and for many, they didn't change their watches the entire trip, so if you asked, you got something like 7:00 plus one day and 13 hours. Bryon and I gave up on determining the day or date and tried to concentrate on getting our alarm clock set so we wouldn't miss the bus taking us to the dive shop.

A little bit about The Republic of Palau (known locally as Belau). It is a separate principality southwest of the Federated States of Micronesia. Palau is a group of 343 islands spread over 100 miles. It is believed that it was settled by Indonesians around 2500 B.C. and was explored by Spanish navigators in 1543. It stayed under Spanish control for approximately 300 years, when it was sold, along with most of the Caroline Islands, to the Germans after the Spanish-American War in 1899. The Treaty of Versailles afforded the Japanese control of Palau; after WWII, it became a UN Trusteeship administered by the U.S. In 1992, Palau signed a Compact of Free Association with the U.S., requiring the United States to provide economic aid in exchange for the right to build and maintain U.S. military facilities there. It became a sovereign state in 1994. On a more current note, this is the country that agreed to take the Chinese Nationals that were being illegally held at Guantanamo Bay.

The Palau pages are color coded with lavender and burgundy for the island and our land tourist activities. The light green and bluish pages are underwater activities.

An aerial view of Palau, sometimes called the Rock Islands of Palau. The light blue areas are shallow waters; the white areas along the outer edges are reefs.

 Indicates dive site locations.