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22 May, 2009

Palau – The Small Island Nation of Oceania

Palau

Palau, officially known as Republic of Palau, is a small island – nation lying in the Pacific Ocean, almost 2000 miles away from Japan (Tokio). It is a small nation that was administrated by the US; it became independent as it emerged in 1994 from the trusteeship of the UN. It is one of the smallest nations in the world and is part of the Micronesia part of Oceania.

Its name is found in different spelling options. You can find it as Pelew or Belau, which is how it is spelled in British English. The official language spoken on the island is the Palauian, although English is considered to be the second official language of the nation. The official currency is the US dollar; American citizens do not need a visa to travel to Palau, while almost everybody else needs to apply for a 30 days visa.

Palau was the first country to vote against nuclear tests and it was the only nation that signed a nuclear free constitution. This resulted in the delay of the recognition of Palau’s independence – the US did not want to sign a Compact of Free Association as long as Palau was supporting the nuclear – free clause. The nation had to repeal the clause and after this the independence was achieved.

Today the island is becoming more popular to European tourists, although it remains a primer destination for American tourists who travel there due to reasonable prices in accommodation and food. Palau features numerous accommodation options, although most of them are guest houses and small boutique hotels. There are also more luxurious resorts situated at the former capital of the country, Coror. As you can read in every travel guide, it is a very safe destination, suitable for families or individuals who want to unwind from bustling cities and relax.

Palau

Palau

Palau

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