Palau is the first nation on earth to change its immigration laws for the cause of environmental protection. Upon entry, visitors need to sign a passport pledge to act in an ecologically responsible way on the island, for the sake of Palau’s children and future generations of Palauans.

Every tourist who takes the pledge needs to follow this sustainable tourism checklist or risk a fine.

  • Don't collect Marine life Souvenirs : Taking coral, shells, small and protected fish, and other protected species (including turtles and sharks) damages the environment and threatens species with extinction. 
  • Do support local businesses and communities : Visit cultural events and festivals to enrich your experience and make your purchases as local as possible to give back to the village.
  • Don't feed the fish and sharks : Not only is it dangerous for you, it could also damage the health and behavior of sea life.
  • Don't drag fins over coral when swimming : Dragging fins over reefs or stirring up sediment can damage the ocean habitat.
  • Do get others to respect the customs :  Let your tour group and fellow visitors know about Palau’s cultural traditions.
  • Don't touch or step on coral : Coral is extremely fragile yet crucial to the ocean’s biodiversity. Walking, standing or even brushing coral can kill a whole colony.
  • Don't take fruit or flowers from gardens : While it may look free for the taking, that produce is likely from a local’s property. Buy your fruit at the store instead.
  • Do learn about the culture and people : Make a friend and ask about cultural etiquette, such as manner of greeting, respectful dress, eating customs and other local norms and values.
  • Don't touch or chase wildlife : It is highly stressful and damaging to an animal’s health, and potentially dangerous to you. Touching some fish can remove their protective coating.

  • Don't litter : Rubbish poses a significant danger to wildlife and habitats. Plastics, which do not biodegrade, end up as ocean debris, entangling and killing thousands of animals every year.
  • Don't Smoke in restricted areas

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