WWII Sea Plane Base
Before WWII, the Japanese built two seaplane bases on Palau. The Palau Pacific resort was built on the foundation of the largest base which served the Kawanishi flying boats (Allied code Name: EMILY). In fact, SPLASH dive shop is erected on top of this seaplane taxiway. The metal tie-down rings still exist where those large seaplanes were moored on the southeast side of the hotel and under the lookout hut.
Palau Mariculture Center:
The Micronesian Mariculture Demostration Center, later renamed the Palau Mariculture Center, was established in the early 1970s. The center was one of the first institutions to succeed in the mass production of giant clams. Many countries in the Pacific were recipients of Palau cultured clam broodstock which they subsequently utilised in their own giant clam projects.
Ice Box Park
Located on the west end of Malakal, Ice Box Park, with its large sandy trees and Picnic tables, is a great spot to relax with family and friends.
Meyuns Sea Plane Ramp
Meyuns Sea Plane Ramp, home to the JAKE seaplanes, was one of the two Japanese seaplane bases used by japanese during WWII. There is a Jake Seaplane wreck that can be snorkeled from this ramp.
First Child Birth (Ngasech) Ceremony
If you are fortunate to be invited to a First Child Birth Ceremony, you won't want to miss it. The Ngasech is a celebration of women's rite of passage into motherhood. It serves many purposes, but most importantly it helps heal the mother after childbirth. For a number of days (depending on the status of the mother's clan), the new mother will sit in the steam house where she will be bathed with special herbs to clean and heal the womb. She is than painted with mixture of turmeric coconut oil, adorned with a traditional skirt in the colors of her clan and presented to her husband's family.
Palau Aquarium (Palau International Coral Reef Center)
The goal of the Palau Aquarium is to stimulate interest, increase knowledge and promote stewardship of our coral reefs and, in turn, the world's ocean environment.
The Aquarium showcases the coral reef ecosystem found in Palau throughten sub-themed aquariums conveying detailson 17 different habitats imitated with breathtakingly beautiful marine animals in their unique environments.
A gift shop with marine related apparel and speciality items, books and collectibles is also located on site.
Palauan Made Handicrafts
While there are many stores and gift shops selling quality Palauan-made products, there are few places that offers a little extra - a chance to watch artists create their handicrafts.
The PPR employs a Palauan weaver who demostrates the traditional art of weaving.
At the Senior Citizens Center, you will find a variety of locally made products from hand-woven items to carved storyboards.
Watch artisans carve storyboards at Tebang Woodcarving or visit their gift shop to pick up a souvernir. The Koror jail is another great place to find locally made storyboards.
The 3 stiry building houses two floor of Palauan and Micronesian artifacts, displays photography and information. The top floor has restrooms, more display and a large gift shop selling arts, jewelry, books and souvenirs.
Elvis, a Palauan Sulfur-crested cockatoo abducted by Palauan hunters from the rock islands, sold on the streets, and eventually adopted by the Etpison Museum is always there to greet you on your arrival.
Belau National Meseum and The Museum Bai
The road at the intersection of Palau Community College, Mobil Gas Station and the NECO Shopping Plaza leads directly to the National Museum and the Bai.
Opened in 1955, the Belau National Museum is the oldest museum in Micronesia. Its many indoor and outdoor exhibits include a wealth of historical and cultural information on Palau and is well worth spending a morning or afternoon. A gift shop and cafe can also be found at the museum building.
The Bai, a replica of a traditional men's meeting house, was rebuilt in 1991 after the original structure built in 1969 was destroyed by fire. An interpretive sign is on site.
Japan Palau Friendship Bridge
Replaced the former K-B (Koror-Babeldaob) Bridge which collapsed on september 16, 1996. The collapse severed water and power to the island of Koror. The only connection to the airport located on Babeldaob was via ferry service across the channel until a temporary floating bridge, donated by the US, was installed in 1998.
The Japan-Palau Friendship Bridge is a reinforced concrete, portal frame, cable-stayed bridge with a total length of 413 meters. It was built by the Kajima Corporation of Japan in 2002 with gaint aid from Japan.
Mother and Child Monolith
The trail to the monolith is on the left side of the road, about 20 meters after making the right turn on the road to the old Nikko Hotel. According to traditional oral history, the monolith is a woman and child turned into stone by a shaman after the woman disobeyed repeated warnings to "leave the area and not look into a traditional men's house" once located on the site.