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Palau

Beautiful Palau claims to have 84% of it's rainforest cover still intact....

personal experience

I have visited Palau twice in 2017 and 2018.  I was impressed. 

Emerald Tree Skink, Palau (image by Damon Ramsey).

geography

Palau is a small nation made of just a few small islands. The main island group is made of uplifted limestone which forms a stunning network of islands, bays and reefs. Some of the islands are connected by various bridges.

birds

There are some interesting birds to be seen around Palau.  First, there are many seabirds to be seen easily in and around the islands and waters. They include white-tailed Tropicbird, Bridled Tern, White-capped (Black) Noddy, White (Fairy) Tern, and Black-naped Tern.

a rare sight of a tropicbird sitting in the water, Palau (image by Damon Ramsey)

The land based birds include many species endemic to Micronesia:

Micronesia Starling, Palau (image by Damon Ramsey)
Micronesia Myzomela, Palau (image by Damon Ramsey)

reptiles

There are some interesting reptiles. Most of the ones I saw were widespread species, including Hawksbill Turtle, and: 

Yellow-lipped Sea Crait

Mammals

I didn't expect to see many native mammals in Palau, because there aren't many. However, the 'Pelew Flying Fox' seemed fairly common. Just watch out it doesn't end up in your soup (a traditional Micronesian meal).

access

Palau is a tiny country in the middle of nowhere!

There are flights, but they will always go via somewhere else, and it is a long way to go. Be aware that the jellyfish lake is still closed (as of 2018).

Some of the expedition ships, such as Silver Discoverer (with Silver Sea) go there. That is who I went with, as a lecturer. 

accommodation

Most of my stay was based just around the Palau Royal Resort. This is probably a fairly pricey hotel (but I didn't pay as I was accompanying a group). I photographed many of the species on this page there, and you can also snorkel right in front of the hotel.

Updates
Well it looks like my first trip after the virus will be the Great Barrier Reef (where I started!) with Coral Expeditions.....I hope. If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.