What to Do in Palau, Micronesia (Besides Scuba Dive)

Palau is a diver’s paradise. But there’s more to do in Palau than scuba diving. We found this out the hard way when we were stuck in a multi-day storm, twiddling our thumbs, wondering what we could do besides dive. Here are some ideas for activities during your stay on Palau, Micronesia.

Explore Babeldaob

Spend a day exploring Babeldaob. The best way is to rent a car. Renting a car is (miraculously) inexpensive in Palau. We rented a car for $35/day, but you could get one as cheap as $27.  Here are some of the points of interest to which you could drive.

Tip: Don’t forget to pack bug spray, water & snacks, as there aren’t many shops along the way. Also, buy a map from Surangels super center. Go to R.A.W. on the second floor; you’ll find maps for 99 cents.

Ngatpang Waterfall

ngatpang waterfall palau

This was our first stop on our drive from Koror. We were the only people there. Walk through a short jungle path to see this waterfall and maybe even take a quick dip! No entrance fee.

Ngardmau Waterfall

ngardmau waterfall palau

We weren’t alone at this larger waterfall, but it was absolutely worth it. Entrance fee is $10. You can also zip-line down to the waterfall, or take the ancient-looking monorail down and up. We decided to take the free option and hike both ways, which only takes about 20-30 minutes each way. The hike itself is gorgeous and very enjoyable – highly recommend.

Bais

These are men’s meeting houses. Check out Airai Bai (the oldest one) and Melekeok Bai. Entrance fee is $5 for each.

Stone Monoliths

Called the “Easter Island of Micronesia,” this attraction could interest you if you’re into ruins or archaeology, or if you’re looking for a nice picnic spot. Entrance fee is $5.

Japanese “Lighthouse”

View from "Japanese Lighthouse"
View from “Japanese Lighthouse”

I put this in quotes because it doesn’t look anything like a lighthouse. While we weren’t impressed by the ruins, it does offer great views. Entrance fee is $5, but you won’t have to pay if no one is guarding the entrance (which apparently happens quite frequently).

Swim with Stingless Jellyfish

jellyfish palau
Took us a while to work up the courage to touch a jelly!

Thanks to global climate change, the famous Jellyfish Lake of Palau was recently devastated by a drought, which killed the majority of jellyfish. Don’t fret, though – there are other places in Palau where you can get the same experience, and it doesn’t come with an extra permit fee! Check out Jellyfish pond, a 10-15 minute kayak ride away from Sam’s Tours, Koror.

Palau Aquarium

Reportedly, you only need an hour to explore this small aquarium, but hey – it gives you something to do! Entrance fee is $7.

Kayak

kayak palau

Perhaps the best way to explore the rock islands is by kayak. We rented a double kayak for a half-day (4 hours) from Sam’s Tours for $45. A single kayak for a half-day costs $35. Keep in mind you need a permit ($50) to visit the rock islands. Even if it’s windy, you could still kayak fairly easily to the Jellyfish pond from Sam’s tours.

Watch our adventures, including swimming with the jellies, in our video.

Have any questions about Palau? What about recommendations? Let us know below!

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