Last updated: 3 Sep 2018



Palau has some of the world’s most spectacular snorkelling and diving locations and a well-developed diving infrastructure, with numerous operators offering a wide choice of facilities, including live-aboard dive tours to more remote sites.

Palau’s coral reefs are home to more than 1,500 species of fish and 700 species of coral and sea anemones.

Explore the capital, Koror, the busiest centre in the islands with many gift shops, restaurants and other resort facilities. While there, visit the Palau National Museum, where more than 1,000 relics of Palau's past are housed including shell money and traditional weapons.

Go snorkelling, sea kayaking, sailing and fishing around the beautiful Rock Islands
Capital:  Ngerulmud, Melekeok (ROR)
Native Name of Palau: Belau
Currency:  US Dollar (USD)
Language:  English and Palauan
Dialling code from SA:  + 7680
Time Zones: UTC/GMT +9 hours (7 Hours ahead of South Africa)
Public Holidays 2018:

Jan 1; Mar 15; May 5; Jun 1, 9; Sep 3; Oct 1; Nov 22; Dec 25

Best Time to go: September – July
Best For: Diving with jellyfish
Plugs: 110-120 volts AC, 60 Hz. American-style flat two-pin plugs (with or without grounding pin) are used.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. Outside of the main towns, water may be contaminated
Health: Doctors may require cash payment regardless of whether you have health insurance.  Medical facilities are well-equipped, but scarce.  It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. Note that there are only a few decompression chambers amoung the islands.
Customs: Remove your shoes when entering someone's home. The head is considered a sacred part of the body, and should not be touched. Swimwear should be reserved for the beach.
Duty Free: 1 Bottle Liquor
1 pack of cigarettes containing 20 cigarettes
1 Cigar or 3 ounces of pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco or loose smoking tobacco
For more details: 

SA Representative

Palau (Republic of)

· Representation accredited from Canberra, Australia

South African High Commission
Rhodes Place
State Circle
ACT 2600

Tel: + 61 2 6272 7300
Fax: + 61 2 6273 3203 (Information)
Fax: + 61 2 6273 1033 (Consular)
Fax: + 61 2 6273 4995 (Economic)

E-mail: (Political) (Admin) (Economic) (Immigration & Civic Affairs)


Republic of Palau State:

Tel +680 488 2509
Fax +680 488 2443
Commerce and Trade:
Tel +680 587 2111
Fax +680 587 2222

Travel Health

Compulsory:  None
Recommended Travel Vaccines: Hepatitis A&B, Tetanus, Polio