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Palau

Background

Palau

After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986 but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year when the islands gained independence.

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Palau (Belau) is a group of islands in the Micronesia area of Oceania, to the southeast of the Philippines.

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Palau

PalauPalau Royal Resort 

P.O. Box 10108
Malakal Island
Koror 96940
Palau

Price (US$): $266 - $327 / night

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Location. Palau Royal Resort is located on the beach in Koror, close to National Stadium and Asahi Stadium. Another point of interest is Rock Islands. Resort Features. Palau Royal Resort's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A beach bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The resort serves buffet breakfasts in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, an outdoor tennis… more »

PalauAirai Water Paradise Hotel & Spa 

PO Box 8067
Airai 96940
Palau

Price (US$): $113 - $200 / night

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Location. Airai Water Paradise Hotel & Spa is located on the beach in Airai and local attractions include Asahi Stadium and National Stadium. Other regional attractions include Rock Islands and Capitol Building. Hotel Features. Airai Water Paradise Hotel & Spa's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant… more »

PalauPALAU PACIFIC RESORT 

PO BOX 308
Koror
Palau

Price (US$): $375 - $970 / night

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Palau is truly an Eden captured in time. If so the Palau Pacific Resort is the Eden s nest nestled in 64 acres of lush tropical gardens with the great Pacific Ocean caressing its pristine white sand beach.This luxury resort features 160 air conditioned rooms decorated in an island motif including 60 Garden View Rooms 68 Ocean View Rooms 24 Ocean Front Rooms 4 Luxury Ocean Front Junior Suites and 4 Luxury Ocean Front Suites. All rooms offering amenities to meet the expectations of… more »

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Palau

Full name
Republic of Palau
Capital
Koror
Location

Oceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines

Geographic coordinates

7 30 N, 134 30 E

Area comparative

slightly more than 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

1,519 km

Climate

tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November

Terrain

varying geologically from the high, mountainous main island of Babelthuap to low, coral islands usually fringed by large barrier reefs

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mount Ngerchelchuus 242 m

Natural resources

forests, minerals (especially gold), marine products, deep-seabed minerals

Population

20,879 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Palauan (Micronesian with Malayan and Melanesian admixtures) 69.9%, Filipino 15.3%, Chinese 4.9%, other Asian 2.4%, white 1.9%, Carolinian 1.4%, other Micronesian 1.1%, other or unspecified 3.2% (2000 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 41.6%, Protestant 23.3%, Modekngei 8.8% (indigenous to Palau), Seventh-Day Adventist 5.3%, Jehovah's Witness 0.9%, Latter-Day Saints 0.6%, other 3.1%, unspecified or none 16.4% (2000 census)

Languages

Palauan 64.7% official in all islands except Sonsoral (Sonsoralese and English are official), Tobi (Tobi and English are official), and Angaur (Angaur, Japanese, and English are official), Filipino 13.5%, English 9.4%, Chinese 5.7%, Carolinian 1.5%, Japanese 1.5%, other Asian 2.3%, other languages 1.5% (2000 census)

Government type

constitutional government in free association with the US; the Compact of Free Association entered into force on 1 October 1994

Independence

1 October 1994 (from the US-administered UN trusteeship)

National holiday

Constitution Day, 9 July (1979)

Chief of state

President Johnson TORIBIONG (since 15 January 2009); Vice President Kerai MARIUR (since 15 January 2009); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Johnson TORIBIONG (since 15 January 2009); Vice President Kerai MARIUR (since 15 January 2009)

Internet country code

.pw

Airports

3 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Koror

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