General Information



Island casual is accepted attire everywhere. Most people remove their shoes before entering homes and air-conditioned businesses. Some fine dining restaurants and clubs do not allow swimwear.

Getting Around

Palau has no street names and no addresses; you give direction by either establishment name or relation to a landmark. For example: Palau Central Hotel is located on the main road opposite Palasia. We provide Airport Transfer. Transportation provided by business establishments and cabs are the common way for visitors to get around.


Palauan and English are the official languages. English is spoken by most with some Japanese also used.

Banking & Currency

U.S. dollar is the official currency of Palau. Travelers checks and all major credit cards are accepted at most businesses. There are several banks and automated teller machines around town. Bank of Hawaii, Bank of Guam, Bank Pacific are branches of U.S. institutions.


Palau is a pleasantly warm climate all year round with the average relative humidity at 82%. Best to carry sun block wherever you go. If traveling to Peleliu or Angaur bring mosquito repellent.


Local energizer. Said to induce euphoria or a local “high”. Makes the saliva and mouth red. So, if you see locals chewing and spitting, you’ll know why. They will be happy to share what is locally referred to as “buuch” (pronounced “boo”).

Medical Services

Palau National Hospital (488-2555) is a well-equipped medical center with professional medical staff. There are several private outpatient clinics and pharmacies in town. Emergency is 911.


110/220 60 hertz; U.S. (Edison) outlet; TV: NTSC; Currency: U.S. Dollar; Time: GMT+9, Tokyo time zone (PWT)


Palau International Airport (ROR); Nearest large hub: Guam (GUM)