These Palau travel tips are based solely on our experience of doing it so many times. 🙂
One reason why Palau is one of the best diving spots in the world, is because for thousands of miles, there is no major land mass nearby. Palau has deep nutrient-rich waters, and is located where the Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Sea converge. However, being remote has one drawback, it takes awhile to get to Palau. But, with a little preparation and the right mindset you can make the trip more enjoyable.
6 Travel Tips for Palau
#1: Have a Positive Mindset Having a positive mindset is key. You are travelling to paradise. Try not to let the little things bother you too much. Remember, “You are on vacation!”
#2: Get to the airport early
We hear this over and over again, but who does actually do this? Three hours prior to flight departure is a perfect time to arrive at the airport. When you get through check-in, customs, security and immigration quickly, you have enough time for a meal and to prepare yourself for the flight ahead a meal and preparing oneself for the flight ahead.
#3: Wear comfortable clothes
It seems like each time you get on a flight it is either too hot or too cold. You used to be able to count on the airlines having blankets on each flight, but this is no longer the case. Wear long pants, dark clothes and bring a sweater along. This will make your flight much more comfortable
#4: Join Global Entry and TSA Pre Check
Airline employees can make use of “crew” lines for immigration. But, even they have a better option, that is available to all U.S. citizens or permanent residents, “Global Entry”. I know of several airline employees that have this because this is even better than a crew “line.” Have you ever seen a “line” at the “Global Entry” kiosk?
All you have to do is run your passport through the kiosk and you are on your way to customs.
TSA Pre Check is similar and can help you get through airport security quicker and you can even leave your shoes on! When you are standing in line waiting there is nothing more frustrating than seeing those who have done some planning whiz through these lines. Just imagine almost eliminating long security and immigration lines!
#5. Pack Lightly
Check your airline’s baggage rules prior to packing. Baggage fees add up quickly and are expensive. Palau has a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Resorts always allow shorts for men and women. Long pants are excess baggage!
#6: Buy Travel Insurance
It is always a good idea to buy travel insurance in case of unforeseen events. Travel insurance will vary from company to company. We recommend coverage that includes health, evacuation, weather delays, missing baggag and missed flights due to weather. Some insurance companies, like M.H. Ross, offer a “cancel for any reason” policy. Click here for details with them or you can contact us and we will help you with it.
Yes, we make a commission on insurance, but this is NOT why it made the list. We have several instances where insurance would have paid. Palau is 8,650 miles from New York, 6,899 miles from Los Angeles, and 7,069 miles from Berlin, Germany, any questions? 🙂
Bonus Palau Travel Tip
One idea is to buy a single use pass for the airline’s premier passenger club. This will give one access to beverages, snacks, internet and showers. Also there are numerous airline representatives in these clubs to assist travelers.
We hope you find these Palau travel tips helpful. If you have any comments please feel free to add them in the comments below.
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