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  1. Heiko
    Heiko at |

    Free diving is much cheaper (MAML takes 60$ pP for a whole day boot trip). Next to the small islands of Ngeruktabel (at best reached by kayaking, check paddlingpalau.net) you will learn why this place is called the ‘Serengeti of the Sea’. But the big fishes at the famous spots like Blue Corner are out of reach even for those who can go below 20m because of very strong currents.

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  2. Richman
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    Free diving isn’t for everyone. I have to say your suggestion is not very good, sorry. And like you said the best dive sites are thus not reachable so what is the point? Saving money on diving can be done by bring some of your own gear. Rentals become expensive over time. Gets annoying if you do a long trip if not much diving involved I suppose.

    Palau is expensive. All of those Islands are (Guam, Saipan, Micronesia), I also stayed at a cheap hotel for my last night because I was flying out late and didn’t want to pay the extra night at a resort.

    Food at the supermarket are really decent prices. The restaurants aren’t always expensive but after spending so much on activities and fees huh. $160 for departure tax?

    And I heard they want to limit the Chinese tourists from coming because they destroy the environment with wreckless scuba diving. I think $160 might just do that…and take other tourists along. “Hidden” fees like that are scum. We were shocked it is $50… most countries include it in the ticket but then the tickets would be even more expensive and nobody would come…pff

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    1. Nikki @ OutofYourComfortZone
      Nikki @ OutofYourComfortZone at |

      Hi again Richman! Thanks for leaving us another comment.

      Well, to be honest, I don’t know how to dive so I really can’t say much about either diving or free diving 🙂 I guess it could be a thing of personal preference and what you are comfortable with.

      No, unfortunately Palau is never going to be as cheap as SE Asia or South America. We tried to visit it the cheapest we could (while not sacrificing too much on activities) but it still wasn’t one of the cheapest destinations we’ve visited. Not by a long shot. We still found the price to be completely worth the experience, though.

      We were also pleasantly surprised by the food prices. Like I said, our favorite were the bento boxes from the convenience stores. We did a bit of cooking at our Airbnb (eggs, pasta, etc.) although, honestly, the place was so disgusting we didn’t really want to have anything to do with the kitchen.

      Yes, the fees really are ridiculous. I guess the hope with that is to limit certain types of tourists (such as ones like us “backpackers”) and thus only attract the “elite” ones with the big bucks…. as well as prevent overcrowding (like you were saying). We’ll just have to see how that affects their tourism. I’ve heard other people say that this could be the future of tourism in small countries that can’t sustain large numbers of visitors and really only want ones who will spend a lot of money. I guess you could look at Bhutan’s $250 daily fee minimum as an example.

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  3. przemkowski
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    Could you say something about camping on Palau, please? Is possible to pitch own tent, make an open fire, use any source to wash? Did you see any campings or tents on savage beaches or in a jungle. Is it save anyway? And last but not least, is possible to do it for free or I have to pay as for everything on Palau? ? I would be appreciate for any info. By the way, thank you for many worth information, great job!

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    1. Nikki @ OutofYourComfortZone
      Nikki @ OutofYourComfortZone at |

      Hi there!

      Thanks for the comment; that was a good question. To be honest, we didn’t do any camping nor did we see anyone else camping. I’ve heard that many people camp somewhere in the Rock Islands (usually getting there via boat/kayak). I don’t believe you need to pay anything extra to camp there and I think you can basically choose any island you want, but you do need to pay $100 for a Rock Island Permit. This permit, however, also covers Jellyfish Lake (which I assume you would be going to) so it’s probably something you would be getting anyways.

      I’m not really sure about camping on the other islands/areas like Koror and Peleliu. There’s not that much control so you’d probably be fine setting up camp anywhere, but, as I didn’t try it myself, I’m not 100% sure. Saying that, Palau did actually feel very safe and the locals are very helpful/friendly so I doubt they would mind. I would imagine the only fees you would have to pay are the permits (such as the Rock Island one) for various islands. You would need to pay these fees anyways just to step foot on the islands, so I don’t think you would need extra to camp.

      In the case of Koror, if you would feel more comfortable having a designated place to camp, I think some of the Airbnb options (especially from MAML Divers like we mentioned in the article) have tent options.

      If you have more questions about camping in specific places, I’d really recommend you contact the Palau Visitor’s Center. We found them to be super helpful and gave us lots of good info. They have an office in downtown Koror that is worth stopping into. Otherwise, you can contact them beforehand via the phone number or email here: http://pristineparadisepalau.com/about-pva/about-contact.html

      If you have any other Palau or travel-related questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again! Otherwise, enjoy your trip to Palau…. it really is an incredible place 🙂

      Nikki

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