Palau - often referred to as Belau - consists of the far-western portion of the Caroline Islands, including the larger islands of Angaur, Babulthuap, Eil Malk, Koror, Peleiu and Urukthapel.
For over 30 years it was a part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific under United States administration. It finally gained its total independence in 1994.
Palau is a beautiful tropical paridise, and one of the true unspoiled destinations on the planet. Most of the 100-plus islands are small low-lying coral islands, ringed by barrier reefs. The exception is mountainous Babulthuap, volcanic in origin.
The economy revolves around agriculture and fishing, but scuba diving in the pristine reefs is a growing-in-popularity tourism activity.
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Facts and Figures
Official Name Palau
Capital City Koror (11,100)
Languages English, Palauan, others
Official Currency US Dollar
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Religions Christian (50%), others
Land Area 508 sq km (196 sq miles)
Latitude/Longitude 7º 30N, 134º 30E
Highest Point Mt Ngerchelchuus 715 ft. (215 m)
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Palau Large Color Map here
Palau Map CIA version here
Palau Outline Map here
Palau Maps at UT here
Oceania Maps here
Palau (Complete) information on the (GDP) overall economy, imports and exports, resources, government, population, military, transportation, and more here
Palau PBS Site here
Palau Diving here
Palau Island Site here
Palau NET here
Palau Photos here
Palau Tourism here
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Climate With its location to the immediate north of the Equator, Palau's weather is hot and humid throughout the year.
Average daily high temps are in the low 80s. Rain falls throughout the year, but most occurs from May to November.
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