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The challenge is keeping it this way – and some people are prepared to accept the cost of doing so. Navot Bornovski, the co-owner of Fish ‘N’ Fins, is adamant that Palau cannot go the way of other tropical destinations, where development has won out. “This is the last place on the planet,” Bornovski said. “When we ruin this, there’s nowhere to go. It’s our time to protect the last stronghold.”

Getting there
Flights to Palau, landing at Palau International Airport on Babeldaob island, are available from Guam and Manila on United Airlines. China Airlines flies there from Taipei, while direct flights are also available from Tokyo Narita with Delta and from Seoul with Korean Air.

Almost all accommodation is in Koror state, either on Koror Island or on other islands linked to Koror by causeways and bridges. The most luxurious option in the country is the Palau Pacific Resort, which has its own private beach, pools and tennis courts. For those on a budget, the DW Motel offers an agreeable no-frills option.





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