If you have even a vague interest in World War 2 then Peleliu of Palau is an absolute wet dream. This was where some of the fiercest fighting of the Pacific theatre occurred, and the island is like one big open air museum.
If you’re visiting Koror, a day trip to Peleliu is an absolute must, and a decent change from looking at fish, or eating Fruit Bat.
How do you get to Peleliu?
It’s one hour by boat and usually done as a day trip. We use Palau 7 wonders, and it includes transfer, tour and lunch. There’s a twice daily ferry from Koror, but it takes over two hours…
Is there an airport on Peleliu?
Peleliu International airport baby! Built by the Japanese it still serves some expensive charter flights. Some ferries from Koror also come here.
Can you stay on the island?
There’s lots of hotels, and diving is a big deal here. Restaurants, bars and shops. Peleliu is on the tourist trail.
What is there to do on Peleliu?
World War 2 wreck bonanza! Japanese tanks, American tanks, planes, airfields memorials and buildings, all in the jungle. In some ways it is like the Chernobyl of the Pacific. Nature has taken over these Japanese colonial era buildings. And of course like the rest of Palau you can dive or snorkel on the island.
Any other top tips for visiting?
Do the hike at Bloody Nose to get a 180 degree view of the island. Also get your boat to stop on the way back for a swim in the pristine Pacific Ocean!
This was our first time including Palau, (one of the youngest countries in the world) on our Least Visited Countries Tour. To me it was the standout country of the trip and in some respects reminded me of Palawan. And Peleliu was my highlight of Palau.
Peleliu is like a World War 2 time capsule and no trip to Palau would be complete without coming here.