Land Tours

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Most visitors experience Palau in the water, though Palau has much to offer on land! Sam’s Tours invites you to explore Babeldaob, the main island with the story of the magnificent nature, history, and culture its trails tell; or tour Koror, the main tourist area, where museums, Palau’s aquarium, and shops offer a nearby glimpse of Palau. 

Babeldaob (North Water, literal translation from Palauan) is the only volcanic island of Palau (while the rest are limestone), and is the second largest island in Micronesia after Guam. It inhabitants 30% of Palau’s 21,000 residents, and thus is mostly jungle, hills and rivers. The island is home to spectacular tropical flowers and flora, endemic birds, salt water crocodiles.

Historically, the population of Palau mainly resided in the Rock Islands, and due to the war between the clans, families migrated to Babeldaob, populating the coastline and the river mouths.

During the Japanese occupation, Babeldaob included a large pineapple plantation, a Bauxite mining area, and various agricultural centers, feeding the Japanese troops in all of the Pacific during WWII.

Upon the completion of the Compact road in 2007, built by the US government, Babeldaod became easily accessible and highly appreciated by locals and tourists alike.

Babeldaob offers beautiful waterfalls, cultural and historical sites from ancient Palauan time including Bai (traditional meeting house for the men), the mythical Stone Monoliths at Badrulchau dating back to 161 A.D, ancient terraces and nowadays small farms, WWII relics, mangroves, nature trails and a sneak peek to Palauan people’s lives, from past to present.

Join our guides on a journey to Bebeldaob’s beautiful scenery, and learn of the Palauan people history and culture. Sam’s Tours offers two tours in the Babeldaob, a cultural land tour and a naturalist tour.

Cultural Land Tour

Witness the history of Palau and learn about the rich culture of the island on our cultural land tour. Discover WWII relics and ancient Palauan remains; visit a Bai (traditional meeting house for men); hike through the jungle and a river to the Japanese Bauxite mining area at the magnificent Ngardmau waterfall; visit the modern capital building with its phenomenal views of Babeldaob oceanfront; see the Stone Monoliths, stone faces dating back to 161 A.D, at the north tip of the island, offering exceptional views of the ocean and on clear days, the southern tip of Kayangle, the northern island of Palau, can be seen. 

Naturalist Land Tour

Enjoy a scenic drive around Babeldaob, learn about the local plants, check out wild orchids, poison trees, and ancient taro patches. Hike the Ngchesar waterfall with its forest-like vegetation; walk the Ngerdok Lake Conservation Area where unique birds and salt water crocodiles reside; visit the Taiwanese Mission Agricultural center, a role model farm where you walk around, learn about, and taste tropical fruits, such as giant guava, papaya, dried hibiscus, dragon fruit and much more; visit Biota, Palau's pioneer fish hatchery and learn about aquaculture and its importance in conservation efforts. The tour includes 2-3 of the above stops; tour route may vary due to state ranger's hours. 

Both land tours are a great experience for all ages; the cultural land tour is more suitable for young children and older folks, as guests can use the monorail in Ngardmau waterfall instead of hiking down and up, and refrain from much walking. Monorail ride is at additional cost.

What should you bring: comfortable footwear, hat, sunscreen, light rain jacket, swimsuit (If you choose to get wet in the waterfall) and most importantly, your camera! Water, lunch and refreshments are provided on all Sam's Tours activities.

Highlights of Koror

Koror, one of Palau’s states, is the center of Palau, where most of the population resides. Hotels, restaurants, government offices, museum, shops, schools, and institutions are located in Koror, offering a variety of attractions.

Sam’s Tours Highlights of Koror Tour is a half day guided city tour, offering a glimpse into Palau’s history, with a visit to the museum; learn about Palau’s bio-diversity through a visit to the Aquarium along with a clam farm; and, upon request, visit the jail gift shop, where you can see traditional storyboards, with over 30 ancient Palauan tales carved on local wood, produced by inmates in a rehabilitation project.

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