Getting there: 5D4N package will cost in the region of NT$23,000. There are only 3 hotels in the country that “cater to tourists,” and one is scheduled for demolition this coming week. Our hotel was KMT-owned lump of concrete not on the beach, but on ther main drag. Add another NT$5,000 for the posh one on the beach, or US$25 per day just to walk on their sacred sands, if you are not a resident there.
Beers cost US$1 per can in the shops, and US$4 or US$5 per can in the hotels. Don’t have to be a genius to figure where to go shopping.
Organized boat tours around the islands for groups will cost about US$100 per day (lunchtime BBQ / drinks and all snorkelling gear provided).
Diving will cost about US$30 for full dive kit rental for the day, and something like US$60 for combined boat transport and divemaster for a single dive.
Palau gov’t charges tourists insurance of US$15 to cover watersports-related emergencies (though one payment will cover the entire stay.)
But (and i guess you only find this out after you get there) there are cheap hotels in the offing. One hotel we stumbled upon opposite our KMT hotel offered rooms for US$27.50 a night, according to one cabbie we met.
Well, I’ll be wiser next time I go there, but be warned, this is a “country” of just 20,000 people, there is basically one main road, the length of which can be travelled in about 15 minutes.
It’s tiny, it’s developing, but if you are a serious dive enthusiast and have never seen sunken Japanese fighter planes and warships, it’s certainally worth a vist. Some of the wrecks, by the way, are within 5m or so of the surface, and can be explored and even photographed by snorkellers.