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19 Feb

My Palau adventure – Part III

Peleliu Island Bloody Beach

The last part of my Palau adventure began on the island of Peleliu, where one of the most important battles between Americans and Japanese took place in World War II

The island is full of remnants reminiscent of the bloody battle. Rusty tanks, guns, and holes in Mount Umurbrogol, from where the  Japanese were defending themselves.

Photos by Rares Pulbere

Peleliu Island World War II Palau Travel

I was telling you in the previous post that we stayed at Storyboard, a complex of 6 houses overlooking the beach. The place is very well maintained, good food, but in the evening is better to stay indoors because it is full of insects, crabs and other creatures.

Storyboard Hotel Peleliu Island Palau Travel

Storyboard Hotel Peleliu Island Palau Travel

In fact the whole island has live beaches in the evening. I do not recommend to venture and I’m telling you from my own experience because we tried to see the stars on the beach, but we quit immediately.

The most beautiful way is to discover the island by bike. It has 13 square kilometers and very few main roads, making it easy to explore on bike. The rest of the island is a jungle and you should be cautious if you want to try the back roads.

Biking in Peleliu Island Palau Travel

The most beautiful beaches are Honeymoon Beach and Bloody Beach.

Bloody Beach Peleliu Island Palau Travel

Honey Moon Beach Peleliu Island Palau Travel

Upon returning to Koror we chose to travel by boat and on this occasion we visited many places of interest in Palau. Snorkeling in the The German Chanel, where we saw the most colorful and varied species of fish, white mud treatment with mud taken directly from the bottom of the Milky Way lake, and the usual stops on various islands for lunch. Each island has something special and it is a pleasure to discover it.

Snorkeling in German Channel, Palau Island

Milky Way, Palau Island

After this adventure a relaxing day and walk to the museum was welcomed. Actually two museums. Belau National Museum is the oldest museum in Micronesia and has a beautiful garden where you can relax. Etipson Museum hosts all sorts of debris on the island even shark teeth, which you can also buy as souvenirs.

No more water and beach for today! Just enjoying this small crowded #koror. Happy Monday!!!!

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In the evening we drank a cocktail at Palau Pacific Resort and saw the most spectacular sunset on the island.

Palau Pacific resort sunset in Palau Island

And because we had good weather during our stay, the island gave us in our last day here, a „small” storm. Which wouldn’t have been a problem if we did not had an organized tour on Carp Island. The boat ride was relatively quiet, but when we arrived it started pouring down. Even if the torrential rain and wind stopped at one point, the drizzle didn’t left us to enjoy much of this beautiful island. It is a beautiful place and it’s on my accommodation wishlist, if I’m ever gonna get back to this corner of the world.

Carp island Palau

With my flip flop sliding through the mud and with an improvised cape (because my  blue dress was all wet) we toured the mangroves and millions of shells of creatures, to the beach with white sand and turquoise water, scenery you see only in movies.

Mangrove Carp island Palau

Carp Island Plau

The day wasn’t totally wasted  and we tried to enjoy the scenery as much as the weather allowed us.

We ended the evening triumphantly with a bat soup, which shook social media. Yes, it was disgusting and I would never eat it. Rares still lives after eating it and says it tastes like duck, but dull. I skipped gladly over supper and made many memories at a large table full of Czechs and Romanians. Aaa. I forgot to tell you that I met two Romanians at the end of the world, with whom we remained friends.

Bat Soup Dinner Palau Island

That is the beauty of travel. Discover new people, new cultures and feel rich suddenly.

And with this positive energy I was ready for a three days plane ride, sleeping in my seat, Taipei trip and my meeting with Amsterdam.

The shock was quite high when you go from 30 degrees to 4 degrees, but it was worth it and it is a on big wish list.

Amsterdam Palau Island KLM

I do not know if I managed to describe in these three posts, all I experienced in Palau, but if you ever want to get there and you need advice, do  not forget to write me  and I’ll help you with everything I know.

I wish you a life of amazing journeys and discoveries,

Kiss, kiss.

Milky Way Palau Island Travel

Evening in Peleliu Island Palau Travel

Ultima parte a aventurii mele in Palau a inceput pe insula Peleliu, unde s-a dat una din cele mai importante batalii intre americani si japonezi in al II-lea razboi mondial.

Insula este plina de ramasite care amintesc de batalia sangeroasa. Tancuri ruginite, tunuri, dar si gaurile din muntele Umurbrogol,de unde se aparau japonezii.

World War II Peleliu Island Palau Travel

Va povesteam in postul anterior ca am stat la Storyboard, un complex de 6 casute din lemn cu vedere la plaja. Locul este foarte bine ingrijit, mancare buna, dar seara este mai bine sa stati in interior pentru ca este plin de insecte, crabi si alte vietati.

Storyboard Hotel Peleliu Island Palau Travel

De fapt toata insula are plaje vii pe inserat. Nu va recomand sa va aventurati si va zic din experienta pentru ca am incercat sa vedem stelele de pe plaja, dar am renuntat imediat.

Cel mai frumos este sa descoperiti insula pe bicicleta. Are 13 km patrati si foarte putine drumuri principale, ceea ce face sa fie usor de explorat pe bicicleta. Restul insulei este o adevarata jungla si va recomand sa fiti prudenti, daca vreti sa incercati drumurile laturalnice.

Biking in Peleliu Island palau travel

Cele mai frumoase plaje sunt Honeymoon Beach si Bloody Beach.

Bloody Beach Peleliu Island Palau travel

Honeymoon beach Peleliu Island Palau Travel

La intoarcerea in Koror am ales sa venim cu barca si cu ocazia aceasta am vizitat multe puncte de interes din Palau. Snorkeling in The German Chanel, unde am vazut cele mai colorate si variate specii de pesti, tratament cu un namol alb, luat direct de pe fundul lacului Milky Way, dar si obisnuitele stopuri pe diferite insule pentru masa de pranz. Fiecare insula are ceva aparte si este o placere sa le descoperi.

Milky Way Palau Travel

Snorkeling in German Channel Palau Travel

Dupa aceasta aventura o zi relaxata si o plimbare la muzeu a fost bine venita. De fapt 2 muzee. Belau National Museum este cel mai vechi muzeu din Micronezia si are o gradina frumoasa in care te poti relaxa. Etipson Museum adaposteste tot felul de ramasite de pe insula pana la dinti de rechini, pe care de altfel puteti sa ii cumparati ca suveniruri.

Iar seara am baut un cocktail la Palau Pacific Resort si am vazut cel mai spectaculos apus de pe insula.

Palau Pacific Resort sunset Palau Travel

Si pentru ca in general am avut vreme foarte buna, insula ne-a lasat pentru ultima noastra zi aici, o „mica” furtuna. Ceea ce nu ar fi fost o problema, daca nu aveam un tur organizat pe Carp Island. Drumul cu barca pana acolo a fost relativ linistit, dar in momentul in care am ajuns s-a dezlantuit cerul. Chiar daca ploaia torentiala si vantul s-au oprit la un moment dat, ploaia marunta nu ne-a lasat sa ne bucuram prea mult de aceasta insulita superba. Este un loc superb si pentru cazare pus pe lista mea, in cazul in care o sa mai ajung vreodata in acest colt de lume.

Cu papucii lipaind prin noroi si cu o pelerina improvizata (pentru ca rochia mea albastra era uda toata) am facut un tur printre mangrove si milioane de cochilii de vietati, pana la plaja cu nisip alb si apa turquoise,  peisaje pe care le vezi doar in filme.

Carp Island Palau Travel

Pana la urma ziua nu a fost irosita total si am incercat sa ne bucuram de peisaj atat cat ne-a permis vremea.

Iar seara am incheiat-o apoteotic cu ciorba de liliac, care a facut inconjurul social media. Da, era scarboasa si nu as manca niciodata asa ceva. Rares inca traieste si zice ca are gust de rata, dar mai fada. Eu am sarit bucuroasa peste masa de seara si am ramas cu amintirile si cu multe povesti de la o masa mare plina de cehi si 3 romani. Aaa. Am uitat sa va spun ca am cunoscut 2 romani la capatul lumii, cu care am ramas prieteni.

Bat soup dinner Palau Travel

Asta este frumusetea de a calatori. Descoperi oameni noi, culturi noi si te simti bogat dintr-o data.

Si cu aceasta energie pozitiva eram gata de 3 zile cu avionul, dormit in fund, plimbare in Taipei si intalnirea mea cu orasul Amsterdam.

Socul a fost destul de mare atunci cand treci de la 30 de grade la 4 grade, dar a meritat si este pe un wishlist extins.

Amsterdam palau travel

Nu stiu daca am reusit sa descriu in aceste 3 posturi, tot ce am experimentat in Palau, dar daca vreodata va doriti sa ajungeti acolo si aveti nevoie de sfaturi, nu uitati sa imi scrieti si va ajut cu tot ce stiu.

Calatorii frumoase.

Kiss, kiss

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