Alii & Welcome to Palau!

Thank you for visiting. While you are here, we want you to have an enjoyable time visiting our spectacular islands. For generations the Palauan people have taken great care of the wonder that you see around you. We hope that you will help us continue to do so today. By being a responsible visitor, you become a partner in our community efforts to conserve and protect Palau’s rich biodiversity, and natural heritage. Please follow the tips below to ensure that Palau continues to be “Pristine Paradise.Palau”.

PLEASE PRACTICE RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

Learn about Palau and our culture

  • Take a few minutes to learn about our rich culture & traditions.
  • Dress and behave appropriately in villages, religious and cultural areas.
  • Respect personal boundaries. Do not enter private properties. Take care of our environment
  • Dispose of rubbish properly, recycle where possible.
  • Mindful use of resources: minimize water and energy usage.
  • Apply the 4 Rs: Reduce, reuse, recycle, and refuse (i.e., plastic. Protect wildlife)
  • Do not touch, handle, stand on any species from the reef, including corals and other marine species such as turtles, clams, sharks, etc.
  • Do not hunt, buy or eat endangered species and feed or disturb wildlife. Support local initiatives
  • Purchase local products, arts and crafts, but not products from endangered species such as turtles, clams and corals.

Thank you for guaranteeing that your visit is a positive experience for both you and the people of Palau.

The Palau Responsible Tourism campaign benefits from the support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation with the website address, www.fpa2.com and the Marsila Foundation via the Global Greengrants Fund.

Palau has become the first country to update its immigration policy and landing procedures to implement such legislation, aimed at preserving its vibrant culture and the beauty of its natural environment for future generations. It also hopes that other countries will follow suit to protect the planet for children worldwide. When tourists arrive, they will be asked to sign the Pledge to protect our environment for our children.

Palau has created a world-first conservation pledge, stamped in passports for visitors to sign a declaration to protect its environment and culture for the next generation. This compulsory promise is made directly to the children of Palau, to preserve this country, their home. On December 7, 2017, Palau became the first country to update its immigration policy and landing procedures to implement legislation with the goal of preserving Palau’s vibrant culture and the beauty of natural environment for future generations. Based on the Palauan tradition of BUL* and written with the help of Palau’s children, the Palau Pledge will be stamped and signed in the passports of every visitor.

The pioneering project draws attention to the ecological challenges related to tourism, with the future of the Palauan children in mind. It further seeks to change the damaging impact of human activity on the local ecosystem, especially as the number of visitors to the island continues to rise. Palau has a long history of world-firsts in conservation. It was the first country to create a shark sanctuary in its national waters, the first to ban the destructive practice of bottom trawling, and in 2015, Palau’s leadership created the Palau National Marine Sanctuary: the largest fully-protected, no-take zone in the world. And all of Palau hopes that other countries will follow suit to protect this planet for the children worldwide.

For more information visit The Palau Pledge

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