Palau — the award-winning destination

PalauPalau Visitors Authority, along with seven local tourism industry operators, attended the Marine Diving Fair that was held in Tokyo, Japan from April 5th to 7th 2013. The Marine Diving Fair is an annual consumer show that attracts avid divers and leisure travelers alike from all over Japan in search of preferred exotic and naturally pristine destinations, such as Palau, for their next vacation trips.

In light of another successful Marine Diving Fair seeing over 50,000 visitors to the event, Palau Visitors Authority and the participating seven tourism operators witnessed Palau as a proud recipient of the following Dive & Travel Awards:
• Dive & Travel Awards 2013: 1st Prize for “Best Diving Area, Oversea” – PALAU
• Dive & Travel Awards 2013: 2nd Prize for “Dreaming Area” – PALAU

Ms. Ngedikes Anna Hideo, First Secretary; Embassy of the Republic of Palau in Japan was present at the award ceremony to accept the awards for and on behalf of the Republic of Palau.

For a successful Marine Diving Fair 2013, PVA wishes to thank the followings:
• Ms. Hideo, ROP Embassy in Japan
• Carp Island Resort
• Dolphins Pacific
• IMPAC Tours
• Palau Sport
• Palasia Hotel Palau
• Palau Pacific Resort
• Palau Royal Resort
• United Airlines

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About Palau: Located in the westernmost corner of Micronesia, Palau is an archipelago of more than 586 islands with about 20,000 inhabitants and was the world’s first official Shark Sanctuary, setting the pace for many other destinations to follow suit. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best dive destinations, Palau is the ultimate paradise for the adventurous traveler, boasting some of the most spectacular water features and beaches as well as the world famous, swim friendly Jellyfish Lake and Rock Islands, which was recently inscribed onto United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List. With 1,450 species of fish and 500 species of coral, some have called Palau the “8th Natural Wonder of the World”, while others have identified Palau as “One of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World.” For more information about Palau, please visit

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