Koror is the most populous city on the largest island in the archipelago of Palau. Most cheap flights to Koror Airport (ROR) have special rates that are only available during specific times, so it pays to do some investigating and schedule your trip during these windows of opportunity. Palau has a tropical climate, and the temperature rarely drops below 70 F or rises above 90 F. Swimmers, divers, and sailors will all enjoy a vacation there.
Facilities at Koror Airport
After you disembark from your flight to Koror Airport (ROR), you'll find that the single terminal has just basic amenities like car rental counters, ticket counters, and an information booth. Most of the other amenities are located a short drive across the Japan-Palau Friendship Bridge in Koror itself. Car rental prices are reasonable, and you can get weekly discounts by negotiating deals with the car rental companies.
Things to Do Near Koror Airport
The islands were occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War, and there are ruins all over the islands that beckon to history buffs. For an interesting story to tell back home, you can visit the local jail to buy traditional Palauan storyboards. The prisoners make and sell the storyboards in order to earn money to give to their families while they're incarcerated. The storyboards at the jail are sold cash-and-carry, and you're encouraged to haggle. If you want to live adventurously at the dinner table, you can order the coconut-crusted fruit bat in the city of Koror. If your palate isn't seeking new horizons, however, you can always find continental and American fare, too. If you're an animal lover, you can swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Pacific. There's even a tour available to a nearby mud bath called Milky Way.
Travel Tips for Koror Airport
Although Palau itself is not a United States territory like Guam or the Northern Marianas Islands, the local economy is based on the United States dollar. Travelers taking cheap flights to Koror Airport (ROR) should be aware that there’s no currency exchange necessary. Interestingly, almost all of the cars on the island are right drives because they're imported from Japan. Due to the heavy American influence, however, Palauans drive on the right side of the road. This disparity can be disconcerting for the first-time traveler, so you should be careful.
If you intend to explore the island by vehicle after taking your flight to Koror Airport (ROR), it's a very good idea to rent a sturdy four-wheel drive. Many of the roads outside the loops that surround Koror are little more than dirt or coral trails through the wilderness and would bog down even the heartiest two-wheel-drive vehicle. If you want to take taxis, there are no meters in the cabs. The drivers carry price sheets that are subject to change from moment to moment, so be sure to ask each time you get into a cab. If you want to drive while in Palau, be sure to visit the American Embassy to get an international driving permit, which will be good for 30 days. If you plan on staying longer in Palau, you'll need to get a full-fledged Palauan driver's license.
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