3.18.2014

Annual Fishing Derby to Take Place in Palau May 10-11, 2014

The Palau Sports Fishing Association (PSFA) has just announced plans for the 24th Sports Fishing Tournament featuring the Etpison Cup, which will take place May 10-11, 2014 in Palau, Micronesia.
            Prizes range from $100.00 to $30,000.00 in a total of five categories of fish, including Billfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Barracuda/Spanish Macerel and Mahi.
            Registration and qualifications can be found at www.palausportsfishing.com/index.html.
(Note: Registration for the Annual Fishing Derby includes a one-year membership with PSFA)
The Palau Sports Fishing Association is a non-profit, membership based organization that was incorporated in 1991. PSFA is the first sports fishing organization in Palau with the goal to carry out sports fishing competition among anglers every year and entertain sports fishing enthusiasts. PSFA's mission is to promote sports fishing for the benefit of local fishermen, protect fisheries resources and as another diversity of the tourism industry in the Republic of Palau.



Details on the Prizes, Categories and Qualifications


Grand Prize
$30,000
for Billfish
501 lbs. and over

2nd Grand Prize
$15,000
for Billfish
401 to 500 lbs.

3rd Grand Prize
$10,000
for Billfish
301 to 400 lbs.

Baby Grand Prize*
$5,000
for Billfish
201 to 300 lbs.

*An additional $100 is required to participate

TROLLING CATEGORIES & PRIZES
Saturday & Sunday, May 10-11, 2014 - 5:00am to 5:00pm



1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

1. Billfish

$2,000

$1,500

$1,000





2. Tuna
(Yellowfin, Dogtooth, Bluefin)

$1,000

$700

$500

$400

$300

3. Wahoo

$1,000

$700

$500

$300

$200

4. Barracuda/Spanish Mackerel

$1,000

$700

$500

$200

$100

5. Mahi

$1,000

$700

$500

$200

$100

LADIES BOTTOM FISHING DERBY
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 5:00am to 5:00pm.



1st

2nd

3rd





Bottom Fishing Derby

$700

$500

$300





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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 www.visit-palau.com.

3.06.2014

Palau Vistors Authority Welcomes New Managing Director


Palau Visitors Authority (PVA), the official tourism office for the Republic of Palau, Micronesia, has recently appointed Ms. Nanae Singeo as their new Managing Director.


Ms. Singeo comes in with an extensive background in marketing as well as in management. Most recently, Ms. Singeo was the Brand Manager for Proctor and Gamble in Japan. She has over 18 years experience in Sales and Marketing in Japan, China and Singapore; she had travelled to many different countries and had chose to make Palau her home.

Ms. Singeo attended Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Ms. Singeo is very proud to be a member of the Palau Visitors Authority team and she looks forward to working with the team and with the local tourism industry partners. Ms. Nanae Singeo can be reached at: nanaesingeo.pva@visit-palau.com or (680) 488-2793. 

2.26.2014

Why does Palau make a Great Travel Story? It's as easy as ABC...

Palau is an outdoor wonderland filled with activities, adventure and culture.  The best way to sum up the natural assets of this Micronesian paradise is an “alphabet soup” of options, as per below.

 

Alligators, aboard the River Jungle Boat Cruise
Betel nut, the nut of the betel palm that in small doses generally leads to euphoria and increased flow of energy
Coral Reef Center, an educational environment designed to inform guests of Palau about the destination’s rich marine biodiversity
Diving, of course, it’s the number one scuba diving destination in the world
Elilai, perhaps Palau’s freshest restaurant, featuring a bounty of locally caught fish and seafood along with organic vegetables
Fruit Bat Soup, other than the fish and seafood, this is Palau’s most bizarredish
Giant clams, Palau is home of 7 out of 9 species of clams in the world
History, a matriarchal society, Palau is full of rich cultural heritage, architecture and folklore
Intriguing, everything about this destination has an intriguing tale, from the history and people to the adventures and eco-culture
Jellyfish Lake, the only place in the world where one can safely swim with jellyfish
Kiss of a dolphin at Dolphin’s Pacific
Live-a-boards, one of the most popular forms of accommodations for divers
Milky Way, this locale is nature’s spa and the source of a white “beauty cream” for which millionaires around the globe pay hundreds of dollars
Ngardmau Waterfall, the hike in may be a bit treacherous, but well worth the effort
Olechotel Belau Fair, annual cultural and arts & crafts fair in July
Palau, simply the best place on Earth!
Quiet lagoons, only accessible via kayak
Rock Islands, renowned iconic image of Palau
Storyboards, the native art form that illustrates cultural legends
Tons of underwater wildlife with over 1,300 species of fish and more than 700 species of coral
Underwater wonder of the world, according to CEDAM International, an American-based non-profit group for divers, dedicated to ocean preservation and research
Views…no matter where you are or where you go, above or below the water, the views are truly all over the place and the more stunning than any other place on earth
World War II history, visit Peleliu known as the home of one of the war’s bloodiest battle
X-clusive tours for families, divers, adventure seekers from the destination’s many tour operators
Yap Stone Money, neighboring island of Yap quarried their huge stone money from Palau’s limestone --- “Quarry in Palau and Bank in Yap”
Zero Fighter or “Zeke” was Japan’s most popular and lethal airplane during WWII and one is now anchored on a shallow reef in Palau, available for snorkel viewing at the Ngaremediu Reef

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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 www.visit-palau.com.

9.25.2013

Palau Vistor's Authority Names New Managing Director


Palau Visitors Authority (PVA), the official tourism bureau of the destination of Palau, Micronesia, has recently appointed Mr. Marvin Ngirutang as the Managing Director for PVA.

Most recently, Mr. Ngirutang was the Deputy Chief of Mission for the Manila’s Palau Embassy.  Additionally, he has held the following appointments throughout his career:
Charge d’Affairs for Palau Embassy Taipei; Deputy Permanent Representative for Palau Mission to the United Nations; and Minister Counselor for Palau Embassy, Washington DC.
            Mr. Ngirutang attended University of Hawaii where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  He also attended England’s Birmingham University to earn his PGD in International Relations and England’s Oxford University to earn his Fellow on Law of the Sea.
            Marvin Ngirutang can be reached at mngirutang.pva@visit-palau.com or (680) 488-2793.
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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 www.visit-palau.com

8.24.2013

Notice to the Public: Republic of Palau Approves Import Tax on Tobacco Products

On July 31, 2013 Tommy Remengesau, Jr., President of the Republic of Palau, approved RRPL No. 9-7 to amend section 1301 imposition of import tax, as follows:  “Every person who imports into the Republic (of Palau) any products, regardless of purpose, such as cigarettes, shall be assessed and levied and shall pay taxes at the following rates:
(1)  Cigarettes: from the effective date of this Act to December 31, 2013 - $2.00 and from January 1, 2014to December 31, 2014 - $3.00, and from January 1, 2015 onward - $4.00 per 0.17 kilograms (approximately .06 ounces), which is the weight of a pack of twenty (20) cigarettes two inches in length, not including filter; provided that persons arriving in the Republic by common carrier may bring in up to one (1) pack of u to twenty (20) cigarettes without taxation;
(2)  All other tobacco products, other than cigarettes, including any products consisting of or containing the processed leaves of plants from the genus Nicotania or species tobacum used for smoking, chewing or a snuff, and including all products, which contain tobacco in any form in an amount that is more than an incidental ingredient or component and that is intended for human consumption and may include all parts and materials, such as filters, rods and similar matter - $2.00 from the effective date of this act to December 31, 2013, $3.00 from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014, and $4.00 from January 1, 2015 onward per 0.17 kilograms (approximately .06 ounces) for cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, or loose smoking tobacco; provided that persons arriving in the Republic by common carrier may bring in either one (1) cigar or three (3) ounces of pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, or loose smoking tobacco, without taxation.
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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 www.visit-palau.com

7.29.2013

Palau, Micronesia Features New Helicopter Service


Palau is home to another new helicopter tour operator, Rock Island Helicopters, which operates a Bell 206 jet Ranger helicopter out of Malakal. Palau veteran pilot Matt Harris is at the helm.
Rock Island Helicopters offers 20, 40, and 60 minute scenic flights, as well as special charters for photography and wildlife surveys. There is no extra charge for doors-off photography charters.
For more information, email rockislandhelicopters@yahoo.com or visitwww.rockislandhelicopters.com.


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 www.visit-palau.com

7.11.2013

Palau, Micronesia Has Over 235 Manta Rays

According to one of Palau's eco-tourism partners, Etpison Museum, this Micronesian destination is home to at least 235 different manta rays, which have been recently photo identified as of June, 2013. All of the Palau belly IDs, dramatic photos and information on Palau manta rays can be viewed on the newly updated www.mantaIDpalau.org website, one of the ongoing awareness projects of the non-profit Etpison Museum.

The museum will continue to work with different states in Palau in the next few years to identify new manta feeding and cleaning sites and make suggestions for site management. The project only uses non-invasive survey methods like time-lapse cameras, snorkeling, diving and helicopter surveys to learn more about the mantas movements around Palau's reefs and identify new potential tourist sites.

As of June 2013, the Palau Project has joined with the Manta Trust organization (www.mantatrust.org), whose worldwide efforts on behalf of manta rays will now include Palau and give the destination access to the latest research and manta ray experts and scientists around the world. Local partners assisting the Palau Manta ID Project include the Palau Pacific Resort, the Palau Conservation Society, the Coral Reef Research Foundation, Rock Island Helicopters and Neco Marine.

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 www.visit-palau.com

The Path to Palau

For those who happen to be Survivor fans, there is no need to introduce the incredible destination of Palau. Consistently ranked as one of the world's best dive destinations, Palau is the ultimate paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurous travelers.