Tourists trickle into Micronesia

Palau diver
A tourist takes pictures of a Moorish Idol spawning aggregation in Palau. These aggregations are only known from a limited number of locations around the world. The marine life of Palau is a huge draw for tourists. PHOTO: Richard Brooks/Lightning Strike Media Productions

By Bernadette Carreon

Palau’s cautious return to tourism this year is being closely watched by its neighbours as it has had to respond to fluctuating case numbers in its tourism source markets.

Palau slowly reopened its borders on May 30 for fully vaccinated travellers.

With two flights a week from Taiwan and a regular weekly flight from Guam, President Surangel Whipps Jr said the country is shifting from COVID-free to COVID-safe.

When Palau and Taiwan opened a "sealed corridor" between the two countries, the government was hopeful it would jump-start the tourism recovery so sorely needed. As expected, progress was slow, as challenges such as the high . . .

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