Palau is a republic consisting of islands in the western Pacific, relatively close to the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. It consists of about 500 islands and islets of volcanic and coral origin. Only eight islands are inhabited, but each, even the smallest island, is rich in life, both on the island and in the waters that surround them. That is why Palau is considered one of the most popular places for snorkeling and diving in the whole world. The fairytale beaches with fine white sand and tropical vegetation add to the impression of paradise on earth.