Book Cheap Flights to Palau

Surrender to warm island rhythms, healing lagoons, and magical underwater landscapes

Palau is the jewel of Micronesia. It is a wonderland of surreal tropical beauty, World War II relics, healing lagoons, a lake of golden jellyfish, and the “Serengeti of the ocean”. Palau is home to over 250 islands and a population of more than 20,000 people. Popular attractions include the Rock Islands, Giant Clam Beach, and Babelomekang.

Get ready to discover a paradise in the Pacific Ocean with cheap flights to Palau. The hub airport is Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (ROR), which is a 20-minute drive from Koror, the heart of Palau. The airport serves a multitude of airlines, including China Airlines, Korean Air, and United Airlines. Popular connecting flights to Palau depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 23 hours and 5 minutes.

Why visit Palau

palau diving paradise

Diving Paradise

Palau is a dream destination for divers. Some of the best dive sites include the famous Blue Corner, otherworldly Blue Holes, Chuyo Maru and Helmet Wreck, and iconic German Channel.

palau historical relics

Historical Relics

On land and beneath the waves, Palau abounds with fascinating historical attractions. Babeldaob Island is home to mysterious megalithic sites, while Peleliu Island is scattered with relics and ruins from WWII.

palau milky way

Milky Way

This secluded lagoon within the Rock Islands tempts travellers with its electric blue water and limestone mud that is said to make those who bathe in it look ten years younger.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency United States Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 USD
Language Palauan / English
Hub Airport Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (ROR)
Airline Palau Pacific Airways
Time Zone GMT+9
Travel Adaptor Type A & B

Best time to visit Palau

Palau experiences a tropical rainforest climate with a dry season between December and March and rainy season from April to November. The islands experience moderate rainfall throughout the year. Although there is no “best time” to visit Palau, the high season for diving is from December to March. For cheap flights to Palau, the best time to visit is from May to June and September.

Weather & Climate in Palau

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C
High °C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 287 207 198 228 310 392 421 376 308 333 273 305

Low key and lost in the middle of the Pacific, in a magical stretch of ocean known as Micronesia, Palau is a place that is hard to reach and impossible to forget. The islands have been around since about 2500 BCE and comprise of more than 300 islands and islets.

Secret beaches and beautiful lagoons lace between emerald mounds known as the Rock Islands, an iconic group of limestone islands between Koror and Peleliu. The Rock Islands and surrounding reefs are home to some of the most spectacular dive spots in Palau. They were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.

Dubbed "the underwater Serengeti”, Palau is a dream destination for divers and snorkellers. Unforgettable dive spots include: the Blue Holes, German Channel, Chandelier Cave, Blue Corner, Ngemelis Wall, Ngerchong Coral Gardens, and famed Siaes Tunnel.

For nature lovers, adventurers, and history buffs, the island of Babeldaob unfolds like an explorer's map: ancient paths carve through dense jungle that hide beautiful freshwater lakes, magnificent waterfalls, old hillside terraces and villages, relics from World War II, and mysterious Badrulchau monoliths carved with ethereal faces.

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South African passport holders do not require a visa for stays up to 30 days. You will need to ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your date of arrival.

The closest representation is the South African Commission in Canberra, Australia.

Address: Rhodes Place, State Circle, Yarralumla, ACT 2600

Phone: + 61 2 6272 7300

Fax: + 61 2 6273 1033

Palau is generally considered a safe destination. However, petty crime does happen, so you should use common sense and ensure your valuables are secure at all times. Travel insurance is recommended. You should also familiarise yourself with the local laws and customs before arriving in Palau.

A significant number of explosives are left over from World War II (particularly in Peleliu and Angaur) so caution is recommended when diving or exploring the islands. Although there are no signs, saltwater crocodiles are present in the mangroves so caution should be taken.

A vaccination certificate for yellow fever is required if you are travelling from a country with risk of transmission. Precautions should be taken to avoid mosquito bites, as Zika virus, chikungunya, and dengue fever are a risk in Palau. Recommended vaccinations include: hepatitis A & B, typhoid, rabies, MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, meningitis, varicella, polio and influenza. Stick to bottled water.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Ngerulmud
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 100.00 R 120.00 R 190.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 30.00 R 30.00 R 40.48
Cappuccino (Regular) R 23.42 R 24.06 R 68.00
Taxi 1 km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 23.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 39.50 R 40.00 R 122.00
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