Travel Blogs from Koror
At the moment of writing we have been in Palau almost 1 week. We're staying in a beautiful resort, the Carolines, which is located on top of a hill covered with a thick jungle. Surrounded by beautiful flowers, birds, toads and gecko’s, we enjoy a fantastic view over a bay of Rock islands.
Palau is famous for it’s Rock Islands …
... seaplane was shot down in the bay. What is left is a nice, shallow and quick end of the day dive to check out the wreck. The plane itself has been broken into two pieces with the tail being separated from the rest of the plane. Because the plane sunk so long ago there is some coral growth on it and quite a bit of fish life swimming around.
Our diving day done we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner at the Italian place across the ...
... carved name a few feet away, and before you know it, they are tag-teaming on the river rock.
I wasn't sure what to expect, but as we emerged from the trees into the waterfall's rest area, I was not entirely impressed, although it was still very pretty. The waterfall was only a partial waterfall, and I assumed that during the dry season, the waterfall dries up and trickles.
"We can climb up there!" Emma pointed under the waterfall. "People do it ...
... But not only were the sharks attracted, but all types of fish appeared from nowhere and they swarmed around the food. About ten minutes later, the guide, Chi, dives down with a bag of raw meat. He holds it till he's a good distance underwater and then lets the meat and blood out, then leaves for air. Seeing the blood dissipate in the ocean is unsettling. Another thing you should notice is the baitball at the bottom of the ...
... to explore the nearby Rock Islands- DH refused the offer of a double kayak, aka divorce boat, and paid a big price because of a relatively strong wind. My cannons, although somewhat rusty, had me almost hydroplaning along the water but DH (who never graduated from the kitten-weight section of the Tottenham Gym) developed the shakes and we had to turn around before the tide carried her all the way back to Manila. Very scenic adventure nonetheless.
Dive day! ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
We stayed at Carolines about a week ago for 10 days. I must say that the view outside our balcony was absolutely stunning. The kind of place where you can hideaway and reconnect back with nature. Really cozy with breathtaking jungle and ocean views. When I say "jungle" I mean jungle I woke up every morning not to my buzzing iphone but to the sounds of the roosters and birds as the sunrises. Sitting outside the patio in itself was a treat for me, fresh air while watching the sunrise/sunset and the exotic birds fly by (photographer's treat) -when it gets dark you'll see a billion stars...
The bungalows itself is basic with a rustic island feel which was a nice change for us (something different from the usual commercialized hotels). The bungalows a well maintained and is kept very clean. Maid service was available daily (fresh towels, coffee, fresh sheets etc.) Breakfast was delivered to our cottage every morning and
served with seasonal fruit. My favourite was the french toast ( I had it I think 4 days in a row =o)! The older lady who prepared the breakfast was a good cook / yummy home cooking ).
As guests at the Carolines we also had access to Palau Pacific Resort's facilities (pool, tennis courts etc.) which was a nice option on days we didn't dive and just wanted to relax. The only
thing that Caroline Resort can improve on is the road up to the bungalows it needed work but it didn't affect the overall experience of our stay.
Above all, we were very impressed with the service that was provided to us. It was definitely one of best we have ever had. All the hotel staff greeted us every morning as we walk on by and was very attentive to our needs. I would highly recommend Carolines to all my family and friends. We can't wait till we get back - absolutely loved it!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.