Palau in the western Pacific Ocean

30 July 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Environment Reading Time:  12 minutes

Rock Islands © Peter R. Binter

Rock Islands © Peter R. Binter

Palau, officially the Republic of Palau, is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. The country contains approximately 340 islands, forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands in Micronesia, and has an area of 466 square kilometers (180 sq mi). The most populous island is Koror. The capital Ngerulmud is located on the nearby island of Babeldaob, in Melekeok State. Palau shares maritime boundaries with the Philippines, Indonesia, and the Federated States of Micronesia.   read more…

The Costa Smeralda on the northeast coast of Sardinia

4 April 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Costa Smeralda - Palau Panorama © Sardinianguy88

Costa Smeralda – Palau Panorama © Sardinianguy88

The Costa Smeralda (English: Emerald Coast) is a coastal area and tourist destination in northern Sardinia, 55 km (34 mi) long and covering more than 30 km2 (12 sq mi). With white sand beaches, a golf club, private jet and helicopter service, and hotels costing up to US$2,000-3,000 per night in the peak season, the area has drawn celebrities, business leaders and other affluent visitors.   read more…

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