Monday, August 15, 2011

Palau Now.

Even though it's the end of the summer, I'm still craving one last trip to paradise to sun myself on the beach and simply enjoy doing absolutely nothing. Well, OK, maybe not absolutely nothing, but doing things that don't involve dirty dishes, a leaky washing machine or the Internet (even I need a break sometimes) And this place, might just be the ticket. Palau, located somewhere in the Philippines Sea think Northeast of the Celebes Sea, Southwest of Guam or way west of Hawaii. You get the picture, it's secluded and untouched by throngs of tourists. So grab your scuba gear and take a virtual vacation with me. Keep reading after the jump to see a quick itinerary and the perfect outfit for it all. File under getaway.

  • What is Palau: 250 islands with a population of 21,000 and a Japanese stronghold during WWII 
  • How to get there: Continental flies through Hawaii, to Guam and then straight to Palau; no muss, no fuss.
  • Where to stay: Anywhere from resort style-condos down to beach-side huts. The options are numerous. Check them out here
  • What to do: Take it in from above with a helicopter tour, search hidden treasures and WWII sunken ships (no joke) along with some of the best reefs in the crystal clear water (up to 200 foot visibility in most areas), explore the limestone caves where man lived over 4000 years ago (possibly a unique archaic species in fact) and admire the drawings in Ulong, swim among the sting-less jellyfish in Palau Lake and get a little tan while you're at in.
Bathing Suit: top by Eda Bahia $145 and bottoms by Pucci $395
Earrings: Tom Binns Fauve hand-painted Swarovski crystal drop earrings $225
Blouse: Proenza Schouler asymmetric silk-georgette blouse $550
Shorts: Milly cotton-eyelet patterned short $225
Bag: Alexander Wang leather makeup case $225
Shoes: K Jacques Saint Tropez Agopos calf hair and leather gladiator sandals $275

[Images via: National Geographic Travel, all clothing via Net-a-porter]

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