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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Republic of Palau

Australia & Pacific

Like most surf destinations, wave heights vary seasonally. The most consistent waves are at the Melekeok channel on the eastern side of the island of Babelthuap. For many years this was one of Palau's best kept secrets, mostly due to the fact that travel to the area was difficult and there were only a handful of local surfers (mostly Palauans who picked up the sport living overseas). However, with new roads in place and the national capital now located nearby, the beaches and surfing waves of Melekeok are destined to become more well-known (and crowded).

For the more adventurous wave riders, tow-in surfing has been done on the southwest coast of Peleliu island (26 miles south of Koror) during the winter months when breaks can reach seven meters and run for hundreds of yards.

Location: Oceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines
Geographic coordinates: 7° 18' N, 134° 18' E
Coastline km: 1,519 km km
Climate: tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November
Terrain: varying geologically from the high, mountainous main island of Babelthuap to low, coral islands usually fringed by large barrier reefs
Elevation: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Mount Ngerchelchuus 242 m
Natural hazards: typhoons (June to December)
Currency: US dollar (USD)
Population: 20,842 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: Palauan 64.7% official in all islands except Sonsoral (Sonsoralese and English are official), Tobi (Tobi and English are official), and Angaur (Angaur, Japanese, and English are official), Filipino 13.5%, English 9.4%, Chinese 5.7%, Carolinian 1.5%, Japanese 1.5%, other Asian 2.3%, other languages 1.5% (2000 census)
Capital: Melekeok
Divisions: 16 states; Aimeliik, Airai, Angaur, Hatohobei, Kayangel, Koror, Melekeok, Ngaraard, Ngarchelong, Ngardmau, Ngatpang, Ngchesar, Ngeremlengui, Ngiwal, Peleliu, Sonsorol

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melekeok 1 / -
Right and left Reef-coral All surfers
Santa Maria Anguar 3 / -
Right Point-break All surfers
Spokes beach - / -
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West Passage 2 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
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West Passage
By waterman_75
Mar 1, 2008
Last Sat in Palau - This was my third and last session in Palau. The surf gods definitely saved the best conditions for last!  Ben picked me up at my hotel around 930 and we were on the boat and at the break by 1030.  The waves were shoulder high to overhead a
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Trip: Palau
By waterman_75
From Jan 15, 2008 to Mar 3, 2008
Heading out to Koror Palau and hitting up Bill Ridpath for a couple of boat trips to Palaus western reefs.  It is bigger in the fall on the east shore, but the west is ok this time of year.  I will post pictures if I can get a p
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By Anonymous , 26-04-2010

Stach jan 2010 ,westpassage palau - this can be a heavy wave 3ft and bigger,but well worth the beating if you get a barrell like this..

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