Airai is a popular destination amongst nature lover’s, especially avid divers. Airai is dive accessible all year round offering divers chances to see big animals, caves, caverns, wrecks and macro life. Airai is the stepping stone to Airai and offers travelers the first taste of Airai before venturing further into the beautiful country.
The Roman Tmetuchl International Airport or also known as Palau International Airport is the main airport and the only airport in Palau. The airport is located in the middle of Airai city and 6 km from the former capital of Palau, Koror which is connected to by the Koror-Babeldaob Bridge. Flights serving the Roman Tmetuchl International Airport are Japan Airlines, Lanmei Airlines, China Airlines, Delta, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and United Airlines.
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Both Manila and Airai share the same tropical climate, with sunny days and rain all year round. The dry season in Manila is from December to May, while the wet season is from June to November. In Airai, the driest months are February and March while the rain more humid months are June, July and August. The average temperature in Manila is 27.3 degrees Celsius while in Airai the average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius. Airai is located in a tropical climate country meaning that it will be warm with occasional rainfall all year round. Visitors usually use Airai as a gateway to Airai, with most visitors here aiming at diving. The best diving season in Airai is from December to March when the waters are calm, warm and with less rain, thus giving diver’s better visibility. May, June and September are low seasons as these are the months with the most rainfall. However, travelers are still able to dive and enjoy other activities as rain tends to fall during the night.
1. Rock Island Kayaking – The warm, calm sea and hidden coves make Palau perfect for travelers to kayak their way through the Rock Islands labyrinth, over aquamarine waters, pass by white sandy beaches, jungle-clad islets and even past some WWII relics.
2. Etpison Museum – In this three-story building house, visitors will be able to see Palauan and Micronesian artifacts, displays, photography and information. The museum has also opened an art gallery showcasing photography, slideshows and displays of Palauan nature and culture by Mandy Etpison.
3. Airai Bai – The Airai Bai is one of the last standing men’s meeting houses left in Palau. Located not far from the Palau International Airport, the building dating over 100 years old is constructed using local wood materials and thatch. Legendary scenes and symbolic motifs can be found painted inside and outside.