Which Pacific Island to pick?

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 takes a look at the options for Pacific stopovers, and tries to help you decide which one is right for you

Taxing times in Palau

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Visitors are drawn to Palau mainly by the prospect of swimming in a lake full of jellyfish and diving or snorkelling around the stunning Rock Islands. Having made the long journey to reach this Pacific island it’s only natural that many will also want to see a little bit more of the country and hiring a car to drive around the main island of Babeldaob appears to be a sensible option. Touring independently by car however is not as simple as it seems, thanks to a level of bureaucracy that appears geared towards deterring any thought of unescorted travel around the country.

Guam and the secret bus

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Palau travel guide: Why go, what to do and where to stay

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David Whitley reckons Palau is a brilliant spot to include on an RTW trip – and he’s generously sharing his tips on tours, dive and snorkel trips and accommodation

Rarotonga’s retreat: Hiding out at Trader Jack’s

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David Whitley finds that it’s the rain, not the sun, that sets the slow pace of life in the Cook Islands.

They never tell you about the rain. It’s all about the beaches, the lagoons and the coconut palms. But the rain is the secret part of the package that makes the tropical islands of the South Pacific so green. And it’s not the feeble drizzly rain that we grumble about in Britain. It’s proper rain, the sky’s powerful toilet flush, that comes down in walls and turns streets into streams within seconds.