An interactive, multimedia digital cybertour.
Welcome to Virtual Palau, the internet's only interactive, multimedia digital cybertour of the Republic of Palau. It's digital!
When I first took a job working for the Supreme Court of the Palau (read all about it at Law Clerk on Gilligan's Island), I looked all over the internet for pictures of Palau. Not Chamber-of-Commerce-style shots of islands and lagoons, or sunsets and rainbows. I mean pictures of the place--streets, buildings, houses, whatever. But there aren't any, and that makes it hard to ever get an idea of what it's really like to live here. So I'm taking it upon myself to fix that deficiency. In just a moment, you will be virtually transported to the virtual middle of the virtual Pacific Ocean, and have the opportunity to walk the streets and see the sights of a virtual downtown Palau.
Like all tourists, though, you'll need a final destination, so that you don't just wander aimlessly until you're eaten by wild dogs. So I'll give you a tip-- a lot of people say that there is no better sight than the sunset over the rim of a cold drink on the beach at the Palau Pacific Resort. But there's a problem. Drinks at the PPR are a little pricey. And if you've got no cash, you're not the kind of person the PPR really wants hanging around.
Navigating Virtual Palau
It's easy. On the bottom of each page, you'll have a series of links on where you can go next. Click on your destination and you're off.
Don't use your browser's "BACK" button unless you find youself on a screen with no other destination links. Using the "back" button at any other time might undo something useful you've just done. Of course, if you wind up dead in a swamp or something, going "back" one page might help a lot.
If you get lost, look for links you haven't followed yet. They're probably in blue on your browser, while followed links are probably purple. There will always be a blue link somewhere nearby to keep you going in the right direction. (Unless someone else took the tour on the same computer before you did. Then you're stuck with all purple links. Think of it as the "advanced level.") You should also check the items in your possession frequently. You never know when some junk in your pocket might get you somewhere.
Oh, a couple other things before you land in Palau: I've tried to keep the photos to a manageable size so that you don't spend all day waiting for them to download, but they can still be sort of big. If you've got a slow modem or pokey connection, or you don't really care about the pictures, turning off automatic image loading on your browser will speed things greatly. And I guess I should tell you that if you like this, you should definitely check out Beer Quest I: the Staggering Horror, the site that inspired Virtual Palau. It's great.
Ok, that being said, it's time to begin out final approach into the Palau International Airport. Fasten your seatbelt, return your tray tables to the upright and locked position, and get ready to explore Palau.