Hostels in Palau Hostels in Palau

You are looking for hostels in Palau? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Palau hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Palau.

All Cities in Palau

We list every single hostel in Palau and the world. In total, we have 1 cities in Palau for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Palau hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Palau. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Palau

Palau is a country found in the western part of the Pacific Ocean. It is known the world over for its many islands, along with other natural attractions such as diving, jellyfish lakes, and many other tourist activities. It is a small island, but it has many activities to choose from.

If you plan on staying in one of Palau’s cheap hostels, try to find one within easy reach of the Jellyfish Lake. This is one of the most famous sights in the country. The lake is a saltwater body with water that was once connected to the ocean but has been cut off over time. The jellyfish in the lake have remained.

You can take a trip down to the lake from your hostel and go for a swim. These jellyfish have evolved to be completely harmless, mainly due to the lack of predators in the area. You should go snorkeling in the lake and hang out with them underwater.

Another awesome thing to do in Palau is to go scuba diving around the island. There are many old shipwrecks which date back to World War II, along with a vast number of caves you can explore and swim through. At the German Channel, you might find yourself swimming with manta rays and the napoleon wrasse - a spectacular coral reef fish - too.
Palau is a region that has much to offer the adventurer. There are walking areas all over the islands, and you can cycle across the different islands if you want to. Whether you are a fan of water sports or you are there to relax and unwind, Palau has something for you.

Palau isn’t just one island. While you might find the majority of hostels on the main island, you can still rent a boat out and explore the other islands in the area. Many of these are completely uninhabited, meaning the beaches are deserted. Take the time to visit the Milky Way, a series of shallows with rejuvenating mud.

Of course, you don’t have to explore with a tour guide. It's just as easy to rent out a kayak and paddle around the islands. The seas in between the islands are relatively calm. If you’re staying in a hostel, you can also ask the landlord to pack a lunch for you, and you can go have a picnic at one of these islands.

Scuba diving isn’t the only way you can check out the remnants of World War II. You can also see old artillery pieces in some of the caves on the islands. In Guam and Yap, old battlefields are still present today, with ruined tanks and leftover ammunition still on show.

If you happen to be a fan of undersea life, the dugong is a native to the region and well worth trying to catch a glimpse of. You can take a boat trip to go watch them feeding under the surface of the water. Other wildlife in the area you could check out are the dolphins in the Koror sanctuary. This is a research center where you can actually go swimming with the dolphin population.

Finally, you should try some of the local delicacies in the country. Many people are hesitant to partake in this particular local favourite, but one of the most prized foods of the natives is a fruit bat. However, found in large numbers all over the islands, the fruit bat dish isn’t for everyone.

expert for Palau hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Palau hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Palau - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Palau. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Palau. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Palau

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Palau?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Palau here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Palau safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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