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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)
Divisions: 16 states; Aimeliik, Airai, Angaur, Hatohobei, Kayangel, Koror, Melekeok, Ngaraard, Ngarchelong, Ngardmau, Ngatpang, Ngchesar, Ngeremlengui, Ngiwal, Peleliu, Sonsorol
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|Surf Spots (5)||Quality||Direction||Type||Frequ||Experience|
|melekeok||1 / -||Right and left||Reef-coral||All surfers|
|Ngardmau Channel||2 / -||Left||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|Santa Maria Anguar||3 / -||Right||Point-break||All surfers|
|Spokes beach||- / -||Right and left||Reef-rocky||Pros or kamikaze only...|
|West Passage||2 / -||Right and left||Reef-rocky||Experienced surfers|
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