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Your Guide to the Jellyfish Lake in Palau

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Jellyfish Lake (Ongeim’l Tketau) is located on Eil Malk Island in Palau, which is part of the Rock Islands. It’s about 45-minutes from Koror. A 10-day pass for swimming with the jellyfish is $100 USD, though this is not included in the price of most tours.
If you’re looking to book a day tour (which is the easiest way to visit the lake) expect to pay between $100-200 USD (plus the $100 permit). Tours usually include other activities (such as swimming, kayaking, or snorkeling in other locations) in addition to Jellyfish Lake. Viator offers full-day snorkeling trips for $200 USD.
The closest place to depart from is Koror, which is serviced by Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (Palau International Airport).
While tickets used to be quite affordable from nearby destinations, post-COVID they are now extremely pricey (there are fewer connections and fewer direct routes currently). Tickets for the direct 4-hour flight from the Philippines cost around $800 USD round trip while non-stop flights from Guam are just 2 hours but cost around $600 USD round trip.
Wearing certain sunscreens is prohibited during your visit, as the chemicals will harm the ecosystem. If you do bring sunscreen, make sure it is eco-friendly.
 
F.A.Q About Jellyfish Lake
How long should I plan to visit the lake for?
While you could easily spend a day here (swimming with the jellyfish is not only fun but a once-in-a-lifetime experience, after all!) usually a visit for an hour to two will suffice.
What type of jellyfish are in Jellyfish Lake?
There are two types of jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake, Golden jellyfish and Moon jellyfish — both of which cannot sting you.
Is Jellyfish Lake in Palau open?
As of 2022, Jellyfish Lake in Palau is open to the public.
Is it safe to swim with jellyfish?
It is very safe as the jellyfish don’t actually sting. You just can’t dive deep here (below 15 meters) as there is hydrogen sulfide at the bottom of the lake, which is harmful.
Can you wear sunscreen with the jellyfish?
As long as your sunscreen is eco-friendly, you can. However, harsh sunscreens are prohibited and will be confiscated.
Do I need to book a tour to visit Jellyfish lake?
The easiest way to reach the island is to book a tour with Viator. Tours last a full day and cost around $200 USD per person.

Book Your Trip to Palau: Logistical Tips and Tricks
Book Your Flight
Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. They are my favorite search engine because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned!
Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the biggest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

Safety Wing (best for everyone)
Insure My Trip (for those over 70)
Medjet (for additional evacuation coverage)

Looking for the Best Companies to Save Money With?
Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel. I list all the ones I use to save money when I’m on the road. They will save you money when you travel too.

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