Why to go: It’s not called “the underwater Serengeti” for nothing. With world-class dive sites, this 500-island archipelago in Micronesia is a lure for divers around the world, and winter is its perfect season (summers are rainy). Above the surface, these pristine limestone and volcanic islands are blanketed in emerald forest.
Where to stay: The Palau Pacific Resort in Koror lies among 64 acres of tropical gardens, right at the edge of the beach and ideally suited for water-based excursions. +680-488-2600 or