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Paradise islands of the Pacific Ocean

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February - April 2016

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One of the youngest and smallest countries in the world can be found in the Pacific Ocean, around 800 km southeast of the Philippines. Palau is the name of this island paradise with around 250 islands. The main features of Palau are rocky, green islands with heavenly white beaches, and especially interesting is the underwater world of these islands, which is abundant with several hundred species of coral and fish. Interestingly, these islands have a connection with the island of Mljet in Croatia. Harmless jellyfish from the Aurelia genus live in the salt lakes on Mljet, and they can grow up to 55 cm in diameter. These jellyfish don't live anywhere else in the world, and their closest relatives can be found in a salt lake in the Palau islands, which have an ambiance identical to the salt lakes on Mljet.

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