New solar-powered resort to open in Rock Islands


Marianas Business Journal, Mon, Jun 6th 2011

KOROR, Palau – A new resort that seeks to promote ecotourism will open in one of the isles that make up Palau’s famous Rock Islands.
The Ngellil Nature Island Resort will be run by solar power, according to its owner, Donald Haruo.

Ngellil is an eight-room resort that was built to accommodate and entertain visitors in a way that is minimally intrusive or destructive to the environment. Construction began in 2010. The new resort facility, which is a 10-minute sail from Airai State, will open in July.

“The resort promotes eco-tourism. The main goal of its development is to protect the environment and blend both the culture and environment, both of which are important to Palau,” Haruo said.

Haruo said 90% of the resort’s power needs will be operated by a solar system while the rest will be run by generator. This will be the first resort in the Rock Islands to use solar power.

The resort will cater to both high-end and local markets, specifically those who want to get away from the busy life in the city.

Haruo said the resort targets tourists from America, Europe and Japan. It offers canoeing, kayaking, night fishing, diving and snorkeling – all unique ways to spend time in Palau which is known for its pristine waters and untouched environment.

A trail on the resort leads to the Yapese Stone Money site, which will be an attractive feature for those who like hiking.
The resort is staffed by six people who will be available round-the-clock.

Haruo noted that prior development has only been focused on Koror, leaving out the Rock Islands, which he said is one of Palau’s main attractions. Building a resort there, he said, will open doors for its vast potential.

The islands, numbering between 250 and 300, are mostly uninhabited but are famous for their beaches, blue lagoons and the peculiar umbrella-like shapes. The Rock Islands and the surrounding reefs make up Palau’s popular tourist sites such as Blue Corner, Blue Hole, German Channel, Ngermeaus Island and the famed Jellyfish Lake, one of the many marine lakes in the Rock Islands that provides home and safety for stingless jellyfish found only in Palau.

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