In Gorgeous Palau, Explorers Find Wonders Worth Protecting

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala led an expedition in September 2014 to document the stunning biodiversity of the Republic of Palau's waters and assess how a marine protected area could help safeguard the ecosystems of this paradise for generations to come. The expedition was part of National Geographic's Pristine Seas project.

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Click here to read a National Geographic News article about Palau burning boats to deter illegal fishing.

Click to see stunning photos of Palau from National Geographic Travel.