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Travel Ethical Destinations Palau

8. Palau

Can you place Palau on the map? Don’t be embarrassed if you can’t – you’re just one among many who have even heard of this western Pacific island nation, located near the islands of the Philippines and Indonesia. Scuba enthusiasts, on the other hand, will gasp at the mention of Palau – this archipelago surrounded by a fringe reef offers some of the best-rated dive sites and live-aboards. Dolphin-watching, sport-fishing, kayaking, canoe tours and sail charters draw adventurous tourists year-round. Palau has demonstrated strong scores in environmental responsibility and human rights and earns its place among Ethical Traveler’s top 10 destinations.

Palau established diplomatic relations with India in 2005.

Official tourism website

Top ethical tourism destinations, 2013

Every year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of hundreds of nations in the developing world. It then selects ten that are doing the most impressive job of promoting human rights, preserving environment, and upholding civil society while creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry.

By visiting these countries, Ethical Traveler asserts, we can use our economic power to support best practices.

Each country selected as a Best Ethical Destination offers the opportunity to experience unspoiled natural beauty, and to interact with local people and cultures in a meaningful, mutually enriching way. The countries on this list are actively improving the state of their people, government and environment. They are the destinations most worth your money and your leisure time.

Ethical Traveler is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, and a project of the Earth Island Institute. No money or donations of any kind are solicited or accepted from any nations, governments, travel bureaus or individuals in the creation of its annual list.