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Melekeok is a state in the island country of Palau. The locality of Ngerulmud has served as Palau's capital city since 2006, despite Melekeok State's small population of about 250 people. It is the smallest national capital in the world by population, and is smaller than the capital of the state in which it is located (Melekeok Village).

Get in[edit]

Follow the paved or "compact" road (as the locals call it) north from Koror Airport. There are two turn-offs (marked clearly by road signs) that will lead you to Melekeok. The south turn-off (which you will see first as you approach from Koror) is paved for approximately 50 meters before turning abruptly into a dirt road that approaches the capitol building from the south. The north turn-off (second as you approach from Koror) is paved the whole way, and approaches the capitol building from the west.

Get around[edit]

Driving is the best option for getting around this sparsely populated area. The roads here tend to be in very good condition and the traffic very light.

See[edit][add listing]

Palau's capitol building

Melekeok is home to Palau's capitol complex, Ngerulmud, which is a 30-45 minute drive from downtown Koror. The picturesque capitol grounds include the judicial, legislative and executive buildings for the national government. The capitol complex remains controversial to many locals, given its expansive size and cost relative to the country's tiny population.

Odalmelech (Ngermelech Gods carved from Stone)

Ngermelech Village; Meteu el Klechem

Melekeok Village; Did el Bad er a Beriber (Ancient Dock's stone bridge)

Melekeok Village; Ngermecheluch Site

Ngerang; Bai el Melekeong/Euang el Chades( Melekeok's Bai and its platform of four),

Melekeok Village; Lomech er Ngii el mora Ngeremecheluch (ancient stone path)

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Melekeok Pier and Beach. Continue east, then south from the capitol building to the Melekeok state building in Melekeok Village. There is a small beach and a long concrete pier. If you set foot on either of these, government employees *will* come out of the adjacent building after the fact to charge you a small fee of $2-5 (depending on whether you've just walked the pier, or actually entered the water as well).  edit

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  • Okemii Deli Cafe. A family-owned seaside cafe with an outdoor patio. Specialties include fresh fish and other entrees in the $6-10 range (as of September 2014). Their coffee also appears to be unlimited. From the capitol building, head east until the end of the road; then turn right (south). The cafe will be on the left side. Or, from the Melekeok pier, head north, in which case the cafe will be on the right side.  edit

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Palau Sunrise Sea View Landison Retreat, Omis Lot #018COL, Melekeok, Palau, +6806541111.  edit


Palauans speak English and Palauan.

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