Palau is a small island nation located in the Pacific Ocean. It consists of over 500 islands and islets, with a total land area of approximately 465 square kilometers. The capital and largest city is Ngerulmud, located on the island of Babeldaob. Palau has a diverse culture, with influences from Micronesian, Melanesian, and Asian traditions. The official languages are Palauan and English, and the country has a population of around 21,000 people. Palau is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and rich marine life, including sharks, rays, and sea turtles. The country is also home to the Rock Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkeling.