Angaur is now working with the Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) in improving tour and camping sites on its state in addition to the planned Macaque Sanctuary that is currently in the works.
PVA Board member Olkeriil Kazuo told the times said that they had been coordinating with their state counterparts in determining and designating eco-tour campsites as part of the PVA’s Alii Pass Program, an initiative to diversify tourist experience in Palau.
Kazuo said the PVA is collaborating with Angaur in creating financing schemes to develop sites meant for activities such as snorkeling, fishing, and hiking. Cultural sites are also going to be developed.
When asked what are the plans to improve transportation to the state especially that talks of bringing more tourists to the island is now in the works, Kazuo said that they look forward to utilizing the Okeanos Palau vessel, a sustainable modernized traditional sea transport vessel.
Angaur Governor Kennosuke Suzuky and land owners are also “very close to finalizing an agreement” for the land to be utilized for the Macaque Sanctuary, Kazuo said.
Angaur is known for the Macaque monkey species that have been invasively infesting the island for many years and disrupting the locals’ daily activities. But the state government had decided to turn this challenge into an advantage by building a sanctuary for the monkeys as a tourist destination. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)