The Micronesian Republic of Palau rises up from some of the deepest water on the planet. Located about 8 degrees north of the equator in the Western Pacific, these limestone islands have been one of the world's favorite dive destinations practically since the sport began. She has a loose association with the United States and some fighting was seen here in World War 2. English is widely spoken among her 13,000 inhabitants. In fact, if you weren't surrounded by beautiful turquoise blue warm water you could be mistaken that you were in the US. Though fast food restaurants have thankfully not become widely popular yet, any glance at any menu will give you the impression that America has been here. The islands share maritime boundaries with Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Federated States of Micronesia.