This country of approximately 340 islands is located in the western Pacific Ocean in Micronesia where English is spoken widely. These tropical islands are famous for rich underwater life found in its many reefs and coral caves. Highlights of Palau are jellyfish lakes, teaming with silky jellyfish that lost their poisonous sting in the absence of predators. Palau banned all commercial shark fishing in a sanctuary that protects about 230,000 sq. mi. of ocean becoming a global leader in protecting marine ecosystems.