Social Life in Palau
The people of Palau are very humble and modest as they rarely
express themselves in a way to offend another. This comes in respecting other people,
dressing modestly, avoiding outward signs of wealth or affection, and having a reverence
for God as most people are Christian.
As a visitor to Palau, that same modesty is expected; modesty
in dress, actions, words, and every aspect of your life. Many of the most important
behavioral restrictions to be aware of are related to dress, dating (see below for
both), and dining (see our Palau Food & Dining
Page for more information). Also try to avoid being loud, rude, showing
off wealth, or getting drunk in public.
Historically the people of Palau went topless, but with the
introduction of Christianity the people have become more conservative and today
the dress is quite different from that of the past. Most women wear loose fitting
clothes or dresses that tend to cover their shoulders and knees, if not longer.
The men tend to wear western clothes as well, but it tends to be more casual as
t-shirts and shorts are common.