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AIRPORT/EXIT FEES: Vary by island; ask your resort or operator. KEY GIFT: Hand-carved storyboards, which relate a local legend via a carved wooden image, are especially associated with Palau but found throughout Micronesia.

DON'T FORGET: Read a Pacific-theater WWII history to appreciate the role of these islands in the last great global conflict. THE VIBE: Bali Hai, alive and well.

TOPSIDE: Islands so green they look like broccoli sticking out of the water, exotic foods (deep-fried fruit bat, anyone?), happy and friendly people, and everywhere the memory of the Pacific war.

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