The waterfall is open every day |
from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Price: $5 per Person
Starting from Koror it takes approximately 30 minutes by car. From Koror drive towards Babeldoab (Airport),
after crossing the bridge, turn left at the gas station towards Aimeliik. Follow the compact road to the entrance
of the waterfall which will appear on the right side of the road between mile marker 19 and 20.
The path to the waterfall leads trough the Taki Nature Reserve with its unique flora and fauna.
Besides palms, teak trees and lianas, small meat-eating plants can be found along the path.
Along the trail the visitor can find historical remains of the Japanese colonial times. Ruins, an
old locomotive, parts of the old railway system and a spiritual shrine pay witness to the past bauxite mining.
During the last 60 years these remains were retaken by the jungle, and now the old rails serve as a trail
through the forest for visitors to the conservation area.
The shrine which is located close to the pools was constructed to protect the Japanese operation in the area from bad luck.
From a small ledge shortly after beginning of the hike the visitor can get a great view over the valley
with the waterfall in the deep forest.
After finishing the descent, the trail goes along the naturally-created pools of the Nqertebechel River.
Over centuries the water worked itself through the rock and carved out these natural bathtubs which will
continue to grow larger over time. As the path of the water flowing down the slope changes over time,
new pools are created and old ones become quiet ponds.
Especially in these tropical temperatures, the pools are a welcome refreshment on the hike from the parking lot
to the waterfalls. The cool water, which is the cleanest in Palau, invites the visitor to relax and
enjoy the amazing landscape.
After enjoying the pools, a short hike through the jungle or through the river brings you to the foot of the waterfall.
While enjoying your snack or lunch in the traditional Palauan huts, you can observe beautiful rainbows in the mist of
The Medal – A – Iyechad waterfall is the highest and biggest
waterfall in Palau. It is approximately 120 feet (37 meters) wide and the water drops a stunning
100 feet (30 meters) to the rocks below.
Standing under the waterfall is in any case an unforgettable experience during your visit to Palau!
The legend of the waterfall which is told in Ngardmau tells that many years ago an eel came out of the forest to rest
on a cliff. The eel had magic powers, and the people of Ngardmau saw it as a god. The eel was huge and had only one eye.
When it lay down, it slept so deeply that it never woke again. Time went by, and the eel transformed into a river.
Its head became the waterfall. Still today, the people of Ngardmau say that there is a huge eel living somewhere in the river...
After the hike, the visitor can find showers, bathrooms, and summer houses at the entrance of the waterfall.
The Blai, how the Palauans call these summer houses are constantly provided with a fresh breeze coming out of the jungle.
The ideal place to relax before and after the hike!
Furthermore sodas, snacks, storyboards, and other hand-made local products and souvenirs can be bought here.
For those who are not to tired from the hike, the hill next to the entrance offers a great view over the jungle,
the valley with the waterfall and the coast of Ngardmau.
Tour along the River
As an additional adventure, we recommend a guided walk along the river through the jungle to the village.
If you want you can also take a canoe tour from the village through the mangrove forest to the old Japanese dock of Ngardmau.
If you are interested in one of these adventures, please contact us at our
Liaison Office in Koror for more information.