From the Treetops: Zip Lining in Palau

Jessica Peterson

Ziplining in Palau

Here you see the beaming face of a person just minutes away from zip lining over a waterfall in the remote Pacific island of Palau. Thrilling, gorgeous, awe-inspiring, yes. What you don’t see is this person falling flat on her butt just inches away from the waterfall! What a bruise, but fortunately the Canon was saved. So, yes, this was my first zip lining experience and there are no pictures of me doing said adventure only because I am a control freak of a photographer, so I wanted to shoot the view as I zipped! Those photos actually were not that interesting — just the tops of trees quite blurry. So, you see the hubs zip lining and looking like he’s hanging on for dear life, which he was (although I don’t know why).

Read Three Perfect Days in Palau.




After zipping across, we trekked down to the waterfall through the lush jungle.





The Love Tree



There was no way to get a style post outta this excursion. It was hot, humid, and muddy, but very beautiful and the air was divinely fresh. I’m wearing LOFT pants, if you must know.





Thanks to our guide, the waterfall is in full focus. Oy. 🙂


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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • dagmar peterson

    your best ever /…reminds me of our..(. honey – moon ) in ” Municipal Falls” Michigan, Upper Pen. didn’t do the.. sip- line though…but sure brought back memories. thanks

    • Thanks, Dagmar! I haven’t heard about that honeymoon yet…

  • TravelwithBIRD

    Impressive and somehow… very romantic.
    I can imagine the humidity there must be quite intense, but when you are rewarded with such a view and you feel somehow “private” there… looks like a really great impression. Nice tip for romantic lovers 🙂

  • Sonia Sahni

    You have been to Palau….its soooooo high on my list. The jungle looks so pristine…I would love to zip line here! Did you also visit the lake where the jelly fish are there?

  • Samantha Lorenz

    I absolutely love to zip line. Palau is definitely on my bucket list and we’ll have to do a tour like this. That waterfall is gorgeous and I love that you get to hike down to it afterwards!

  • Jean Bean

    One day I’ll get over my fear of heights and go ziplinning. It looked like you had so much fun doing this. The hike and the waterfalls looks amazing!

  • Editor-in-Style Good

    Wow what a great post. I just completed a zip line in Queenstown so this brought back such memories. I am sorry to read that you got a bruise from your experience, but the photographs do make up for your injury as you look back on the time spent in Palau! Love you blog by the way!

  • Neha Verma

    Lovely post and beautiful pictures. Never been to this part of the world, but dying to plan a trip. It seems so beautiful

  • Fairytale Studios

    Ziplining is fun especially if you do it right and do not end up having any injury (of course). The best way is lay flat parallel to the rope facing sky or facing ground. The movie ‘Divergent’ shows it done so excellently. I am sure doing it over such wild forest with a waterfall would be picturesque.

  • Gokul Raj

    Such a nice and quaint place. Perfect destination for zip lining and trekking.

  • I am so glad that nothing happened to the Canon and you were okay after falling on your butt. The photos are just breathtaking on your trek. Your husband does look like he is hanging on for his dear life.