SocMon Monitoring Site

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

Pacific Islands : Palau
Year completed: 2013

Socio-economic assessment of the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Palau



To examine the perceive crowdedness of different dive sties in the Rock Islands; To understand expectations of divers and snorkelers who visit the Rock Islands; To examine visitors’ experiences and satisfaction with diving and snorkeling in the Rock Islands; To explore levels of willingness of divers and snorkelers to support high quality tourism and low environmental impact in the Rock Islands.; To determine the willingness of visitors to financially support the Rock Islands and the fee amounts; To explore problems, issues and suggestions regarding high quality tourism experience and low environmental tourism impacts on the Rock Islands sites among related tour operators; and To understand demographic profiles and patterns of activities of the divers and snorkelers of the Rock Islands