Airai, located on the southern coast of Babeldaob
Babeldaob is the largest island in the island nation of Palau. Its area, 331 km² , makes up over 70% of the area of the entire country, and about 30% of the population, with about 6,000 people living there...

 island, is the second-most populous state of Palau
Palau , officially the Republic of Palau , is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, east of the Philippines and south of Tokyo. In 1978, after three decades as being part of the United Nations trusteeship, Palau chose independence instead of becoming part of the Federated States of Micronesia, a...

. It contains the country's chief airport, Airai International Airport, and is connected by the Koror-Babeldaob Bridge
Koror-Babeldaob Bridge
The Koror-Babeldaob Bridge is a bridge in Palau that connects Koror and Babeldaob Islands. It is a reinforced concrete, portal frame, cable-stayed bridge with a total length of 413 m. It was built by the Kajima Corporation of Japan in 2002, to replace the former, collapsed bridge built by Socio...

 to nearby Koror Island.

The state has an area of 44 km² (17 mi²), and a total population, , of 2700, the second largest in the country. Airai is also the name of a biggest town in the state, with a population of 920 people as of 2004. The town of Airai is the largest town in Palau outside of the state of Koror
Koror is the state comprising the main commercial centre of the Republic of Palau. It consists of several islands, the most prominent being Koror Island ....


Airai is most notable for its Bai (men's meeting house), being the oldest one in existence, dating back 200 years. The turbulent rains of Palau did not treat ancient Palaun architecture kindly. Airai is more inland/mountainous-jungle and therefore more of a bedroom community than anything else.
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