The village is known for its beautiful beaches, although since a paved road was built too close to Honeymoon Beach, the sand has eroded considerably. To reach Ngiwal village directly by boat, one should come at high tide. There is another dock for arrival at any tide, but it is located a few miles south of the village.
According to Palauan legend, the most beautiful woman was from Ngiwal. Her name was Surech, and when the chief heard of her beauty he asked to see Surech's face. Afraid the chief would want to marry her, she asked her boyfriend to cut off her head and send it in a basket to the chief. (he complied.)