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Published: March 7th 2011
Jellyfish lake, Palau
Expectations were high for today – visiting one of the world’s wonders – the Jellyfish Lake – only found this one place in the World, a small lake in the rock islands of Palau.
It was partly cloudy. We were picked up by a bus with Japanese and at the IMPAC office there were even more. Hmm. All equipment were included, and we supplied our stock. People were divided out in boats, by the activity they were going to. Our boat included Win as our guide and another Japanese guide for the 14 other. No problem. The boat slowly left the harbor and powered up the two big motors. The rock islands were right around you – lime stone rock with jungle, as small drops in the ocean. Similar to Halong bay in Vietnam? Passing a beautiful ‘natural arch’ and a cave at water level with an old Japanese canon. Our first stop was a snorkeling spot. Johanne and Anders were by now ready to swim on their own, close to us and they – as us enjoyed it immensely. I saw twice one of the half meter long Napoleon wrasses. Good coral and many fish. Next was the Jellyfish lake.
Natural Arch - Palau Rock islands
- a photostop on the way to jellyfish lake
The entrance was at a dead end in like a horse shoe bay. We deposited Johanne’s passport and our 3 tickets and walked up a rocky (coral) path and down on the other side. About 10 minutes walk. Another group was leaving the lake when we arrived, so we were the only ones at the time. The lake is maybe 200 x 200 meters with the jellyfish to the west in the morning and to the east in the afternoon. We were quickly surrounded by them, often bumping into them, feeling something soft touching you. We were all thrilled and snapped lots of pictures and films. No problem with the children who loved it. Much too early, it was over and we had to go back. Win said there was 4 other similar lakes close by, though much smaller, and not open for tourists. Leaving on the boat, we saw a sea turtle in the clear water. Lunch was at a lovely sandy beach in beautiful surrounding – Japanese lunch packets and burgers for the children. We even had time for a snorkel trip here, and there was a nice drop off here with big schools of fish; Win saw
Jellyfish lake, Palau
Millions of stingless jellyfish - in this unique place
a shark down the drop off, but I didn’t though I was looking intensely. Crystal clear water, so I could see quite far down. After lunch, much of the Japanese were left in a small bay where sea kayaks were hidden and the rest of us went to a snorkeling point with lots of corals. Birgitte had never seen anything like it, and I am about to agree with her (though those in Marshall also were great). Many different kinds and it was forest like – do look at the pictures from there. It started to rain, and after picking up the kayakers we went to the last stop, the Milkyway. A lagoon with white/blue water because the sea floor was made up of clay from the limestone and tree leafs in the bottom. All (except me…) were covered with the white mud and the Japanese had very much fun of it. Next everybody jumped into the water to rinse it off, and it was lovely warm. End of trip – we returned in much rain – back at 16:30. A wonderful, wonderful trip that I cannot recommend enough. A perfect day.
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