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Oceania » Palau » Koror June 15th 2008

During a conversation with Simon the Frenchman (Ed's flatmate), we talked about where to dive in asia. Simon had been an instructor in the area for several years. Philippines? ok. Thailand? very touristy. I mentioned our plans to fly to Palau and Simon's response was "don't quit diving after Palau, eh? You'll never think diving is good elsewhere again!!" With this in mind Lauren and Simon arrived at 1:30am on Saturday morning to a stifling hot airport (at least it didnt smell like vomit as in Manila) and were taken to a transfer hotel where they collapsed. Simon's impression was that Palau was supposed to be a remote archipelago in the middle of the pacific but its proximity to Japan meant plenty of old Japanese import vehicles driven by burly islanders. Just like South Auckland, but ... read more
The Eco Explorer
Simon and Laur in the Caves
Chandalier Caves

Oceania » Palau » Koror June 4th 2008

First, just a small note about my last entry on Tubbataha...I forgot to let you know that not only did I see a whaleshark, easily between 8 to 10 meters long cruising at 21 meters deep...but I had also two of the best night dives ever. Quite easy to understand when you see the amount of fish. But this time, you can imagine that in a single torch light, I had the chance to see at the same time a huge turtle, as well as 2 white tip sharks cruising just below the turtle...amazing! But let's go back to Palau... If you are a diver, you heard of Palau...if not, you may wondering where is this place. Easy, 3 hours (1035 miles), west of Manila. 20,000 people for this independant state...not much behind great Ahi Tuna ... read more
many seeing at each dive
love their smiles
in Palau...you've got the diving...and the beaches...

Oceania » Palau » Koror June 4th 2008

Wow Palau I am happy never to go to another country on holiday again, for me Palau was perfect. The islands are green and lush, the sea is crystal clear and teeming with life, the sky is a Turner what more could I ask for. Palau is about a two hour flight east of the Philippines, and has been occupied by the Americans and the Japanese at different points through history. Now the Islands are independant from America since 1994 (we were told, he didn't see too sure) although they still use the dollar most of the ties to America in terms of culture are easy to see. This is the same for the Japenese influences too. We were collected a the airport by the manager of our guesthouse and her husband and given a necklace ... read more
Room with a View
The other guest staying in our room
Anenome Fish - Palau 1st Dive

Oceania » Palau » Koror May 7th 2008

So I arranged a trip to palau. I was telling everyone I met. "I'm going to Palau". And they'd say "Cool... um... where's Palau?" and I'd say "Micronesia" and they'd say "Cool....um.... where's Micronesia?" - insert embarrassed tone and bashful expression here - And I'd say "Um....north". I didn't really, exactly know where it was either. Even now, after I've been there I have a little difficulty locating it on a world map. There. I admit it - insert embarrassed tone and bashful expression here. Worldly traveller indeed. But at least I don't think Micronesia is a fictional place made up on the movie Zoolander, like some people I've met. So why was I going to this place if I didn't even really know where it was? Well, I'd heard great things about it from a ... read more
 Sharks were so awesome
Soft Coral
Clown Fish

Oceania » Palau » Koror July 27th 2007

End of July and time for a trip to Palau to sort out some work stuff. I was also planning to take the opportunity to do a little more exploration around the island of Koror and hopefully some sea kayaking. But low and behold, the day before I was to set off for the 1.5 days of travel just to get to Palau from Fiji, I came down with the most horrible cold ever. My nose was, well, disgusting, and I had a very charming I-am-just-about-to-die cough. Great, I thought. But I was not deterred. I was going to Palau because I wanted to do that damn sea kayaking and it was all organised. So there. All that just to say that it was not a particularly pleasant trip over to Palau from Fiji, although I ... read more
Door
Cave with WWII left overs
WWII Gun

Oceania » Palau April 12th 2007

Hello Everyone! I apologize for the lack of posting, the internet connection in Palau is super-spotty. So, on my last night in Palau, sitting on the beach, looking up at the Southern Cross, thinking about what an amazing, magical place this is. If you want to see the most pristine reefs, the most unusual wildlife, and eat the most unusual food, this is the place. The majority of this trip has been spent underwater seeing amazing sea life, including but not limited to: black tipped reef sharks, manta rays, crocodile fish, blennys, etc. I could go on and on, but unfortunately my digital camera doesnt work underwater so I have no photos! It was a REAL screwup on my part not to think about my faithful blog readers. Some of the highlights, if I had ... read more
U'long Island
Japanese gunship
JellyFish Lake

Oceania » Palau April 6th 2007

Alii to everyone from the nation of Palau, in Micronesia! I am sorry it's taken me so long to post, when I got off the twin prop plane in Palau, I felt a sharp pain in my neck and then everything went dark.... I awoke to find myself tied to a spit, with the palauans arguing about who was to light the fire under me. I realized I had been ambushed and hit with a blow dart in the neck, and brought to this strange spot for sacrifice. JK! Palau is unbelieveable. First of all, the Republic of Palau is located only about 7 degrees north of the equator, across the international date line from the United States. The Republic consists of 16 individual "states" which are basically different little islands and atolls that make ... read more
Poison Toad
Japanese Zero
Your Reporter

Oceania » Palau March 10th 2007

Let me explain the title. What was unexpected was finding this huge, brand new, pseudo-classical building up on the top of a hill in the middle of nowhere on the main island of Koror in Palau. This is the new government building, which has been designed so inefficiently from an energy view point that it is costing the government tens of thousands of US dollars a month to maintain! That's money they don't have...nevermind...you can't tell people how to spend their country's money... Enjoy the photos... What was pretty close to a paradise on earth was our visit to the Rock islands on the Saturday after all the meetings and work were over. All that big blue, all those very, very green small islands popping up everywhere. And the empty white beaches. Again the photos say ... read more
Some of the team
Me!
Seafront

Oceania » Palau July 25th 2006

Sorry for the delay...Many of you have been waiting for this blog but here it is !!! Palau is one of the most extraordinary diving spots in the world for many divers but not so many had the chance to really experience diving there...Not much flight to reach the capital Koror (2 per week from Manilla and few others through Guam), a huge area to cover that make day trip quite frustrating (if you are a real diving adicted) and only a few liveaboards (some of them you truly do not want to experience...) For the non divers, Palau and the Micronesia area are so obscure that they could be on the moon....Technically, it is in the middle of nowhere... (North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines) and if you do not like snorkeling or diving ... read more
Sea Fan - Subergorgia Mollis
Grey Reef Shark
FeatherSea Star

Oceania » Palau March 14th 2005

sie ist klein, und sie ist gruen. sie hat magische anziehungskraft - das behaupten zumindest die palauaner, in eintraechtigem unisono mit den meisten anderen insulanern des westlichen pazifik, und verstauen sie liebevoll in eigens dafuer geflochtene basttaeschchen. die rede ist von der betelnuss, des palauaners lieblingsdroge. pazifischer alltag ist nicht denkbar ohne diese wundergabe der natur, die auch an anderen orten dieser welt treue anhaenger hat (betelnuss ist ja neben allerlei gewuerzen und zuckerzeug die hauptingredient des indischen pan). hier in palau wird die nuss der betelnusspalme halbiert und mit ein wenig pulverisiertem lime stone und gegebenfalls ein wenig tabak in ein “pepper leaf“ eingewickelt; waehrend dieser fast schon rituell anmutenden vorbereitung des naechsten “chew“ findet der aufmerksame beobachter auch schon die ersten anzeichen fortschreitender se... read more
suedsee-stilleben
wasserfall in ngatpang
when the day is done




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