Fun things to do in Palau

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    The Blue Corner

    by kenmerk Updated May 28, 2004

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    Probably the most famous dive site in Palau is the Blue Corner. Noted for the gin & tonic clear water, strong currents , and sharks sharks sharks. The strong currents necessitate that dives either hold on to the ledge of the corner, or use a small line and anchor to tie themselves down to the ledge.

    On my first dive here, I didnt really get it. Sure there were some reef sharks about, but the currents were really ripping and visibility wasnt good. I ended up spending most of the dive just holding on for dear life...

    I'm glad I went back though. Next time out the currents were a bit more slack, with much better visibility. And in these conditions, there is just a panorama of marine life circling you. I got to the point where I would take any more shark pix unless I could get at least four or five in a single frame....

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    The Blue Holes

    by kenmerk Updated May 27, 2004

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    Quite a fun dive, especially if the tide is a bit low.... Enter by getting washed over the lip of the reef, trying to time the waves right to enter the mouth of the blue hole. Once in, drop straight down thru a dark vertical shaft about 80 feet.

    Once you emerge from the bottom of the hole, the dive procedes as a drift dive along a wall, which if the currents are strong enough will wash you down to the Blue Corner. (while enjoying the patroling reef sharks which are all about...)

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    Giant Clams

    by kenmerk Updated May 27, 2004

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    Once of the more famed denizens of these waters are the many giant clams about. (Remember that old Batman show where the Joker is about to feed Batman and Robin to the beasts ?? Kinda like that..)

    Once easy place to see them is to snorkel about 50 meters off the beach at the Pacific Palau Resort...

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    The Milky Way

    by kenmerk Updated May 27, 2004

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    See shiny white encrusted bipeds emerging from the Milky way Lagoon.

    Famed for a au natural spa treatment, boat loads of visitors come here and scoop up the white mud at the bottom of the lagoon and smear it all over their sun burnt skin...

    Quite fun.... and soothing...

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    Rock Islands

    by kenmerk Updated May 27, 2004

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    Really the Rock Islands are the best reason to visit Palau....

    Hundreds of small limestone rocks jutting out of the turquoise water... and just filled with all sorts of tropical wildlife, from dudong (sea cows) to crocodiles to every sort of tropical fish you'd ever hope to encounter...

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    Jellyfish Lake

    by GuthrieColin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On one particular Island the sea water has continuously been able to flow from the ocean into the middle of the island by seeping through the coral to a one of a kind lake. Known as Jellyfish Lake, it is a wonder that contains a kind species of jellyfish that is found nowhere else on earth.
    Every other species of Jellyfish can sting and kill their prey in that way, but these jellyfish have the unique property of not being able to sting. The Mastigias jellyfish by an evolutionary turn have lost their ability to sting, and since they have been isolated from any predators they have been able to thrive in their secluded habitat.
    Since the Jellyfish are unable to sting, they have found a new way to produce their own food. They migrate from the bottom of the lake to the top following the sun. In the day they rise to the surface and follow the most direct sunlight. Algae cells in their body collect sunlight and produce proteins and sugars which feed the jellyfish. In the evening they move to the bottom of the lake to gather phosphates and nitrates to fertilize their algae.
    The Rock Island tours will bring you to a dock on the coast of the island where you will hike over the deteriorating coral island and to the lake where you can swim in the lake and you will be able to see the jellyfish up close. It is an eerie feeling swimming with Jellyfish and they feel really strange as you swim into them.

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    Jelly Fish Lake

    by kenmerk Updated May 27, 2004

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    And most famous amongst the rock island locations is the mysterious jelly fish lake. Here millions of white and orange jelly fish fill this salt lake. The jelly fish have lost their stinging ability, make it safe to swim among them.

    When you dive down in the middle of the pulsating pack of jelly fish, it really feels like you have entered another world...

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    Ngatpang Waterfall

    by GuthrieColin Updated Feb 21, 2007

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    A trip to the Ngatpang waterfall will take you about 45 minutes from Koror. The road is dirt but is not as bad as it gets further north. From the road there are several signs pointing the way. There is a short trail down to the bottom that is very muddy so be careful. one of the members of my group broke their sandles in the mud. Not like it was a serious injury or een a big loss but be forwarned that it will more than likely be muddy on the way down.
    The waterfall itself is only about 15 to 20 feet (4-6 m) tall but the surrounding rainforest foliage and sounds of birds and other wildlife make it one to truely remember. I have heard of people swimming in the pool directly beneath the falls but I did not myself.

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    Turtle Cave

    by kenmerk Updated May 27, 2004

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    Similar dive, where, entry is through an overhead opening, and again dropping down through a dark cave...

    Though named turtle cave, I dint see no turtles. Towards the end of the dive, a couple of reef sharks did charge though the middle of our group chasing after a tuna, though, which was pretty exciting...

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    Dolphin Encounters

    by kenmerk Written May 28, 2004

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    As is the trend around the world these days, there is a place in Palau where u can swim with the dolphins.... Actually you can watch a dolphin show, swim with, snorkel with, dive with, probably even breed with the dolphins if you pay enough $$$'s I suppose....

    Now I can see that it would be interesting to swim around with dolphins in the wild, but I have a little bit of a problem with doing it in an enclosed pen for $$$'s. (A little too much of close touristy encounter for the animals for my tastes, I guess....)

    Anyway, I did go down and see them jump around a bit one day.... Sorry no picts as I accidentally deleted the *&^%$## picts I took that day.. (another beer related causuality, I'm afraid...)

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    Kayaking the Islands

    by GuthrieColin Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    Kayaking around the small Rock Islands has become a part of many tours around Palau. The one I took started with a boat ride and after a little snorkeling and more boating we wound up at a beach where the kayaks were stationed.
    From there we paddled around and were able to get much closer to the islands and more greatly appreciate their intricacies. Being in the shadow of the overhanging edges of the mushroom shaped islands gives you a better chance to see the underground streams and brightly colored coral growing beneath them. You will also gain access to some parts of the islands like the tunnel which can only be reached by kayak.
    Sea kayaks are generally open on top and for that reason many people will find that the exposure to the sun is fairly large in these boats. Also since you will be paddling for a long distance in many of the tours you may get a little sore the next day in your shoulders and arms.
    Having experienced all that was sea kayaking in Palau I would highly recommend taking the tour and enjoying the scenery.

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    Milky Way

    by GuthrieColin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In a cove behind one of the islands is an area known by the locals as the "Milky Way." The sand found in this cove is what has given it the name. Its granules are so small that it takes on the consistency of mud. It is however still shell fragments so it is used to exfoliate the skin of visitors and locals alike. When the boat stops here you will be offered a funnel of mud to coat your body with.

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    Ngardmau Waterfall

    by canuckmike Updated Aug 18, 2006

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    Palau's main waterfall and probaly one of Babeldaob's main attractions is Ngardmau Waterfall. Located in Ngardmau state in northern Babeldoab island, Ngardmau waterfall is well worth the excursion to get here. They are one of the most beautiful falls I have ever seen, set in an amazing location. It takes about 30-45 minutes to hike from the parking lot to the waterfalls. It is a bit of a challenging hike so you do have to be in at least a little bit of shape. You have to go up and down hill on some uneven stairs, walk along a river and cross a river, among tree roots and expect to get muddy and sweaty. Sometime the trail can get a bit confusing if you go by yourself because it is mostly marked on where you go, but somethimes you might go the wrong way and can't go no farther so you have to turn around. But it is all worth the hike. A bonus for us when we went was that we did not see another person at all the entire time from the beginning of the hike to the end.

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    Rock Islands

    by GuthrieColin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When in Palau you simply must visit the Rock Islands. These Peculiar mushroom shaped islands were created when a coral reef grew in times when the ocean covered higher elevations. After the oceans receded the Islands of coral remained.
    Trees and other foliage made their way on the coral islands. When walking on these islands be careful but enjoy the landscape. The coral that make up the islands deteriate due to weathering but is still sharp. When walking on them it is still like walking on coral in the ocean.
    The true drawing card of these islands aren't their peculiar landscape it's their odd shapes and natural beauty. I saw pictures before I traveled to Palau but the sight was even more inspiring than I imagined, and it is still a surreal memory for me.
    Snorkeling and Diving arround the Islands was the most amazing visuals that I have seen while diving. I saw everything from small brightly colored fish to Baracuda. The beaches that have formed at some of the larger islands are of extremely fine sand which is nothing more than very finely crushed sea shells and coral.

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    The Arch

    by GuthrieColin Updated Nov 16, 2006

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    The Beauty of the of the Rock islands is very aparent when adventuring through them. Some of the islands are only 20 feet (6 m) around and others are hundreds of acres. This island is one of the most photographed sights above water in all of Palau. It is commonly referred to as the Arch.
    The weathering of this tiny island left it in this peculiar shape. The span of this arch is said to be about 50 feet (15 m) and at least 30 feet (9 m) above the surface of the water in low tide. On our expedition the boat driver actually drove underneath the arch which he said could only be done at high tide. Reguardless to it's accessability it's shape is quite enough to make it something to see.

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