One particular regret I had about traveling to the Micronesian island of Palau was not becoming licensed to scuba dive and thus not owning the chance to be surrounded by dozens of sharks in the famous Blue Corner.
For most men and women that would be a reward, not a regret.
I in fact was qualified numerous a long time back, but certainly would have needed a severe refresher system ahead of experience comfy sufficient to dive in 1 of the world’s most renowned scuba diving places. But, it turned out that there were three other means of exploring the island of Palau by sea that proved to be visually fruitful also and not entirely sans sharks. I mean a shark. There was only one.
The upcoming most effective detail to scuba diving in the waters surrounding Palau island is snorkeling and these of us without having diving certification would be executing it for three days of this drinking water-filled trip. Each individual early morning we were guided by a unique trustworthy business by the Rock Islands.
With Sam’s Excursions we experienced 1 of my most unforgettable bucket checklist encounters by being enveloped in jellyfish while snorkeling in the Environment well known Jellyfish Lake. Thankfully, these critters have been stingless, for the reason that they may possibly have initially fearful me more than the sharks. They also took us to Clam Metropolis to witness the big mollusks that can probably mature much more than 4 toes. Stuck on the bottom of the sea, they did not frighten me almost as considerably as the jellyfish.
Neco Marine did take us to the Blue Corner the place the lucky accredited divers have been surrounded by gray and white suggestion reef sharks, although I snorkeled trying to spot a stray shark from the leading of the h2o. And I did see a lonely a single from the ocean’s floor.
Instead of turning to rapidly swim in the opposite direction, I chased it right until it disappeared into the depths of blue.
Lastly, Fish n’ Fins took us to New Drop Off where my bucket checklist aim of ‘swimming with a school of fish’ was easily checked off about a dozen moments about. There was even a sweet turtle floating about. Furthermore, the color of coral was vibrant, producing it search as if we were being inside of an aquarium rather of the warm Palau waters.
Snorkeling was not the only way to check out the Palauan waters, kayaking was a practical selection also. Sam’s Tours led us along the edges of the islets and in shallow plenty of water to see the Sea cucumbers on the sandy ground.
We were able to squeeze into spaces that the motor boats could not maybe suit into.
In in between the snorkeling and kayaking we boated by way of the Rock Islands exploring all of its nooks, weaving in and out of the hundreds of islets. A various perceptive.
And even although the weather and views have been typically fantastic, there was just one working day traveling by boat the place we have been caught in a storm.
…and we have been all even now smiling due to the fact it just added to the adventurous and memorable practical experience of Palau.
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Disclosure: I was a guest of Palau Visitor’s Authority, but all the text I compose come straight from my, occasionally distorted, thoughts. Just as it should be.