Greetings to you all again from Palau. Doug and I just got back to town from another ten days of diving the absolutely fantastic waters of Palau. You may all wonder how we are managing to do so much diving in one of the world’s top diving spots without going bankrupt! That is why we have our own home on the water and our taxi out to the dive sites, our dinghy! We have jumped through some beaurocratic hoops to obtain a Koror State ID card. If we did not have this card Doug and I would have to pay $25 each for 10 day visitor permits that would enable us to visit the Palau Rock Islands. We still have to pay $40 for a 30 day cruising permit but we figure that is definitely doable.
We can now take ourselves and our boat out to the Rock Islands and down to the best dive sites. The closest anchorage to the diving is still a good 20 to 60 minute dinghy ride but it is worth it. We take two tanks with us and a lunch and just go dive, dive, dive!!
Here is a map of Palau and the dive sites: (just click on it to enlarge it)
Home base is up in the right hand corner, inside what is called the Pinchers. That is where Koror state’s main town is. We sail out of there and southwest down to Ulong Island where there is a pretty good anchorage. The dinghy ride is only about 20-30 minutes to the amazing Ulong Channel. I am of the opinion that Ulong Channel is some of the best diving I have ever seen in my 10 plus years of diving. The sail to Ulong Island is about 2-3 hours. Next we head south of Ulong Ilsand for about another 2-3 hours sailing to the small group of islands just northeast of German Channel. There the dinghy ride is longer, but the dive sites are numerous and fabulous! Blue Hole, Blue Corner, Manta Feeding Station just to name a few!
When we are not diving we are exploring around the Rock Islands. This last trip we found a very cool swim-through that came out into a small lake. Here is a picture of looking into the lake through the opening.
When we got through to the other side, snorkeling, we made two very cool discoveries. One was a new jellyfish.
The other discovery was…… a BOMB!!!
Believe me… as soon as we got back to town we let the authorities know about this bomb. And found out it is not unusual to still be finding them here and there. There was a major WWII battle down in the southern Palauan state of Pelalu.
I have added another Palauan page to the right with MORE underwater critters from our last outing. Go take a look and enjoy!