Trip Start Jan 15, 2008
13Trip End Jul 17, 2008
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Palau is one of the most extraordinary diving spots on this planet. Far to the southwest of Micronesia the Republic of Belau (the traditional name) consists of an archipelago of 343 islands, spread north to south over 100 miles form the atoll of Kayangel to the island of Angaur plus five tiny islands, known as the southwest islands.
Palau's profuse, unspoiled reefs offer a wealth of marine life, coral formations and wrecks. Dives begin in knee deep water and plunge straight down to depths of 1000 feet and more
Palau's famed "Rock Islands" are a collection of rounded, foliage-covered isles which seem to float above the surface of the water
Jellyfish Lake is a well-known dive site. It is one of the rock islands, known to Palau's natives as Ongeim'l Tketau, is one of over 70 similar saltwater lakes in the islands and contains over ten million jellyfish that have descended and evolved from a common ancestor, the spotted jellyfish. Jellyfish Lake is completely isolated, but in the distant past, it had an outlet to the ocean. The outlet was closed off and the high jellyfish population was isolated and started to feed on quickly-reproducing algae. Contrary to popular belief, the jellyfish of Jellyfish Lake do have small stinging cells, or nematocysts. However, because the stinging cells are so tiny, their sting is not detectable on most human tissue, so tourists can enjoy swimming with them much closer than would be possible anywhere else. So, we swam with the Jellyfish and it was incredible how many there were. You could not move with out touching one, so you just float and try not to hit them
At night, the jellyfish descend into a layer of hydrogen sulfide which is found below 15-20m of depth. SCUBA diving in the lake is prohibited to avoid disturbing the jellyfish and also to reduce the risk of hydrogen sulfide poisoning.
What else!?? We met some boys on the flight over and they decided to stay at the same hotel. So, we basically ended up spending our entire trip with them. We went to clubs, got scammed by Parker, a local "taxi" driver, and rented a car and toured the islands with them. It was such a great experience!
The whole trip was well worth it and I can't wait to go back one day!