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Jellyfish lake

Posted by admin On August - 19 - 2009

Jelly fish lake (Palauan: Ongeim’l Tketau) is simply amazing! I had heard about this extraordinary lake before – it’s unique on the world just in Palau. It is located on Eil Malk island in Palau’s Southern Lagoon between Koror and Peleliu. The lake is part of the rock islands and it is the only one of 70 lakes allowed to visit by tourists. Jelly fish lake is famous for snorkeling. You can’t scuba dive because the scuba gear could harm the sensitive jelly fish and at a depth of about 15m the lake becomes toxic through the hydrogen sulfide. To go there you need to buy a certain pass valid for 10 days and costs US$35. Mostly the visit is part of a dive trip anyway. After arriving at Eil Malk you will climb up the hill and then climb down again. It can be slippery especially if you wear flip flops. Then you change into your snorkel gear and you will be overwhelmed! After swimming towards the middle of the lake out of a sudden you will be surrounded of hundreds of mostly golden jelly fish. I free dove down just to enjoy to be in the center of all of them… Fells like in a fairy tale. So beautiful, so fragile. Be careful not to kick to hard with your fins – the jelly fish are easy harmed. That was one of the most amazing experiences I ever had what made me reverent towards the creation on earth. I had experiences one of the millions of wonders.

Jellyfish Lake

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Viewpoint Ngemelis

Posted by admin On August - 15 - 2009
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Camping at Ngemelis Island

Posted by admin On August - 14 - 2009

First impressions of Palau

Posted by admin On August - 13 - 2009

In August I finally arrived in Palau to do my dive master training. I had heard a few things about it but not many people I knew and at this point nobody I knew has been traveled there before. It was very exciting. After me falling in love with Fiji and especially Nananu-I-Ra (Daydream Island) in 2006 I still was looking for a place comparable to my paradise. Something close to that and I have to admit so far on all my travels I could not find anything even close…. until visiting Ngemelis island in Palau.
What a pristine place – what a gemstone, a pearl of the pacific! Crystal-clear water surrounding that small island group close to the famous ‘Blue Corner’ dive site. Few years ago that island was only used by the chief family for holidays and now it is public. But it is about a 30min drive with boat from Koror and you barely see any people there ever. Maybe around lunch time few dive boats stop by and let their guest eat… Palau use to has the only intact reef people told me. They have the first and only shark sanctuary of the world. They take a fee for using their waters but therefore the Palauens also clean the beaches and reefs… It is definitely a garden Eden when you walk the empty soft beaches along the water watching the kingfisher and the paradise birds…. and then the sun touches your skin softly and you feel happy simply to be alive and to say thank you! After all amazing places I was lucky enough to visit this one is one of a kind –  a last true paradise and it is worth protecting! Read the rest of this entry »

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