Traveled Nov, 2011
On my first full day in Palau, I took a day tour to the Rock Islands. A naval ship was in port and they were filling up many of Sam’s Tours but they put me on a private tour with a young couple from San Diego. We snorkeled on the “Big drop off” and I saw several sharks.
We ate our box lunches at a beach and then stopped to swim with the Jellies at Jellyfish Lake. We snorkeled more to see 7 ton giant clams and a WWII crashed airplane.
We had another stop at the “Milky Way” where we lathered up with mud and then jumped into the ocean in a big white splash!
Back at Sam’s, I had a couple of “Red Rooster” Beers – the national beer and watched an American magician put on a show for the locals and had a nice sunset.
On the second day was my kayak tour to Nikko Bay. We saw several alligators on our way out to a hidden cove to get on our kayaks.
We swam thru a tiny opening in the rocks to a marine lake called “Disneyland Lake”. The colors of the coral and fishes was amazing.
We kayaked into a big cave and had lunch on a wooden platform in the bay. It was raining pretty hard so we hiked on a couple islands and stopped at a Japanese Pillbox – a bunker from WWII. I had a few beers at Sam’s before returning to the guesthouse.
One the fourth day, I had done most of the non-scuba tours at Sam’s Tours and I had enjoyed the Rock Islands so much I wanted to go back. This ended up being one of the most fun days of the whole trip! There were 6 of us – a couple from Canada, 2 guys from Guam, and an airline pilot. The pilot was hilarious. We saw so many sharks this day and I saw a huge moray eel. I saw even more jellyfish on this day too. Back at Sam’s, I had a beer and then I had to go off to the airport to go back to Manila.