8.27.2008

BENEATH THE SURFACE...

With the diverse colors of Palau’s rich marine environment, the list of action-packed water activities in Palau reveals a rainbow of choices. For instance, Palau has an abundance of the most spectacular sports fishing opportunities. One can troll for game fish such as mammoth 400-pounds blue marlin, sailfish, giant trevally, wahoo and tuna. It’s a rare day when one of several fully-equipped and locally guided custom sports fishing vessels fails to come back with the proverbial “big catch.”
     There are an abundance of choices for those who favor more relaxing activities such as spear fishing, reef casting, hitching a ride on a bamboo raft or simply bringing a hand line to the Rock Islands to catch lunch, the local way, bottom fishing.
     For those not into fishing, the Rock Islands provide the shelter of tiny isles with calm seas that afford ideal sites for snorkeling, swimming and taking brisk rides on inflatables towed by powerful speedboats.
     All over Palau, visitors will find the tranquility of white, sugar sand beaches, where at times, the only footprints are one’s own. This is where swimming in privacy can be relished, and where year-round, 80 to 86° F water temperatures are indescribably soothing and therapeutic.
These very conditions make snorkeling compelling as well, where shallow reefs reveal tropical fish and Technicolor giant clams thriving amongst a prism of corals. After splashing around or snorkeling the sparkling blue waters, soak up the sun or immerse in a favorite novel on a postcard-perfect coconut tree covered beach. Check out the comments below!

2 comments:

suzierod said...

Preparing for my first trip to Palau next week, I watched a video entitled "Palau: Paradise of the Pacific." It's part of the Living Eden series centering around the last unspoiled places on earth.

Isolated in the middle of the Pacific, far from much of anything, this archipelago has evolved with little interference. Wind and sea and time have created unique quirks, such as islets poised above the sea on slender columns, land-locked salt pools with stingless jellyfish, creatures found here and nowhere else on earth.

Traveling with other journalists next week through this Living Eden will be something to write home about--so keep an eye out!

Courtney said...

I consider myself fortunate to have received my diver certification in the Philippines, one of the best places to dive in the world.

As I prepare for my journey to Palau, I feel extremely lucky to have my second diving excursion in one of the most naturally preserved underwater locations.

I am eager to meet our group of journalists as I believe this will be a treasured experience for all of us!

The Path to Palau

For those who happen to be Survivor fans, there is no need to introduce the incredible destination of Palau. Consistently ranked as one of the world's best dive destinations, Palau is the ultimate paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurous travelers.