From Environmentalgrafitti.com

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I had never thought of snorkeling or of jellyfish as being sensual before, but that’s how it was described to me before entering Jellyfish Lake in Palau. I can’t say that I disagree, having millions of jellyfish rub on your skin feels like being wrapped in silk ribbons. Perhaps you might recognize Jellyfish Lake from the reality TV show of Survivor: Palau or Survivor: Micronesia, in which challenge winners got to snorkel in the lake.

Snorkelling in Jellyfish Lake, PalauPhoto: taka_aka_T

Millions of golden jellyfish (Mastigias sp) inhabit the lake. They are often called non-stinging jellyfish, but in fact they do sting – the sting is just too mild to feel.

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If you want to find the jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake, it’s not hard since there are millions of them. Every day, they make a 1km migration across the lake following the sun. It’s hypothesized that they do this to avoid their anemone predator and to acquire nutrients from the sun-loving algae.

Jellyfish LakePhoto: aSIMULator

There are other jellyfish lakes in Palau, but the one on Eil Malk Island is the only one open to snorkelers. Diving is not allowed, since the bubbles can harm the jellyfish. From the surface, Jellyfish Lake looks like a nice normal lake. You would never guess that millions of jellyfish are lurking in its waters. Jump in!



Sam’s Tours’ and Palau Royal Resort are set to host the two-time Emmy Award winning Kids Sea Camp for a second year. Kids Sea Camp, in collaboration with Continental Airlines, Sport Diver Magazine and PADI Diving Society, is scheduled for the week of November 19-27, 2010. This event “sets the table” for an unforgettable Thanksgiving family vacation. With great value in mind, Kids Sea Camp offers a variety of packages to accommodate a full family of divers or combination of divers and non-divers.

Packages include seven days and seven nights of luxury accommodations at Palau Royal Resort; all meals, including Opening Ceremonies, Beach BBQ, Thanksgiving Feast and Graduation “Survivor Day”; round trip airport transfers; transportation for all excursions; welcome baskets; painting with renowned artist Roger Rogest; Rock Island Tour/Jellyfish Lake; and lots of extras. Kids Sea Camp is a fun filled, educational adventure for the entire family. Parents and certified teens enjoy Palau’s world class diving while younger children and those not yet certified enjoy introductory diving, certification classes and marine education programs including PADI SASY (ages 4-7), PADI SEAL Team program (ages 8-9) and PADI Jr. Open Water Programs (ages 10 – 16). There is week full of adventure for the non-diver as well. Non diving tours included full-day guided Kayak Tour; Babeldaob Island Tour; Ngardmau Waterfall Hike; City Tour; and visit to Palau International Coral Reef Center.

To make the event even more special KIDS FLY FREE on Continental with each accompanying adult fare. Guests will fly from LAX to Palau on Continental Airlines, stay at the beautiful Palau Royal Resort and enjoy an amazing week of adventure with Sam’s Tours Palau. For more information or to reserve your family’s space, call (800) 934-3483, email us at kids@kidsseacamp.com or visit http://kidsseacamp.com/palau/palauhomepage.html.

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.