Since Jellyfish Lake and the Rock Islands were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in July 2012, more and more seasoned travelers are choosing Palau as a vacation destination. Recent statistics indicate that nearly 100,000 people visit Palau annually. Holidaymakers who have not yet explored Palau’s charms may be yearning to ascertain if the above water cuisine experience matches Palau’s underwater treasures. During our ten-day stay on Palau, we were treated to a variety of local tastes that we highly recommend to incoming visitors.
Eric Kuo, the owner of Rose Garden Resort, Palau international Tours, and Mingles So Thai restaurant is a wonderful host and creative entrepreneur. At Rose Garden Resort, we enjoyed our room with a view as well as our giant Palau breakfast of eggs, rice and delicious white snapper, truly one of the tastiest fish entrees we’ve ever sampled.
In town, Mingles So Thai employs Thai chefs who serve authentic and delicious Thai cuisine. Having spent over three months in Thailand over the last year, we can vouch for the quality of the food. The whole fresh Unicorn and Parrotfish were beautifully presented and very tasty. The veggie dishes, Penang Tofu and Pad Thai were also excellent.
After recently snorkeling with whale sharks in the Philippines and scuba diving among a tornado of barracuda off Sipadan, Borneo, I wondered if Palau scuba diving would live up to the hype. Scuba dive sites in Palau are famously wonderful and teeming with marine life; I had been informed that some of the best dive sites in the world were situated at the edge of paradise in Palau’s Rock Islands. Our day out withNeco Marine Dive shop did not disappoint. From the moment of our arrival in the shop, the entire dive team — especially Dive Instructor Dale — went above and beyond the call of duty.
Whether snorkeling or diving, each person was given attention to make sure they were prepared for an excellent day of adventure. We were all primed with our green Rock Islands cards that are required for entering the water in this UNESCO protected area.
Our first scuba dive site in Palau was Coral Garden. In Coral Garden, I immediately felt like I was in a magical place. During our hour underwater reaching depths of 47 feet, my dive buddy, Terry, and I saw green turtles, anemones, clams, purple and green damselfish, angelfish as well as mackerel. We slowly meandered through the reef garden, enjoying every second of our Nitrox dive.
Our time in Palau was filled with natural wonders and outdoor adventures like kayaking, snorkeling, double rainbows, incredible sunsets, Milky Way (below) and UNESCO sites: the Rock Islands(see beach photo below) and Jellyfish Lake. I loved diving Blue Corner where I was hooked into a rock at 47 feet and literally flew like a kite in the current as gray tip sharks sailed by. A giant thank you to Molly, Jayvon, Alu, Kadoi and Marvin from the Palau Visitors Authority for an incredible trip. We are working on several articles and movies to share all the sights and great hotels with you as soon as possible. Our new friends, Annette, Dean, Donna, John and Terry, made the trip even better!
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Thank you to Annette White for the photo above learn more about her photos, food journeys and life as “a passionate restaurateur, fearless nibbler and new experience collector who is traveling the world in search of bucket list worthy experiences.”
David Thompson is an incredible intrepid traveler, writer and friend. He has definitely taken us under his wing and helped us with our travels, our website and our events. We are thrilled to be able to share his recent travels to Palau with you.
The word “paradise” is truly defined by Palau’s northern most state of Kayangel, which is composed of merely four small atoll islands. Total population: under 100. Total “wow” factor: 100+ percent. It is places like this that you only read about in travel magazines or see on TV – and when you find yourself in one of these places (such as Kayangel), you have to pinch yourself to make sure its not a dream.
It’s easy to get ‘high’ here – perhaps from chewing betlenut for the first time but more likely it is a natural high that comes from being in a place that is so remarkably beautiful. Ngeriungs Islet (one of the atolls) is privately owned and only two tour companies from Palau are allowed access.
The dazzle of the sparkling aquamarine and turquoise waters are breathtaking. But even more inspiring in today’s world of mass tourism that often over runs places like these – is the fact there are just no people here. In that sense, remote is good. Palau itself is remote of course and this part of the country is even more so. The entire country of Palau boasts a population of approximately 20,000 people and by far the majority of those people live in the south in and around its largest town, Koror.
The beaches continue to change and evolve here because of wave action and storms. The sand is almost untouched – other than flocks of sea birds which soak up the views. Wait for the tide to drop and a prime piece of temporary real estate appears in the form of a long white sand beach that magically stretches almost between the islands. This change can happen quickly – in the span of an hour.
You just don’t want to leave this special place. Lunch is freshly caught fish (caught earlier by line fishing on the 90 minute boat ride here) – grilled on the barbeque or prepared raw as sashimi. There’s not many things better in this life than fresh sashimi simply prepared with soy sauce, lemon and wasabi. And accompanied by a Margarita. Or perhaps a beer picked up in one of the local markets.
One gets used to certain types of banana’s that are grown specifically for the mass consumer. These tend to be dense and all have the same general bland flavor. Kayangel Atoll is known throughout Palau for its bananas – it is refreshing to try a banana that has a unique flavor with an appealing “lightness” in texture. Oh, and they often eat their bananas here with peanut butter! The island also produces delicious papaya and refreshing coconut juice.
This part of Palau has excellent line fishing. The fishing is so good, that if you have not caught a fish within a minute or so of dropping your line, the guides will insist you try somewhere else. If you aren’t pulling in a fish with nearly each line drop, perhaps you just aren’t paying attention to the tug on your line. The fish are so plentiful in parts of the reef that nearly every drop of the line produces a “strike” from a fish.
During a recent stay in Palau – we used Impac Tours for all our guided outings. In our experience, their staff is very well trained, courteous, helpful and puts customer service at the core of their tours and activities. The island attractions are certainly not going anywhere and there are a number of tour companies in Koror all competing for tourist dollars – so the differentiating factor between each tour provider is their customer service and Impac over delivers in this regard.
Impact tours will arrange this full day tour, leaving from either their office in Koror or area hotels. The journey to the atoll takes about 2.5 hours – as you take your time on the way, possibly visiting Palau’s large capital building (built all alone, completely surrounded by jungle) and taking some time to snorkel the edge of a reef on the boat ride.
A day visit to this part of Palau is offered through their “Rainbow’s End, North Explorer Tour” – but perhaps you would like more time to absorb this region’s unique beauty. For truly a “local” experience, consider a home-stay on the main island of Kayangel. Several families either allow you to stay with them or have a separate room or home for guests. The state’s entire miniscule population is on this island, spread out among several villages. Impac tours can help arrange your transportation and the actual home-stay.
As adults, we may go out with another couple now and again, but for teens, group dating is the norm! “One thing that teens do on dates that adults should do is go out with a group. The stars are great about networking and going to parties as a group. They have a crowd and they easily meet more people. I think adults often want to go out in pairs or individually. I think adults should phone a friend and go with a group,” says Lisa Niver of WeSaidGoTravel, who worked as a set teacher on Nickelodeon’s new show, Bella and the Bulldogs.
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I am in St. Kitts this week for Restaurant week with a brand new LG G4 phone. I am enjoying testing it out. Look for great photos of my adventures on all social media: Instagram,Facebook, Twitter
I hope that your summer is full of freedom and fun.
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Brene Brown’s book: Daring Greatly takes its title from a quote by Theodore Roosevelt:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.
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At this time between Passover and Shavuot, I am counting the Omer with readings by Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar. Thank you to Rabbi Faith Dantowitz for the introduction.
From Day 36:
Courage to live. Courage to love. Courage to risk. Courage to fail. And patience. It takes time to become the person we want to be, to grow and unfold, to fail and persevere. There is a vastness between what is possible and what is real; an expanse of uncertainty, ambiguity, and doubt. When we are afraid, we are paralyzed, suspended in midair between imagination and manifestation. It is the natural course of things to have our dreams lay fallow; only care and determination make the ground rich and ready to bear fruit.
When we see our limitations as failure we are afraid. Be brave and step into your life.
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The Power of Choice
At this time between Passover and Shavuot, I am counting the Omer with readings by Rabbi Karyn Kedar. Thank you to Rabbi Faith Dantowitz for the introduction.
From Day 15 of Counting the Omer:
Choose the one next step towards self-actualization, towards shift in perspective, towards living in the light and emerging from darkness.
To choose! To acknowledge! To affirm! Choice is empowerment when we choose to live differently, to be better. With every choice we defy inertia, with every choice we expand our sense of possibility. With every choice we become emboldened. But it isn’t easy, nor is it linear. We go back and forth between choice and discernment, reaffirming our decisions, reexamining everything. The spiritual path is a zigzag, a switchback up a mountain. It is exhausting, riddled with doubt and setbacks. There are so many ways to get us to where we need to go.
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He says: “You’ve got to use whatever past you came from as part of the origin story that shapes the hero you will become. Welcome to day one. You are the superhero you’ve been waiting for.” Enter now!
My recent article about Bravery: “YOU ARE THE AUTHOR OF YOUR STORY. YOU ARE THE HERO YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. ACCEPT THAT YOU’RE THE ONE WHO WILL SOLVE YOUR CHALLENGES, AND THAT YOU ARE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE TASK.”