The sun sets around 6 pm on Palau. It was dark and raining heavily when we landed in Koror. Apparently August is the worst month to visit Palau weather wise :). I was happy we called ahead and arranged for transportation to the hotel. They met us right away and dropped us at the DW motel – a pretty basic place geared towards the Japanese tourists with no TV, internet or phone, but the service was very good.
On the first day we took a tour of the islands with Impac tour company. There was a bit of everything, a little kayaking, some white clay bath, jellyfish lake snorkeling and ocean snorkeling.

Kayaking through rocky islands
Kayaking through rocky islands

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Washing off the white mud that came from the limestone wall in the background
Washing off the white mud that came from the limestone wall in the background
Lunch stop
Lunch stop
Rocky islands
Rocky islands

Seeing thousands of harmless jellyfish definitely stood out. It was worth the $100/person environmental pass fee to see them. It was a fun packed day.

Beautiful harmless jellyfish
Beautiful harmless jellyfish
Millions of jellyfish
Millions of jellyfish
Peacefully floating
Peacefully floating
Snorkeling with jellyfish
Snorkeling with jellyfish

On the second day we took another tour with Impac, this time more focused on snorkeling. The weather did not cooperate at all, it rained all day. The Long Beach we were supposed to see was under water because of the high tide, so they took us to Carp Island where we spent most of the day. It ended up being a pretty relaxing day.

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Baby trees
Baby trees
Carp Island
Carp Island

Back in Koror, after dinner at Anthias cafe, we packed and by midnight we were on the way home.

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September 7, 2014

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