PALAU

Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific; its population of around 21,000 is spread across 250 islands. Although geographically part of Micronesia, Palau became independent in 1978 and is now associated with the US. The spectacular “Rock Islands” region in Palau’s southern lagoon was named a World Heritage site in 2012. This 18 square mile area includes approximately 300 islands renowned for their beaches, blue lagoons and their peculiar mushroom-like shapes. The Rock Islands and their surrounding reefs offer many of Palau’s popular dive sites including Jellyfish Lake, a popular snorkeling site. This marine lake is filled with jellyfish unique to Palau; while these jellyfish do have small stinging cells, their sting is not felt by humans. In 2007 we returned to Palau to dive with Navot and Tova Bornovsky of Fish and Fins on the Ocean Hunter II.