|Jellyfish Lake, Republic of Palau by Olivier Blaise|
The Republic of Palau (also spelled Belau or Pelew) is one of world’s most spectacular diving and snorkelling destinations. Though most tourists who come here like to spend their time underwater exploring coral reefs, blue holes and hidden caves and tunnels, there’s lots of Micronesian flora and fauna to be enjoyed too, from the exotic birds and fruit bats the size of hawks to the orchids that sprout in the backyards. Due to it’s proximity to the Philippines, Manilla is one of four locations with direct flights in and out of Palau. These flights are relatively quick and inexpensive, making it easy to add at day or two of diving at the Palau islands to the trip. Other destinations with direct flights to and from Palau include Guam, Seoul, and Taipei.
|Jellyfish Lake, aerial view by Anaxibia|
If you were to snorkel just before dawn or dusk, you will witness a two-step jelly ballet, a simple rhythm as soothing and vital as a heartbeat. The jellies spend their days in privileged leisure, pulsating gently from one side of the lake to the other while rotating counterclockwise to catch the sun’s rays and farming their own food supply of algae. While most of the jellyfish in the world sting, this is an unusual phenomena that allows you to actually go swimming safely with them.
|Jellyfish Lake by Lukas|
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