|(Look at all of that enriched air! But beyond it there are the serene waters of Palau)|
Ok. As we prepared for our second dive of the second day our dive master said, "How do you guys feel about doing chimneys?" What? She then quickly added that this particular chimney was pretty wide, which is good because in my mind I pictured a shaft where my tank was bumping rocks and just drifting down. This was not that! And the loss of pictures hurts me so I'm going to find a link of someone else's from this sight. Probably one of my top three if not top dive in Palau. Click anywhere on that paragraph to watch a short video on that particular dive - seriously do it now and thank me later. We descended one hundred feet into a giant hole of blue ridiculousness and it was amazing. Sharks, sea turtles, and more. Watch the video for a small idea of what it was like.
|(how many blues can your water show at the same time?)|
Highlights of the rest of our dives. We dove down to look at a sea plane, which is pretty cool in the ocean when stuff starts living in, on, around, and through it. A crown of thorns starfish was the best part of that dive besides the plane. Apparently they can cause problems sometimes.
A dive called turtle wall offered a unique experience with a sea turtle climbing/swimming up the wall, completely oblivious to Sarah and me, while he/she had lunch. It was especially fun to us because every time we've seen sea turtle prior to this they are luxuriously gliding through the water.
There is dive sight called Manta Stadium where we hooked in again to sit and await possible manta sightings. Only one but this guy (he was male which was confirmed by our master diver) came swimming around the cleaning station straight at us! He had that "oh hey guys, who wants to jump on for a ride" look on his face as he simply adjusted slightly and went over us. Wow! And yes I anthropomorphize animals. I did not react in time for the ride and missed my chance.
|(Look a fish. We didn't see too much in the caves but this guy had wandered in and we caught him on camera)|
|(one more of the chandeliers)|
|(Time to go)|
We rented a car and shot off into Palau proper. There is a lot of coastline and we had a blast navigating through a much less populated part of the country.
|(A shot of our car as we look back across this man made bridge. The steering wheel was on the right but we drove on the right. What? I had not found that particular combination yet)|
|(Lunch stop at a little resort with only bungalows. It was the first lunch stop we had seen in quite some time so we jumped. It was quite tasty. The most fancy fish sticks I've ever had)|
|(From the end you can see a good number of the stones together)|
|(As I learn to use the camera and get more creative there will be more shots like this, or hopefully better ones. But I like this one as it shows Sarah in the distance and the much disputed monolith up close so you can decide how old it is)|
|(Setting the timer so we can both pose with some monoliths)|
|(We also stopped by the capital building which was sort of in the middle of no where and near no big town at all. Kind of strange but a pretty building with all sorts of interesting architecture)|