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Palau and Yap August 2006

After many hours in 4 airports & 3 airplanes, and crossing the International Dateline we arrived in Palau on the eve of August 4th, 2006. We were greeted by four days of windy and stormy weather, which unfortunately impacted the visibility of many of our dives. Fortunately, however, the weather took a turn and was beautiful for the remainder of the trip. We stayed at West Plaza By the Sea and dove with Sam’s Tours. Each morning Sam’s picked us up @ the hotel for the 10 minute drive to the operation. The diving in Palau was diverse: walls, caverns, drift dives, WWII wrecks, “muck” diving and a myriad of fascinating marine creatures including the elusive Mandarinfish. One of the many highlights of our time in Palau was Jellyfish Lake where we snorkeled w/over 18 million mastigias jellyfish which was an amazingly beautiful and peaceful experience. After 12 nights in Palau we headed to Yap for the final 3 days of our adventure. In Yap we stayed at the Manta Ray Bay Hotel and we were immediately very impressed upon our arrival. The accommodations were first class and the dive operation was conveniently part of the hotel. Each room had a theme and we stayed in the “Jellyfish” room. One of the highlights of Yap, no, one of the highlights of all of our travels came on the last day of our diving. We headed out to the dive site with glassy ocean conditions and then dove and swam with Manta Rays for several hours. It was a spectacular end to a wonderful trip. To capture & share this experience Rick used a Canon EOS 20d in an Aquatica Housing with dual Inon strobes. Rick shot macro with the Canon 60mm macro lens and wide angle with Canon’s 10-22 lens. Susie used an Olympus SP-350 in an Olympus housing with a Sea and Sea YS-90DX strobe. Susie used an Inon macro lens for macro and Inon wide angle lens for wide angle.
Our accommodations in Koror, Palau
Our accommodations in Koror, Palau
Anemonefish on Chuyo Maru WWII wreck
Anemonefish on "Chuyo Maru" WWII wreck
Pseudoceros bedfordi, Magic Carpet Ride, vibrantly colored flatworm by Susie
Pseudoceros bedfordi, Magic Carpet Ride, vibrantly colored flatworm by Susie
Blenny inside battery compartment on the Helmet Wreck  WWII Japanese Gun Ship?
Blenny inside battery compartment on the "Helmet Wreck" WWII Japanese Gun Ship?
 Macro of the same supercharged  blenny
Macro of the same "supercharged" blenny
Find Waldo, (well this one is too easy)
Find Waldo, (well this one is too easy)
Polyps up close
Polyps up close
 Another Polyp Macro with a dab of purple
Another Polyp Macro with a dab of purple
Firework show of  coral polyps
Firework show of coral polyps
The Voyer, wherever you are I'll be watching...
The Voyer, wherever you are I'll be watching...
common Nudibranch, phyllidia pustulosa
common Nudibranch, phyllidia pustulosa
Lizardfish, any closer and I'm out of here...
Lizardfish, any closer and I'm out of here...
Glowing Squid, as curious about me as I was of him...
Glowing Squid, as curious about me as I was of him...
 Soldierfish, but not much of a soldier
Soldierfish, but not much of a soldier
Pink Anemonefish, Amphiprion perideraion, checking out the camera
Pink Anemonefish, Amphiprion perideraion, checking out the camera
Juvenile Lionfish, these guys always have their head in the corner, should be the time-out fish
Juvenile Lionfish, these guys always have their head in the corner, should be the "time-out" fish
 Coral Macro
Coral Macro
Soft Coral up close
Soft Coral up close
Soft Coral Macro
Soft Coral Macro
Pixy hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus
Pixy hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus
damselfish
damselfish
Jellyfish Lake--cut off from the ocean & trapped 20 million years ago
Jellyfish Lake--cut off from the ocean & trapped 20 million years ago
Now that's a lot of Jellyfish!
Now that's a lot of Jellyfish!
Susie at Jellyfish Lake
Susie at Jellyfish Lake
Rick trying to get the perfect shot
Rick trying to get the perfect shot
Sunshine, Seawater and lots of Smack
Sunshine, Seawater and lots of Smack
A little more smack
A little more smack
Susie enjoying Jellyfish Lake a bit too much
Susie enjoying Jellyfish Lake a bit too much
Right on the lens...
Right on the lens...
Jellyfish Lake Jelly - detailed close-up by Susie
Jellyfish Lake Jelly - detailed close-up by Susie
More Smack - we couldn't get enough
More Smack - we couldn't get enough
Susie literally dropped down on this cuttlefish at the start of our dive
Susie literally dropped down on this cuttlefish at the start of our dive
Master of disguise
Master of disguise
More Cuttlefish action
More Cuttlefish action
Close-up view from Susie's camera
Close-up view from Susie's camera
Hard to gauge scale, but this cuttlefish was pretty big
Hard to gauge scale, but this cuttlefish was pretty big
Cuttlefish with Susie in the background
Cuttlefish with Susie in the background
Anemonefish and a dab of Purple
Anemonefish and a dab of Purple
Little translucent shrimp
Little translucent shrimp
Crocodilefish on Chuyo Maru wreck
Crocodilefish on Chuyo Maru wreck
Tomato Anemonefish checking out the intruder to his world
Tomato Anemonefish checking out the intruder to his world
Same Tomato Anemonefish w/ Green Anemone
Same Tomato Anemonefish w/ Green Anemone
Mr. Curious
Mr. Curious
Squid at the end of a dive under the mooring rope
Squid at the end of a dive under the mooring rope
Showing off his colors for the camera
Showing off his colors for the camera
Chromodoris annae, dorid nudibranch pair
Chromodoris annae, dorid nudibranch pair
More action
More action
a little more
a little more
Fryeria picta Nudibranch
Fryeria picta Nudibranch
Chromodoris coi Nudibranch
Chromodoris coi Nudibranch
Orange-Finned Anemonefish, Amphiprion chrysopterus
Orange-Finned Anemonefish, Amphiprion chrysopterus
Summer and Tom
Summer and Tom
Tom Silhouetted
Tom Silhouetted
 Some Red, a Little Blue and Susie
Some Red, a Little Blue and Susie
Unusual anemone w/anemonefish
Unusual anemone w/anemonefish
 Orange-Finned Anemonefish
Orange-Finned Anemonefish
Rick on a wall dive
Rick on a wall dive
Rick on Barnum Drop off, I think he needs more lights
Rick on Barnum Drop off, I think he needs more lights
Feathertail Stingray, taking off to a less crowded beach
Feathertail Stingray, taking off to a less crowded beach
Stingray with hitchhikers
Stingray with hitchhikers
 Double the fun
Double the fun
Spadefish, another friend of Susie
Spadefish, another friend of Susie
Spadefish Take Two
Spadefish Take Two
Life on the Wall...Pyramid Butterflyfish, Hemitaurichthys polylepis & a Moorish idol, Zanclus cornutus
Life on the Wall...Pyramid Butterflyfish, Hemitaurichthys polylepis & a Moorish idol, Zanclus cornutus
 Time for school
Time for school
Dexter, our awesome dive master,
Dexter, our awesome dive master,
Oh no, Susie is sick...
Oh no, Susie is sick...
JAKE Seaplane, resting @ 45ft.
JAKE Seaplane, resting @ 45ft.
Ghosts of WWII
Ghosts of WWII
JAKE Seaplane in Black and White
JAKE Seaplane in Black and White
JAKE--allied code name for the Aichi E13A-1 Japanese Navy Seaplane
JAKE--allied code name for the Aichi E13A-1 Japanese Navy Seaplane
JAKE Seaplane
JAKE Seaplane
Crown of Thorns
Crown of Thorns
Susie and Dexter entering Chandelier Cave
Susie and Dexter entering Chandelier Cave
Dexter in Chandelier Cave
Dexter in Chandelier Cave
Susie in Chandelier Cave
Susie in Chandelier Cave
Deer in the headlights
Deer in the headlights
Dexter forgot he was underwater with this pose
Dexter forgot he was underwater with this pose
Susie trying to become one with the stalactites
Susie trying to become one with the stalactites
One of the caverns where we could surface
One of the caverns where we could surface
Susie at the entrance of Chandelier Cave
Susie at the entrance of Chandelier Cave
The elusive Mandarinfish, synchiropus splendidus
The elusive Mandarinfish, synchiropus splendidus
Another Mandarinfish Pose
Another Mandarinfish Pose
Mandarinfish pair appearing from the shadows
Mandarinfish pair appearing from the shadows
Mating Mandarinfish Pair
Mating Mandarinfish Pair
My home is my bottle
My home is my bottle
Network Pipefish, Corythoichthys flavofasciatus
Network Pipefish, Corythoichthys flavofasciatus
Network Pipefish Pair
Network Pipefish Pair
Pipefish up close and personal...
Pipefish up close and personal...
Feather Duster
Feather Duster
Macro of the Bivalve of a Tridacna Clam
Macro of the Bivalve of a Tridacna Clam
Tridacna Clam Macro
Tridacna Clam Macro
 Spiny Devilfish
Spiny Devilfish
Spiny Devilfish
Spiny Devilfish
Spiny Devilfish with flared fins
Spiny Devilfish with flared fins
Crocodile Flathead, Cymbacephalus Beauforti
Crocodile Flathead, Cymbacephalus Beauforti
Puppy Dog  Eyes
Puppy Dog Eyes
Crocodilefish
Crocodilefish
Orbicular Cardinalfish
Orbicular Cardinalfish
 Juvenile Puffer
Juvenile Puffer
Blenny
Blenny
Batman
Batman
If that flash goes off in my eyes one more time...
If that flash goes off in my eyes one more time...
Protecting his territory
Protecting his territory
Tridacna Giant clam macro
Tridacna Giant clam macro
Reaching for the Stars,  Fromia nodosa  Starfish
Reaching for the Stars, Fromia nodosa Starfish
Filefish
Filefish
Filefish @ Sam's muck dive
Filefish @ Sam's muck dive
another one in the muck
another one in the muck
blenny condo's
blenny condo's
Map Puffer, Arothron mappa
Map Puffer, Arothron mappa
Staredown  - usually docile, but extremely venomous sea snake, Laticauda colubrina
Staredown - usually docile, but extremely venomous sea snake, Laticauda colubrina
Juvenile Batfish
Juvenile Batfish
Juvenile Cuttlefish, sepia latimanus
Juvenile Cuttlefish, sepia latimanus
Same cute little Cuttlefish
Same cute little Cuttlefish
Juvenile Cuttlefish, new colors
Juvenile Cuttlefish, new colors
Adult Cuttlefish
Adult Cuttlefish
Juvenile Many-Spotted Sweetlips
Juvenile Many-Spotted Sweetlips
Another Juvenile Sweetlips
Another Juvenile Sweetlips
Ornate Elysia Sea Slug
Ornate Elysia Sea Slug
Self Portrait
Self Portrait
Rick's unexplained rash after snorkeling by Sam's dock without his wetsuit
Rick's unexplained rash after snorkeling by Sam's dock without his wetsuit
Susie enjoying lunch between dives in Palau
Susie enjoying lunch between dives in Palau
Dive Guide Dexter between dives in Palau
Dive Guide Dexter between dives in Palau
Rock Island Arch in Palau
Rock Island Arch in Palau
Heading back from a day of diving...
Heading back from a day of diving...
Risong Bay Kayak tour in Palau
Risong Bay Kayak tour in Palau
peering from a cave during our kayaking trip
peering from a cave during our kayaking trip
Dean, our kayak guide, on mirror-smooth water
Dean, our kayak guide, on mirror-smooth water
Dean, our kayak guide
Dean, our kayak guide
Susie during a lunch & snorkeling break during our kayak tour
Susie during a lunch & snorkeling break during our kayak tour
Turquoise Oasis
Turquoise Oasis
paddling our way to Mandarin Fish Lake
paddling our way to Mandarin Fish Lake
Susie during our lunch & snorkel break
Susie during our lunch & snorkel break
More Risong Bay kayak tour
More Risong Bay kayak tour
Us enjoying our paddle through paradise
Us enjoying our paddle through paradise
sunrise  from our room @ the West Plaza By the Sea, Koror
sunrise from our room @ the West Plaza By the Sea, Koror
kids enjoying a sunset dip in the ocean
kids enjoying a sunset dip in the ocean
Yap, our final destination
Yap, our final destination
Our accommodations in Colonia, Yap @ Manta Ray Bay Hotel
Our accommodations in Colonia, Yap @ Manta Ray Bay Hotel
another look @ our room
another look @ our room
view of the manta tiled pool & the Mnuw
view of the manta tiled pool & the "Mnuw"
NO BETELNUTS in the pool area please!
NO BETELNUTS in the pool area please!
Yap Divers & Manta Bay Ray Hotel
Yap Divers & Manta Bay Ray Hotel
flamboyant colors of a Chromodoris kuniei--Nudibranch
flamboyant colors of a Chromodoris kuniei--Nudibranch
an unusually large Chromodoris kuniei--Nudibranch
an unusually large Chromodoris kuniei--Nudibranch
macro of the gill plume extending from the posterior of the back
macro of the gill plume extending from the posterior of the back
dorid nudibranch
dorid nudibranch
Chromodoris annae-nudibranch
Chromodoris annae-nudibranch
macro of a soft coral polyp
macro of a soft coral polyp
Tomato Anemonefish from Yap
Tomato Anemonefish from Yap
Chromodoris willani-nudibranch
Chromodoris willani-nudibranch
Chromodoris willani-nudibranch
Chromodoris willani-nudibranch
dorid nudibranch
dorid nudibranch
dorid nudibranch
dorid nudibranch
Hawksbill turtle, Eretomochelys imbricata
Hawksbill turtle, Eretomochelys imbricata
Lizardfish hoping not to be noticed
Lizardfish hoping not to be noticed
Susie, and the rest of us on our way to see Giant Manta Rays
Susie, and the rest of us on our way to see Giant Manta Rays
Rick positioned for Manta photo's
Rick positioned for Manta photo's
Joy at the end of our dive
Joy at the end of our dive
Rick in Yap
Rick in Yap
Giant Manta Ray cruising into the cleaning station
Giant Manta Ray cruising into the "cleaning station"
Giant Manta Ray in flight
Giant Manta Ray in flight
Manta Ray in Black and White
Manta Ray in Black and White
Another Manta with wings lowered, about to make a landing at the cleaning station
Another Manta with wings lowered, about to make a landing at the "cleaning station"
More Manta action at the cleaning station
More Manta action at the cleaning station
Wing tips down - Manta Fly By
Wing tips down - Manta Fly By
Manta's underside is white & has a unique pattern of pale or dark patches
Manta's underside is white & has a unique pattern of pale or dark patches
Manta soaring over the Yap reef
Manta soaring over the Yap reef
The Manta parade continues
The Manta parade continues
Manta directly overhead with the sun for a backdrop
Manta directly overhead with the sun for a backdrop
Stretched out and filling the frame - no crop
Stretched out and filling the frame - no crop
Showing off
Showing off
The Glider
The Glider
Snorkel break after the first Manta Dive
Snorkel break after the first Manta Dive
Snorkel break continues on the shallow reef, near the Manta Dive spot
Snorkel break continues on the shallow reef, near the Manta Dive spot
excellent vis!
excellent vis!
Spotted this barracuda while snorkeling and dove down for the picture
Spotted this barracuda while snorkeling and dove down for the picture
We snorkeled out to the deeper reef and found Manta's to snorkel with!
We snorkeled out to the deeper reef and found Manta's to snorkel with!
Manta below! Simply Majestic
Manta below! Simply Majestic
Manta with sun rays, snorkeling shot...
Manta with sun rays, snorkeling shot...
Wings down encounter
Wings down encounter
About to swim right under me
About to swim right under me
Susie and her friend
Susie and her "friend"
Playtime
Playtime
Manta approaching, Susie in background
Manta approaching, Susie in background
Closer
Closer
Now Closer
Now Closer
Now that was close!
Now that was close!
funky directional sign for the land portion of our trip
funky directional sign for the land portion of our trip
WWII Japanese gun/cannon
WWII Japanese gun/cannon
same WWII gun/cannon from a different perspective
same WWII gun/cannon from a different perspective
wreckage of a WWII plane
wreckage of a WWII plane
wreckage of a WWII Japanese Zero Fighter
wreckage of a WWII Japanese Zero Fighter
engine of a WWII plane wreck
engine of a WWII plane wreck
Yapese Community House
Yapese Community House
Yapese woman
Yapese woman
Men's Meeting House (faluw)
Men's Meeting House (faluw)
front view of the Men's House
front view of the Men's House
largest stone money bank on island
largest stone money bank on island
More stone money  at the bank
More stone money at the bank
Loose change
Loose change
Rick peering through a huge piece of stone money, largest weighs 1/2 ton
Rick peering through a huge piece of stone money, largest weighs 1/2 ton
Peter, our guide, retrieving Betel nuts, so we can give it a try...
Peter, our guide, retrieving Betel nuts, so we can give it a try...
Peter on his way down with betel nut (aka: areca nut)
Peter on his way down with betel nut (aka: areca nut)
Rick being introduced to betel nut chewing
Rick being introduced to betel nut chewing
Susie hestitantly & briefly trying betel nut for the first and ONLY time
Susie hestitantly & briefly trying betel nut for the first and ONLY time
Lucy displaying her disgust while watching us, Joy too,  try  betel nut
Lucy displaying her disgust while watching us, Joy too, try betel nut
Young Yapese girl offering us fruit
Young Yapese girl offering us fruit
Yapese woman with stained red mouth from chewing betel nut
Yapese woman with stained red mouth from chewing betel nut
Yapese woman and her baby
Yapese woman and her baby
Yapese children
Yapese children
young yapese girls weaving baskets & other handicrafts
young yapese girls weaving baskets & other handicrafts
Yapese girl weaving a basket
Yapese girl weaving a basket
cultural village tour
cultural village tour
lined up and ready to go
lined up and ready to go
traditional Yapese bamboo stick dances
traditional Yapese bamboo stick dances
dance performer
dance performer
the next 3 shots capture some of the movements of the dancing
the next 3 shots capture some of the movements of the dancing
lots of movement
lots of movement
beautiful display of color
beautiful display of color
young yapese girl
young yapese girl
tender moment
tender moment
performers work up a sweat
performers work up a sweat
Trip coming to an end.
Trip coming to an end.
Susie and her new above water friends - YAP 1:30am on our last day prior to our 3:30am flight
Susie and her new above water friends - YAP 1:30am on our last day prior to our 3:30am flight