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Destination Reefs: Palau

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 04, 2011 07:00 AM
In this week's Destination Reefs, we travel to a coral reef dear to my heart: Palau. Palau was my first reef diving experience, and it still ranks as the most beautiful reef I've ever visited. This 12 minute professional video shows why I fell in love with Palau.

Palau is a tiny nation island north of Australia and east of the Philippines consisting of an archipelago of about 300 lush rocky islands, which have been called "a labyrinth of emeralds floating on a cobalt sea" - truly breathtaking and bordering on surreal.

But below the waves is where the real magic is found.  Palau is one of the more pristine coral reefs in the world, relatively unscathed by human activity despite Palau's popularity as a resort and dive location.  From the famous Jellyfish Lake to the cavernous dives at the Blue Hole to the 600' deep Big Drop-off reef, the underwater landscape is as varied as it is spectacular.

This excellent video by Lighting Strike Productions showcases the beauty of Palau.

And here is another video by Lighting Strike Productions capturing massive schools of Naso Tangs in Palau.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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