Jane’s Palau Journal

Palau

November 2009, Thanksgiving

Jane Colon-Bonet’s Adventure Journal

 

November 20 & 21, 2009 (Friday and Saturday- crossing international date line)

The flight seemed to last an eternity.  20 hours from Denver and four flights later we finally arrived in Palau.   Even though it was 10pm Palauan time we were greeted by some native girls and boys dressed in native attire.  They placed lays on us made of local flowers interlaced in palm fronds.   It was late night when we arrived at The Palau Royal Resort so I went straight to sleep.

 

Unfortunately, only one bag out of six arrived with us.  The rest had been left at the last stop, Yap, due to “fuel  shortages.” 

 

November 22, 2009 (Sunday)

I woke up this morning still adjusting to the humidity and heat (82 degrees F and sunny).  I went out onto the balcony and I saw a breathtaking view.  For the first time my Mom woke up early and actually wanted to stay awake.  I saw tall limestone cliffs where each inch was covered with lush, green growth dipping into crystal clear blue water.  There was no smog so I could see to the end of the Earth.

 

We headed down to an unusual breakfast buffet.  It had a combination of American, Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese foods.

 

We rented some snorkeling gear (since our luggage was still in Yap) at Sam’s Tours and headed out to the dock for our boat tour of the Islands and Jelly Lake.  It was amazing!  The boat ride took us through more lush green islands unspoiled by mankind sticking up like heads of broccoli.  Jelly Lake was incredible!  This is my first time ever touching a Jelly fish (that didn’t sting).  The Jelly fish in Jelly lake have lost their ability to sting because they have no need to. Jelly lake is an isolated saltwater lake with no predators to eat the jellies and no fish for the jelly fish to hunt. Now they rely on internal algae for food following the sun during the day, but at night they go down into a highly toxic (to humans) nitrogen rich layer of water to fertilize the algae.

 

Later that day we had a BBQ lunch, I made a new friend her name is Calliie she is 10 years old blonde and energetic, plus a certified diver like me.

 

We all loaded back up onto the boat and headed for a snorkel at Clam City.  The Clams there Mackenzie.  She is younger than me, 8, and in the Kids Sea Camp sassy program.

From Clam City we went back to the resort, explored a bit and then we got ready for our welcome dinner at the Sea Passion resort. 

 

We knew the President of Palau was coming that evening so I had to borrow one of my Mom’s  dresses (the only luggage that made it).  We had a exuberant welcoming by native dancers and a native ritual of “Calling of the Canoe”.  The President of Palau gave a welcoming speech where he talked about the islands of Palau and how much he enjoyed having us there.  A week before our arrival he had declared to the United Nations that Palau was the first and only “Shark Sanctuary” in the world.  I got to shake his hand and take a  picture with him and all the kids in Kids Sea Camp.

When we returned to the resort our lost from Yap luggage had arrived.

 

November 23, 2009 (Monday)

The second day we had the unusual breakfast again and headed over to Sam’s tours for our first dive.  There I was assigned to the “Whale Shark” boat where I met some of the other Junior Open Water Divers and our Dive guides.  

 

Our first dive took us on a one hour boat trip winding through the Palauan islands to a location named German Channel.  We sighted a 6 foot Manta Ray, lots of corals, a porcupine fish and lots of sharks.  The German Channel is a cleaning station for all fish.  In this area fish come from all over the ocean to stop and allow cleaner wrasses which safely clean large predatory fish that would otherwise eat these smallish fish.  This makes the German Channel a safe and amazing place to view lots and lots of ocean creatures.

 

 The food was OK but the lunch spot was awesome!  We went to private white sand beach with ocean on both sides and large coconut palms for shade on the edges of a dense jungle.  I went swimming and shell collecting with my friend Callie.

 

The second dive of the day was named “Big Drop Off”.  This dive is a wall drift dive.  Along with many varieties of fish we found a lizard fish and a Nudibranch among the corals and sea fans that covered the wall.

 

We returned to the resort and got ready for out next evening.  Dinner was served at an Indian restaurant named the Taj.  They served us a delicious dinner of different and interesting Indian foods.  That evening we had interesting Indian dancers about my age.  They did a bunch of dances changing clothes between each one.  Some of the dances had veils and some had little bells all over the outfits – like belly dancers.  They were quite impressive.

 

November 24, 2009 (Tuesday)

Once again we did the breakfast and headed out to the German Channel.   We were met by a lot of rain coming sideways at us like bullets as we sped along in the boat. At German Channel we saw two humungous Manta Rays the size of cars at the cleaning stations, 28 sharks – all different kinds – white tip, black tip and reef – the size of surf boards, a Green Sea turtle and some very interesting sea stars.  An excellent and lucky dive!

 

We had another fabulous lunch – a chicken bento box.   This time we had lunch at Sam’s Tours because of the rain.  

 

The second dive took us through rough surf to the Blue Corner dive site.  Since I was limited as a Junior Open Water diver to 40 feet of depth this dive was ok.  We saw one puffer fish, two warty sea slugs and some star fish amongst schools of trigger, butterfly, and bannerfish.

 

That evening we went to the Sea Passion for another exquisite dinner.  That day we had the Polynesian dancers.  There wasn’t much singing like before but there were some instruments like a hallowed out gourd made into a drum and two frayed sticks that sounded like rain and thunder when put together.

 

That night we went home (back to the hotel) and slept like rocks.

 

November 25, 2009 (Wednesday)

That day I awoke to something very unusual – it was absolutely pouring rain.  We headed down to breakfast and tried to avoid the downpour.  After breakfast we headed down to Sam’s Tours hopped on the boat.  My guide, Alex, warned me that I still needed to put on sun screen even if the sun wasn’t visible.  Once again the rain was coming into the boat sideways as we sped over to German Channel.  That day I wore my wet suit before I even got into the water.

 

One thing about SCUBA it that if it rains it doesn’t matter because you are below water!  That day I saw schoolmasters, horse eyed jacks, squirrel fish – the usual hordes of schools and corals.  I didn’t see much in the channel unique or extra large this dive.

We had lunch at Sam’s today due to the Typhoon now seemingly closing in on Palau judging on the torrential rains and white tipped water.  When I got to Sam’s Callie, two other boys, Jefferson and I played a volleyball/soccer game.  We got sopping wet but it was fun!  The rain and the air was mostly warm – about 81 degrees F. 

 

That afternoon we headed out to Blue Corner – also there I didn’t see any unique fish – a large puffer but I was told that the adults down at 70 feet saw quite a few sharks.  

 

That night we went to the Sea Passion.  It had stopped raining as they Typhoon moved North East from Palau.  The Teen Divers also had a painting lesson with Rogest  (pirate name of Ron Stevens).  Rogest is a funny, funny artist that travels with Kids Sea Camp around the world teaching children how to dot paint.

 

After the dot painting with Ron I did my first night dive.  It was amazing.  I kept on feeling like I was getting stung by jellies and I got kicked a lot.  I saw several interesting Sea Cucumbers but no fish.  All of them were hiding.

 

That night we had the Yap dancers.  Yap is a very small island just North East of Palau.  We were told we were going to have topless girls dancing but instead they sent the young men with bo staffs.

 

We fell asleep just as soon as our heads hit the pillow

 

 

November 26,  2009 (Thursday – Thanksgiving)

It was my first time celebrating Thanksgiving outside of America.  I was told that the locals don’t really celebrate the holiday besides going to church.  Catholic is the main religion.  They do celebrate Halloween there.

 

It was a sunny day as we headed out on the Silvertip boat to our morning German Channel dive.  There I saw one large Manta Ray going into the cleaning station and a couple of sharks.  I was surprised that the sharks were so large.  I must say it was quite a thrill to be diving with them.  My dive guide told me that in thousands of dives there have never been any issues with the sharks.  They are in the channel as part of their life styles and don’t bother with us divers.

After a fabulous lunch on the beach we went to Jake’s Sea Plane.  This dive spot is an interesting plane wreck with a lot of interesting coral.  It’s down about 40 feet so perfect for Junior Open Water Divers.  There were lots of Parrot fish.   Part of the planes right wing was missing.  I found it 20 feet away hallow and covered in corals.  This plane was a WWII plane – I don’t know who’s.

We did a third dive at 10 feet for 15 minutes where I saw a puffer fish and my first Mandarin Fish.  It was soooo cute.  A native of this area with large yellow lips, green to it’s forhead, blue chin, orange body and blue squarish circles all over it’s body. 

We finished our dot paintings with Ron and went to Sea Passion for dinner.  We had four turkeys baked four different ways and several other sides like corn bread, mashed potatoes, gravey, corn and cranberry sauce.  That evening we made a sand Manta Ray on the beach about the size of the real deal.  With my guide and new best friends’ boyfreind,  Paul, who made a sand shark with the boys. 

 

November 27,2009 (Friday)

Our last day diving.    My first dive was German Channel and almost as if there was a going away send-off we saw large Manta Ray, Sharks and lots of interesting Fish.  After that dive we went back to Sam’s  for lunch and caught up with our parents.

We went to the Light House dive site where we dove as a family just the four of us with two guides!  The other families wimped out of this last dive because the parents had already done two dives.  This was my fathers 100th dive making him a century diver.  My mother got her century dive in a few days before.  It was a great dive with loads of fire corals, lizard fish and bubbles.

 

Dinner at the Sea Passion with lots of playing in the sand again.  We went home and crashed again.

November 28, 2009 (Saturday)

Today is my last day in Palau.  I am not pleased to be leaving.  I made a lot of friends in Palau.  I will miss my guide Alex and I wish I could stay. 

I went to a beautiful waterfall with my dad.  I went under two waterfalls and jumped off small ledges into a pool of water along the path of the river.  There was lots of mud and one time I actually got stuck.  I think my Keens were a little less pink after that hike.

 

We went to the stone head garden.  Some looked happy ,sad or angry.  There we had lunch.  The usual Bento boxes but this time we had some traditional Palauan food like candied tapioca and fresh coconut milk/meat.  After that we headed back to the hotel stopping at the capitol building.

 

When we got back we packed up our stuff, took a shower and headed over to Sam’s tours for the graduation ceremony. There was a whole cooked pig!  There was a ceremony for each of the groups: adults, teens, sassy/seals and junior open waters.  Then there was the poem contest.  The poem that my mom and I worked on the evening before got first place (out of like 20 poems).  We won a underwater digital camera.

 

We then watched the video made my Nick Martirano, who followed us around all week, said our last goodbyes and headed for the airport.  I practically cried all the way there I was so sad to leave.

 

We arrived at the airport for our treacherous flights to Colorado.  I slept most of the way through it.  The odd part about it was that it started out Saturday, then it was Sunday, then it was Saturday again and finally we got home on Sunday morning at 5am.

 

Final thoughts

I think Palau is one of the best places to go in the entire world.  It is a great place to meet new people and learn about the different cultures of the world.

 

I also think it is one of the best places to go diving.  Magnificent Mantas and Sharks.  Try to go there at least once in your lifetime.

Ben’s Palau Journal

Palau

November 2009, Thanksgiving

Ben Colon-Bonet’s Adventure Journal

 

November 20 & 21, 2009 (Friday & Saturday)

The first day of the trip was one of the hardest.  By the third flight I was so tired of sitting vertically it was hard to continue. 

 

The stop in Yap to get fuel worried me because of the security check and the mention they had to leave 46 bags behind.  On arrival to Palau we were missing five of our six bags.  We went through immigration with some   missing documents so we had to wait and fill those out.

 

 We were greeted by some native boys and girls.  We took a 20 minute bus ride to our room at Palau Royal Resort where we fell asleep.

 

 

November 22, 2009 (Sunday)

We woke up at 6am to the shining sun out our window.  We saw beautiful sunrise and right out our front door was a cave and an island covered every inch in trees.

 

We went down to breakfast at 7am.   It was very interesting because it was American, Japanese and Korean styles.  I gave the food a shot and it was pretty interesting tasting.

After that we went on an hour long boat ride to Jelly Fish lake.  These Jellies don’t sting.  They rely on their own bodies, acting as farms, to keep them alive.  In Jelly Fish lake it was amazing.  They didn’t sting you even though you touched them.  They felt like Jell-O in your hand but you had to be careful because they are delicate.

 

We took another boat ride to another island for a buffet that consisted of Pork, Potato salad, Watermelon and rice.  After we were done with the buffet I went off to my first dive – a wreck.

 

The wreck was a Japanese float plane that was downed in WWII.  It had plenty of holes in it and it was covered in corals and clams.  The plane was cut in half.  The tail laying right next to the cock pit next to the propeller.  It must’ve been shot down in mid-air.  You could see right into it.  The radio was hanging out.

 

We took the boat back to dinner at Sea Passion for another buffet.  We had cooked Halibut, rice, potatoes and a few things I don’t know about.  It was delicious. 

 

Before they served dinner at the Sea Passion we were greeted by a conch boat calling ceremony where Palauan arrived on a row boat – 10 people with oars.  There was a mock fight between the Palauan on the boat and the ones on shore.  The president of Palau, His Excellency Johnson Toribiong, arrived and was formally greeted by all.  He gave a brief speech and talked about the ocean.  He talked about how the ocean was the Mother of Earth and it was angry.  It was a very interesting speech.  He also talked about the creation of the first every shark sanctuary on the planet here in Palau under his leadership.  (See attached Press Conference from the United Nations).

 

After we were done eating we watched the natives do a dance.  They sang/spoke in Palauan so I couldn’t understand what they were saying but it must’ve been a war or something because they were holding spears.  The girls went on and did something with flowers.  They were covered in grease and looked like they were plastic.

 

We went back to the Palau Royal Resort.  Our luggage had arrived!  We went to sleep.

 

November 23, 2009 (Monday)

The second day wasn’t nearly as jaw dropping as we were used to the scenery.   After we looked outside for a while, got swim suits on and sunscreen.  We went down and had the weird food again – trying new things. 

 

After breakfast we went on the bus to Sam’s tours for our first diving trip with Kids Sea Camp.  For the first dive trip we saw mostly corals and groups of tiny fish.  We went down 40 to 50 feet and hung around that depth for a while. 

 

We went to our lunch of Bento Boxes – a traditional Japanese style lunch.  I had Pork and Chicken with rice and some vegetables.  Lunch was on a beach near the “Blue Corner” dive site.  It was a good beach.

 

After lunch we went to our second dive site “German Channel” we went down to explore.  The ocean had a sandy bottom with corals everywhere.  Spine corals, flat bed coral and sea fans covered the ocean.  puffer fish, sharks and a turtle.

 

During the night we went to a local India restaurant, The Taj.  It was a buffet so we served ourselves.  It consisted of chicken, soup with rice, French fries with chicken cooked and served on a sword.  It was really cool.  After that we saw their local belly dancers do their thing.  It was very well done.  We went home and fell asleep.

 

November 24, 2009 (Tuesday)

On the third day the Typhoon arrived bring with it rain.  At first it was a simple rain storm and it just got worse and worse.  Like a hurricane.  The hotel had posted the typhoon warnings in the lobby.  We were just in the tailings of the typhoon at 7 degrees North of the Equator.  The typhoon was at 12 degrees North.   I learned the pattern, positioning and intensity of the Typhoon named NIDA.  Results attached in the appendix.

 

We had our breakfast and headed out for diving despite the weather.

 

We started our first dive in German Channel.  The boat trip out there was torture because going 40MPH through a rain storm is like bucket of rain each rain drop going right through you.  I was cold.  I didn’t wear my wet suit there but I did on the way out.  Entry into the water from the boat in those big waves was difficult to maneuver until you were down 30 feet.  The dive was very interesting.  There was a lot of coral giant flat bed, brain and fire corals.  We sat down in the sand at a “cleaning station”.  A cleaning station is where larger fish go to be cleaned by smaller fish.  They eat dead skin, parasites and bacteria that would kill the fish.  While we were there we saw very large Manta Rays, some sharks and large schools of fish.  A lot of small schools of fish I can’t identify.  When we got back up to the surface it was pouring rain with 5 foot swells.  It was virtually impossible to get back on the ladder without being knocked off.  When I got back on it was hard to sit because I got tossed and turned all over the place.

 

The second dive took us through rough surf to the Blue Corner dive site.  Since I was limited as a Teen Open Water diver to 60 feet of depth this dive was just ok.  We saw one puffer fish, two warty sea slugs and some star fish amongst schools of trigger, butterfly, and banner fish.

 

Dinner was at the Sea Passion hotel – served buffet style.  The theme of that evening was Polynesian.  They had Polynesian dancers and food.  They were fabulous group of girl dancers with coconut bras and skirts.

 

November 25, 2009 (Wednesday)

We woke up to another beautiful morning yet again, put our swimsuits on and went down to the lobby to check out the typhoon.  We wanted to see where it was and if it was going to hit us. The center of the typhoon was about 100 miles North East of us.  We were still located into the tailings.  We went to breakfast, watched the tried to avoid torrential rain outside.  After the breakfast we went to the boats.

 We were off to the German channel and had a hard time getting in the water since the swells were so big.  It felt like we were little dolls getting tousled around and we could do nothing about it.   As soon we got in the water we went down and saw a lot of corals.  We saw flatbed coral, a variety of fish, a lot of sharks, manta rays and some barracuda.   That was the most of that.   When we got back on the surface we held on the rope and attempted to get back on the boat.   When we did get back on we went to a island beach where we ate our food.

Following lunch we headed out to a dive named “Blue Corner” and dove a wall.  We saw some turtles, corals, a lot of little tiny fish and a couple of sharks.   We surfaced, got back on the boat and went to the dock.  

Dot painting with Ron was next on our agenda.  Ron is an Australian artist that travels with Kids Sea Camp promoting painting.  He is funny and likes to mess with other people.  I liked goofing around with him and being in his conversations.  We learned how to use a large dot stick.  I created a bunch of dots that made a circle where none of them touched.    We worked on our final piece starting with the background.  My final piece was an abstract angel fish.  It was really fun!

 After painting with Ron we went back to the hotel and messed around for awhile.   We went to dinner at sea passion and ate a great feast and saw the Yap boy dancers do their thing.  I think it had to do with a war or something because they had sticks that looked like spears that they crashed together.    We went home (hotel) and went to sleep.

 

November 26,  2009 (Thursday – Thanksgiving)

We woke up, did all our chores (sunscreen and such) in the morning and went to breakfast.  There was no rain so that was good but there was a lot of wind so the surf was big.   After breakfast we went to the boats and went out to a wreck called “Helmet”.  The Helmet was a WWII cargo ship with depth charges, ammunition and guns.   That was really cool to see!  There were a lot of unbroken bottles of alcohol.

After the Helmet wreck we went back to the dock, ate lunch and went to the Japanese float airplane.  I already described it to you on the first dive.   We again went back and did our last day dot painting with Ron to finish our art.

The sea passion served a magnificent Thanksgiving feat with four turkeys each cooked a different way accompanied by all the fixings.  No dancers this evening but we played on the sandy beach outside of the Sea Passion and had a really good time with my friends. 

 

November 27,2009 (Friday)

This was our last day diving because a 24 hour decompression is required to purge all of the nitrogen out of our bodies before flying.  This avoids a divers illness commonly referred to as the bends.

In the morning we did all our morning chores, set off to breakfast.  We headed to the docks, geared up and set out to germen channel.  When we got there we dove down to see very beautiful  corals and fish. When we got to the cleaning station we waited a couple of minutes until we saw a giant manta ray.  Its huge base swam over me but it got scared when my bubbles hit it so it swam off.

 

 

An unusual thing I did first thing on Saturday was to visit the jail to shop for a story board.  Story board are stories carved into wood usually shaped like a fish or sea creature that tells stories about the Palauan culture.  It was interesting seeing the hundreds of story boards.  One of the stories was about this old lady was so upset about not seeing her son very often and getting fish from him.  When she complained to the son that she wanted fish he went to a tree and cut it.  Every time the tide would come in a fish would come out of the tree.  The villagers thought this was unfair that she got fish for free so they cut down the tree.  When they did this it the tree spewed with water and flooded the village.  That is know as the underwater village.   

Speer fishing is fun, exciting and adrenalin pumping.  It’s just like shooting a gun.  It’s a metal rod stuck into a wooden stick with a bungee cord tied to a trigger.  When you lock the spear in place you put the bungee cord on.  This is all done in the ocean, with waves, mask, fins and snorkel.   When you try to shoot at a fish they move so fast and the gun makes a lot of noise making the fish swim away.  There are two different kinds of guns.  One with a string that is attached to the rod so you can retrieve the rod and shoot again.  Ours was a different kind where you shot the gun and the rod just went flying out.  You try to shoot really close so when you do shoot it you don’t lose it.  You have to free dive to the bottom to grab the spear each time you shoot.   You aim for a fish like pointing at it with a stick and pull the trigger when you think you’ve got the fish

 

The spear fishing trip was just a bunch of guys with three dive masters.  My mom tagged along.  We took a short boat ride out to the middle of the ocean.   I personally did not get any fish.  I tried and tried without any luck.  The other guys brought in about a dozen fish that was cooked and we ate for dinner.

 

We got on the plane right after dinner, award ceremony and the slide show.  We when through customs to check out our bags.  Everything went perfectly with no problems.  The first flight to Yap (45 min) wasn’t too bad since I slept the whole way.  The second flight to Guam (3 hrs) I slept the whole way.  The third flight to Hawaii (7 hrs) was really boring I played my gameboy and worked on my homework.  The fourth flight to LA (5 hrs) I did more homework and slept.  The last flight to Denver (2.5 hrs) I watched a movie, Dancing with Wolves, and did nothing.

Closing remarks

I would highly recommend Palau for people that really want to go do stuff.  People who like to dive and do interesting things.  Kids Sea Camp I would recommend if you are going with your kids because you learn a lot, get the best of the island and you get to hang out with kids your age.

Palau is an iconic tropical Pacific island unspoiled by rampant commercialization.  This island is not for the weak at heart.  The travel there alone will kill you.

 

Congrats to the Graduating Class of 2009!

Hello all!

We just wanted to say congratultions to our Kids Sea Camp PADI Jr. Open Water graduates of 2009. Welcome to our underwater world. We cannot wait to have you come back and dive with us again!

  • Our underwater graduation ceremonyAidan Gottlieb
  • Alexander Grace
  • Amanda Stratton
  • Andre Simmons
  • Andrew Christian
  • Anna Jacobson
  • Annelise Luyckx
  • Brianna Miller
  • Bridget Gottlieb
  • Cameron Carney
  • Campbell Robinson
  • Carina Wolk
  • Christian Ifi
  • Connor Enright
  • Dorothy Bakkenson-Collins
  • Elizabeth Condon
  • Emma Milteer
  • Ethan Caban
  • Hailey Spreeman
  • Hannah Broom
  • Jack Enright
  • Jack Olson
  • James Phipps
  • Jason Tong
  • Jazmin Rodriguez
  • John Cunniff
  • Jonah Parham
  • Josh Carnett
  • Juliana Triano
  • Katherine Mumm
  • Lazar Zamurovic
  • Lena Teckenbrock
  • Matt Parker
  • Miranda Wolk
  • Morgan Tappero
  • Natalie Nicoletti
  • Rachel Grasso
  • Riley Milteer
  • Samuel “Ty” Matheny
  • Sarah Hilborn
  • Sarah Jacobson
  • Sarina Shah
  • Savannah Stanley
  • Shelby Brown
  • Shivan Shah
  • Soniya Shah
  • Steven Schwartz
  • Tom Olson
  • Taylor Pigg
  • Xander Kraus-Mclean
  • Zachariah Kraus-Mclean
  • Zachary Sittler

 

KSC Palau Parent Poems 2009

  

 

Palau Kids Sea Camp Poems 2009

 

A Haiku a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

By: Michael Simmons, Janice Manjuck and Andre G.T. Simmons

 

We went to Palau

To dive and do Kids Sea Camp

Big smiles for us all

 

Nori, Miso, Pao

Breakfast at the P.R.R.

Confused my taste buds

 

Manta, giant clam, jellyfish

Many cities in Palau

Undersea a must

 

Tombs of ships and planes

Hate and bombs and fearful death

Now calmed by peace

 

Gliding big manta

Floating through the blue ocean

“It’s good to be clean!”

 

 

By: Wes, Brenda, and Brandi

 

Their family was large as they had spawned many. Some had acquired great wealth and others had become bitter towards their siblings. Some had grown very large and powerful while others had yet to mature. There was one however, that was very special.

 

Although she is separated from most she’s most welcoming. Her beauty is majestic both above and below, yet she remains humble. The warmth of her waters and gentleness of her breeze is only matched by that of her people. It’s obvious that she is Father Land’s and Mother Ocean’s favorite child as they gave her only their best. She is Palau.

 

 

By: Calli Pirner

 

Roses are red

Violets are blue

I love Palau

And so do you

 

Palau was so fun

Too bad it is already done

 

Palau fish are pretty

Trigger fish are neat

Too bad it is done

Palau was really fun

 

 

Alii Palau 

By: The Colon-Bonet family

 

 

Palau islands are an amazing site

Native dancers fill our ears and eyes with delight

 

Private beaches, whispering cays

Calling, calling, calling our names

 

White sand beaches, deep blue water

Waving palm fronds at my daughter

 

Sea Passion and Palau Royal were a really neat treat

And the folks at Kids Sea Camp and Sam’s Tours couldn’t be beat

 

We’re hooked on blue corner with its barracuda and shark

Buoy six rocks if we are in the light or the dark

 

German Channel has stations one and two

Magnificent mantas cleaning in the ocean blue

 

We discovered Ngerchong inside and out

While Chandelier Cave brought our spirits about

 

The mud of the Milky Way made our skin look like a pearl

It doesn’t matter if you are a boy or a girl

 

This may have been our last dive-that won’t last forever

But Palau, our children will always remember.

 

Dedicated to Alex & Dexter

 

 

A Rookie Family’s Sea Camp in Palau 

By: Chris Sittler & April Rounds

 

Not so long ago in snowy Colorado

A crazy young family saw Palau & then

We contacted fine folks like Tabitha & Margo.

Next thing you know we hit LAX and when

With thoughts of fun & sun & where all we might go

We looked back behind us, the two year old gone

At the top of our lungs we cried, “Where’s Ben?”

 

A grueling flight to Guam after Honolulu

Then with Palau in our sights a short stop in Yap

They tell us hang on, there is a smoke problem

We may not get bags as there is no gas

 

By now we have met at least forty-five

A face now on Margo & this crazy guy Ron

We Run & We go. We play & we dive.

Such a dance has never been done.

 

How much fun can there be

So much to do and so much to do

There is no end in sight

The wrecks, the sharks & guess what’s new?

 

The kid’s painted with a pirate and played in the sand

All the time has been a big “WOW!”

It is amazing how much there is for this happy band

Sam’s & staff with Marc made wonderful Palau.

 

 

Palau Paradise 

By: The Feld family

 

If S.C.U.B.A. is your favorite vice

Come to Palau- diver’s paradise!

 

There are 80+ dive sites from which to choose,

And Sam’s Tours offers the best dive masters and crews.

 

Brilliant reef fish school down below,

And mantas put on quite a show.

 

Blue Corner offers an adrenaline-pumping ride

With reef sharks cruising on every side!

 

WWII wrecks dot the ocean floor…

Lots of fun to discover & explore.

 

Above is the landscape of my fantasies…

Emerald rock islands against turquoise seas.

 

Kids Sea Camp offers something for everyone,

So even rain & wind couldn’t dampen our fun.

 

Special times with our family, and laughs with new friends

Make us wish this great week didn’t have to end.

 

 

When God made Palau He smiled

By: Trish Worthman

 

Little green islands remind you of a head of broccoli.

White sparkling beaches, as far as the eye can see.

 

Water so clear and blue, making waves in the gentle ocean breeze.

Turtles riding the currents with a graceful lazy ease.

 

Giant Manta & Eagle Rays block out sun’s light.

As you drift along slowly taking in all the sights.

 

All too soon Dexter is saying its time to go.

As you look around, one last time, then you know…

 

When God made Palau… he smiled.

 

 

By: Steven

 

Thank you Kids Sea Camp

Laughing, Diving, Creating

Adventure with kids.

 

 

Wow Palau 

By: The Jankowski Family

 

From lakes full of jellyfish

To walls full of coral

Big drops

Blue corners

 

Crystal clear waters

Turtles and Tangs

Groupers and Puffers

Palau is our Planet’s

First haven for sharks.

 

Wrecks underwater

Kids Everywhere

Rock islands are home

To the best Kids Sea Camp ever.

 

The only word said

For a vacation in Palau

Is a simple:

“Wow!”

 

I wish I was still in Palau…