Tagged With: Oceania
The Republic of Palau may be my new tropical paradise. It has beaches, SCUBA, adventure sports, and plenty of trees to tie a hammock to. What more do you need really? Oh, right, rusty World War II heritage and thousands of stingless jellyfish just waiting to be snorkeled through. Got that, too.
Ever feel like you reeeeeally need to get away from it all? Yap State of Micronesia might just be the spot for you. A tenacious traditional culture, big ol’ Manta Rays underwater, and some of the most remote islands in the world. That’s Yap.
The capital of Palau, Koror, is decidedly not a lovely place. There’s a lot of traffic (on the ONE main road), no real sidewalks to speak of, and on rainy days honestly very little to do. What Koror does have in its favor, though, is a location right in the middle of Palau’s Rock Islands. … Continue reading
Ah, sorry, that should be canoe “races”. I stumbled across an International Canoe Race (between Yap, Palau, and I think the Marianas) one day as I was passing through Colonia, Yap. I like this picture a lot just because it manages to pull together traditional Yapese culture (the Bai in the midground), a bit of … Continue reading
Aside from being a major stash of Palau’s World War II heritage and a great spot for SCUBA diving, Peleliu Island is also a fairly good place to pack up a tent and a bag full of food and just sit around on beaches for a few days. My days on Peleliu relied less on my … Continue reading
Is it some sort of alien? A destruction-portending nightmare sent to bring our very civilization to an end? No, its a cuttlefish. It kind of looks like that first though, doesn’t it? I’ve seen these things three of four times while snorkeling around the Pacific Ocean, and I always sit and watch them for a … Continue reading
Easily my favorite experience in Yap was the Yap State Field Trip Ship Halipmohol. As the only real option to get to the Outer Islands, it was my top priority for the whole time I was in the country. Due to an unfortunate cholera outbreak, the month’s sailing was an abridged version visiting only the … Continue reading
So, no, Guam wasn’t all glitzy hotels and seedy karaoke joints. It isn’t necessarily somewhere that would be my first choice to live, but seems worth a few days at a time. Especially since it serves as the main staging point for flights to Micronesia and Palau!