Camping on Ngkesill Island
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It is a pity when you live in paradise, and don't have the time to enjoy it. This was our thinking when we decided to take a mini-break and spend a weekend camping at the rock islands. Mason headed down to the Koror State Rangers office to see what rock islands were available, and we decided that since it would just be us and our kids (ages 4 and 6) that we would stick "close" to home and camp on Ngkesill. It would be peaceful enough, since there would be no cellphone reception, but there would be enough boat traffic in the area that we'd be able to flag someone down in case of an emergency.
So we packed our stuff, got on the boat and headed for our campsite. When we got closer to our island, we saw that there were "daytrippers" still hanging out on the beach, so we decided to try our luck at bottom fishing while we waited for them to depart.
The next morning, when we woke up, the tide was at its highest for the day, so we immediately went for a swim, having our breakfast of fruits, cinnamon rolls and coffee (chocolate milk for the kids) as we lounged on floats. About mid morning, us girls we left on the beach to figure out how to cook rice on the gas (something i hadn't done in years, so i was having difficulty remembering what to do) while the boys went on the boat to try their luck fishing.
The afternoon passed by quickly as we climbed coconuts, drank coconuts, and made sand forts. We got in the boat and went to milky way and gave ourselves mud body scrubs and facials. That night we had hotdogs and smores for dinner. We went to bed and all was well until a huge squall hit and almost blew our tent away with us in it! After some frantic running around in the rain trying to tie the tent down, we were fine.
The next morning, we packed up our gear, cleaned up camp and loaded the boat while the tide was still up, then after breakfast we headed off for some trolling on the way back home.
For the adventurous types planning a trip to Palau, you might be interested in self guided kayak camping trips through the rock islands. We shared our beach one night with a couple who had booked a trip through Planet Blue Kayak (www. samstours.com/kayak-expeditions.html). Included in their package were the Kayaks, camping gear, and a mapped Itinerary. They set camp and spent the night on Ngkesill with us and paddled off the next day to their next destination. Sams offers a variety of Kayak Day Trips as well as Guided Kayak Camping Expeditions as well.