Camping on Ngkesill Island

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The View From Our Tent

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.

Fresh Coconuts Dad Fixed
  About five spots later, I was the only one catching anything.  I caught a decent sized snapper that we kept to grill for lunch the next day.  The daytrippers left and we had the beach to ourselves.  We off loaded our gear, set up our tent in the best possible spot to catch the breeze, and headed off to swim as the sun was going down.  That evening was beautiful.  The sky was clear, the moon was full--it was so bright that I had a hard time going to sleep because of all the light. 

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 Best Place to Have Your Morning Coffee
  They wanted to see if they could catch another fish or two to supplement my catch from the day before.  They came back just before lunch with a smaller snapper that we quickly added to our bbq grill.  The fish was delicious, but my son refused to eat any because he had gotten attached to them.  We had put the fish in the live well in the boat and the kids had named and fed them.  My daughter however, had no qualms about eating fishy and nemo. 

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.

Enjoying the High Tide
  The kids slept through the whole thing. 

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.

 

 

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The View From Our Tent
The View From Our Tent
Fresh Coconuts Dad Fixed
Fresh Coconuts Dad Fixed
The Best Place to Have Your Mornin…
The Best Place to Have Your Morni…
Enjoying the High Tide
Enjoying the High Tide
Trolling for Tuna
Trolling for Tuna
Have a Milky Way Facial Before Hea…
Have a Milky Way Facial Before He…
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