Day 3: Caves and Corals
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July 15th, 2006 – by: Reephboy
First stop, Tarzan Cave, so named because the roof of the cave has collapsed and vines have grown down into the cave, giving it an erie feeling and making it an interesting first stop on our way back home.
Next up was Skylight Cave. Similar to the previous stop, but this one can be accessed without actually having to get out of the kayaks. It's pretty cool being able to paddle into the cave and look up and out of the "skylight".
Third stop was Cathedral Cave. OK, this is where I started to get jealous that I couldn't swim with the rest of my group.
After several caves it was nice to mix things up a bit. A narrow channel between islands provided the only access from the east into Niko Bay, and this channel was guarded by 3 Japanese bunkers. We tied the kayaks up to the side of the island and climbed up to the bunkers to take in the history and the view from up above. There were lots of relics laying about, like ammo boxes, old bottles, and even some old graffiti.
We then had lunch and went to find some of the best, most pristine snorkel sites within an hour paddle of Koror. Lettuce Coral Wall, and Rembrandt's Cove are shaded by overhanging trees and other vegetation so they don't receive too much sunlight. Believe it or not, too much sunlight can be a bad thing. If, for instance, a reef was located in an area of shallow water or an area where the water didn't receive much current so therefor could be overheated easily, this could be detrimental to the health of the corals. The point is that these reefs, once again, have shown a high degree of resiliency and therefore have been growing without any environmental setbacks for many years. This is what makes a really good snorkel/dive site. That, and the fact that both of these reefs have some of the highest coral diversity in all of Palau, puts them into a class of their own.
On the way home we found ourselves singing songs and were surprisingly jubilant for having all been sunburnt and worn from 3 days of paddling. This trip turned out to be just a warm-up for another that would come only 2 months later. We had a fantastic time and I felt really good about having shown my out-of-town guests a side of Palau that most people don't see.
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