Palau - Day 2 (Rock Islands Tour - Japanese Zero, Milky Way, Jellyfish Lake)
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My tour today was called the Rock Islands Tour and it was by far the best tour of the trip. Although the morning started gray and wet, by afternoon it was bright and sunny. We began with a boat tour of the gorgeous limestone Rock Islands and did some snorkeling at a few sites, including a place called Cemetary Reef. For lunch, we stopped at a small island famous for the black tipped reef sharks that ply the shoreline. It was a bit unnerving swimming with the sharks but took comfort knowing that they were too small to be interested in humans. Another highlight was clam city, where giant clams can be seen in only 10-12 feet of clear water - very unusual.
After lunch it was off to the famous Jellyfish Lake.
After the lake, we headed off to a bay known as the Milky Way, so named for it's greenish whitish waters. The color comes from the white limestone mud on the bottom and it's known as a great rejuvinating facial (I bottled some to take home). Then it was off to our second-to-last stop, a Japanese zero that crashed on a shallow reef near the end of the last world war. As we approached we could see its propellar sticking up over the surface like a shark fin. In only two feet of water at low tide, it is clearly in an advanced state of decay, but still easily recognizable both above and below the clear waters.
From here, our last stop was back into the fast moving channel where we jumped off the boat and let the swift current push us back most of the way to the dock over beds of colorful coral and teeming schools of fish.