Palau - Day 3 (Second kayak tour)

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Mandarin fish

Although this was technically the same tour as the one I took two days ago, we had a different guide, much better weather and apparently a completely new agenda.  The day got a very slow start and the morning consisted of mostly kayaking through parts of the Rock Islands, although we did make a quick stop at a second Japanese Zero sitting in about 8 feet of water.  Saw some small stingrays and mangrove crabs in one of the mangrove swamps.  Our guide warned us about a plant that is as toxic as poison ivy.  If you even have rainwater wash onto you from the leaves you will itch like mad!

After lunch, the tour got a bit more interesting.  We rowed to Mandarin Fish Lake, now in very low tide, and saw the elusive and rather diminutive Mandarin Fish - one of the most colorful fish I've ever seen.  After that we did some more snorkeling and finally hiked up to the top of one of the islands to see the German Lighthouse, spotting Japanese guns and pillboxes along the way.  Finally, we jumped into the swift moving channel once again for a quick trip back to the dock. 

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Mandarin fish
Mandarin fish
Jap zero
Jap zero
Mandarin Fish Lake
Mandarin Fish Lake
Jap zero
Jap zero
Kayaking
Kayaking
Into the magroves
Into the magroves
Dont touch the poison leaves
Don't touch the poison leaves
Sunken Japanese cargo ship
Sunken Japanese cargo ship
Sea anenome
Sea anenome
Mandarin Fish Lake
Mandarin Fish Lake
Giant sea clam
Giant sea clam
Mandarin Fish Lake
Mandarin Fish Lake
Mandarin fish
Mandarin fish
Fan coral
Fan coral
Make by the Japanese
Make by the Japanese
Japanese guns
Japanese guns
Mandarin Fish Lake
Mandarin Fish Lake
Anenome fesh
Anenome fesh
Sea grub
Sea grub
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