. Or, specifically, Koror... to Koror in Palau... was Guam to Koror.../Koror. Not before I tried...
This was my sixth annual month-long trip around the world in 2011. When I first began my RTW adventures little did I know it would turn...
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The Rock Islands of Palau are a grouping of more than 200 limestone and coral islands dotting Palau’s Southern lagoon. These uninhabited islands are famous for their beaches and dive sites. Though it was an overcast day, riding through the soaring limestone cliffs with their emerald green waters was still a gorgeous sight. The rain continued in Palau but it didn't take away from the #1 place I wanted to see on the island - Jellyfish Lake. I took a day trip around the Rock Islands and the highlight was definitely a swim with the million or so inhabitants of Jellyfish Lake. More than 12,000 years old, Jellyfish Lake is filled with millions of migrating golden jellyfish who have evolved over the years without stinging capability due to a lack of natural predators. It is one of several marine lakes like it in Palau but the only one that can be visited. A swim in the lake was featured in two episodes of the TV show Survivor as a reward for winning a challenge. Palau is the only place in the world where it is possible to swim among these harmless prehistoric creatures.
KororAfter that, I was back on the United Airlines flight again, on my way to Koror.Which lasted all of 45 minutes. No snacks were given this time, just some orange juice. And with some mild turbulence which I vaguely felt, I finally landed in Koror international airport.Koror was similar to Guam, with a lot of Filipino faces everywhere and the unmistakeable Tagalog songs in the few cafes that remained open even at 11pm, which was when I had landed. There were no taxis outside, so I had to ask the information counter for help. I was staying at a budget motel, so did not have the luxury of a pick-up. So, the information counter put me in one of the rides that was going to some big hotel, for a fee of 20USD.A quick note on FinancialsMind you, Palau is not a cheap destination to travel to, which was one of the reasons why I had avoided it when I visited Fiji and Vanuatu. A round-trip flight from Singapore to Manila cost me 210 SGD. And the round-trip from Manila to Koror, cost me 960 SGD. I had booked my flights very early, so YMMV depending on when you are booking. Also, I could gain some mileage points out of this trip for both Jetstar (Qantas points) and United, which compensated some of the expenses.As the mini-van left the airport with me and a couple of Chinese tourists, I heard the distant rumble of the clouds. It was going to rain in Koror. And I would have to find out how much this weather would permit me to see and do what I had planned for this country.That would have to be another post.------------------------------------------------------------------------