february 2015: taipei & palau

Mystical Jellyfish Lake

After a full week of diving, our last full day on the liveaboard came all too soon. On Saturday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day – we had to stay close to the surface for a full 24 hours before getting on a plane on Sunday. Snorkeling was in order....

Peleliu Island: A journey into the past

On Wednesday we were given the option to skip our second dive and instead take a field trip to the nearby Peleliu Island for a land tour. Peleliu Island, I learned that day, was an infamous battle ground in World War II between the Americans and the Japanese. A bit of...

Palau: more underwater pics!!

An unplanned post: I just received the DVD of the dive pictures that Captain Scott took during our trip with his fancy underwater camera and lighting system. They are stunning and worth posting….it really was like swimming in an aquarium with colourful, cool...

Paradise: A week of diving in Palau

The moment we had been waiting for: Sunday afternoon we boarded the liveaboard, The Palau Aggressor. First order of business: getting all of our diving gear set up on the deck. Well, let’s be honest, I didn’t have the first clue how to get my gear ready on...

Welcome to Palau: A day of kayaking & snorkeling

We finally arrived in Palau late Friday night (it was a five hour flight from Taipei) and were exhausted. We are spending two nights on the island in a resort before boarding a liveaboard scuba diving yacht to tour the islands of Palau for the next seven days. The...

Taipei continued….

Next stop: The Grand Hotel. Built years ago and once the most opulent hotel in the city, it is now a very reasonably priced hotel (according to Jan) and has recently undergone a makeover to bring it up to date. Jan said he stayed here 23 years ago when first arriving...

Taipei…in half a day

On a whim back in January, I decided to join a friend on a scuba diving trip to Palau. After a month of anticipation February 4th finally arrived when I was finally able to leave the snow and cold weather behind and board a plane for a warmer weather and what is...