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Good Morning Palau! Palau Part II

2010 March 19

Paradise greeted us at 4 a.m. with the sound of roosters serenading outside our window. Friends we made later on told us we’d eventually just stop hearing them. We had no idea how true that was (amusing story… part IV).IMG_0785 Palau

Day 1 was spent walking Koror to get the lay of the land. Got breakfast – chicken stir fry, (we offered a nearby rooster) and a cheese/egg burger for me. It was indeed an egg on a burger. We started following the locals to dine shortly thereafter.

For the ‘main drag,’ Koror was quiet. The speed limit gave dogs and chickens ample time to go about their days crossing The road that went through town. We sought out the Palau Conservation Society (PCS) to meet a friend of a friend – missed him, so we snorkeled across the street. (Yep, it was clean enough.) Still blister-free, we continued onto what would become our second home there: Sam’s Tours to plan finishing up my diving certification!

Later that night at Kramer’s (go if you’re there!), we met up with our friend Scott (PCS), for the first time in person. As we came in he said; “I KNEW I drove by you guys three times today!” I guess we slightly stuck out… small place. Talking that night, it already began to feel like we were home away from home.

The next day we explored the island of Ulong (where contestants ‘roughed it’ on Survivor) with Scott’s family, and other new friends including Ron Leidich, a biologist and founder of Planet Blue Kayak Tours. Talking with Ron was like being back at camp, only way cooler. We were learning (alongside the actual kids there with us) how some of Palau’s plants were pollinated, and which ones wouldn’t kill you, should you ever get sick of coconuts. Helpful, since we were scheming to kayak and camp on the Rock Islands and beyond for a week on our own.

Watching a stunning sunset on the boat ride back that day it hit us: one trip, a few weeks, would never be enough.

Sunset Palau

About the author: Jeanethe lives in Boston, working for EPA’s New England Office as a Public Affairs Specialist, and a Superfund Community Involvement Coordinator. Currently Jeanethe is also working on web and social media outreach for EPA’s Office of Web Communications in Washington D.C.

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. Allan Kaufman permalink
    March 19, 2010

    Palau has some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world. Hope you have a chance to either or both (if you are a certified diver)

  2. armansyahardanis permalink
    March 19, 2010

    Jeanethe, almost 17000 islands, here, maybe like in Palau. I understand its have sensual paradise, and bringing us how we are as the human in front of the universe. Happy environmental traveling !!!

  3. NASAGAL permalink
    March 19, 2010

    Ulong was a mess after the TV show “Survivor” left. Trash everywhere in the water surrounding the dock…so much for “leave no trace”. I was on a 4 day solo kyak trip from island to island.
    I reported it back to Sam Tour’s office on return…they didn’t believe me!

    Palau people are the best…they live in Paradise and are a content lot.

  4. Angel Arraiz permalink
    March 19, 2010

    La solución a los problemas del ambiente la tenemos frente a nuestra cara; simplemente todos debemos participar ya que las consecuencias no son locales sino globales.

  5. Jeanethe Falvey permalink
    March 19, 2010

    I believe it.. after talking to some others at Sam’s etc about the aftermath… How did you like the rats on the rock islands, weren’t they cute!! :) so glad you found this – thanks for writing!

  6. Jeanethe Falvey permalink
    March 19, 2010

    I AM NOW!! WOOT!

  7. Al Bannet permalink
    March 19, 2010

    Tourists visit such places as Palau to get away from the urban and suburban crush and pollution that they themselves foster by involvemnet in the commercial exptremes of modern society. Then word passes from person to person and soon a tourist agency promotes more travel to the favorite location, until so many people are visiting every years that it becomes almost as crowded and polluted as their own area. So, unless the people of Palau themselves, with the help of whoever sees the problem, closes down the tourist trade, the natural beauty will be lost and it will turn into just another tourist trap.

  8. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    March 21, 2010

    Too much tourism of the islands may not be a good thing. Some is fine but the local government and people need to put controls on it to avoid the conjestion and pollution that has happened in so many other places. You were able to go at a time when the islands are still unspoiled. Hopefully, they will remain unspoiled for years to come. The towns there seem like a town I and my mother went to several times in the 1960s, Rockville, Indiana. A small town that was county seat for Parke County in West Central Indiana where everything was in walking distance and as soon as you left the town limits you were in fields of crops and open country. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

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