Our first dive on our third day was my favorite of the 11 we did over the four days of diving. We started off at a dive site called Fairyland, named for its fanciful and vibrant corals that make you question if you have managed to dive straight out of reality. The water was so crystal clear, and there was so much to see! I think we saw a turtle in the first 60 seconds under water. Here are some of the things we saw:
Butterfly fish confetti
After an awesome day of diving, we got back to the dock at the dive shop and... went diving! We'd heard rumors that there was a surprising amount of things to see diving just below the pier where all the dive boats were moored. We strapped our tanks back on and jumped in to find this:
A pipe fish... from the same family as the seahorse
With all we had seen and done so far, it was pretty incredible that our last day of diving was the most spectacular. That morning we set off on a very different kind of dive... to Chandelier Cave.
On our last day, we approached Blue Corner from the Blue Holes, a series of four caverns 100+ ft deep
Found a disco clam on the walls of the Blue Holes
Then onto Blue Corner, where, once again, it was fish and sharks everywhere!
So you can imagine our excitement when a few minutes later, a couple of manta made their way toward us! Yessss!
Under water showerThe rest of the dive was great too... a fantastic current pulling us through the channel, plus lots of fish and plenty more sharks. Oh, and more manta. We ended up seeing EIGHT of them on our dive! We had to hand it to our awesome dive guide for setting us up for success on our last dive. He knew the tides and the currents and conditions that would be just right for spotting them. And he was spot on. If you ever head to Palau, head to Sam's Tours and ask for Kostas to be your guide. You will not be disappointed!
We got to snorkel some of the clearest water I have ever seen. Check this out:
So clear!! Snorkeling here reminded me of when I got Lasik and could see everything perfectly all of a sudden :)
One last underwater creature shot... electric blue clam.