Palau: The Last of Diving

I’m still trying to put my videos together (anyone can recommend a good software to merge videos?  I’ve been trying Format Factory but with a lot of mixed results).

I posted pictures of sharks, turtles and manta rays, but we also saw a lot of cool fish and other stuff while diving.  The huge Napoleon Wrasse was my favorite!  (And the friendliest of fish, it came so close!)


Getting cleaned up!


Pucker up!


Crocodile Fish!


Unicorn fish!


Cuttlefish!  Can you see it?


Feather Star Fish – they’re everywhere here in the Philippines, see the little legs?


What IS this thing?


How about this metal looking thing?


Triggerfish!  It looks like it’s passing out – it’s just a trick…


You get too close and it attacks!  (Luckily I moved out of the way before it bit me.)


That’s me below!


Me again with some giant clams – see them to my right?


Diving in Palau was spectacular!  On most dives we had over 100 feet visibility (I think the worst visibility was at German Channel to see the manta rays because of the sandy bottom, but that was still at least 50ft or so visibility).

If you ever have a chance to go to Palau (even if you don’t dive), make sure to jump at the opportunity.  It’s a beautiful country and one of my favorite trips!  We did a road trip on the main island on the last day as well, and I’ll definitely share those pictures soon!


Filed under Diving, Pictures, Travel, Trips!

8 responses to “Palau: The Last of Diving

  1. Those photos look fantastic!! Super jealous!!!!!

  2. I’m always in awe of those photos. Mike is a licensed diver as well and used to dive all of the time before he met me since his dad loved it so much. He always said it was uncomfortable because of the dry mouth and heartburn he’d get after being underwater so long. Do you get that?

    As for video editing programs, I do know Corel Video Studio Pro has gotten good reviews but is about $70. They might have a free trial program if you want to check it out.

    • I never got dry mouth or heartburn from diving, that’s so odd! If I’m super thirsty, I get dry mouth underwater, but I just make sure to be hydrated beforehand, and usually have no issues. If you ever get the opportunity to dive, jump at it, as it’s such an amazing experience! A whole different world out there.

      I’ll check the Corel Video Studio Pro. $70 is not too bad!

  3. awesome photos, what camera are you using? I am a new UW photographer and have been using the windows live movie maker that came with my laptop

    • I just use a Panasonic Lumix point and shoot, but it does a great job! I blogged about the camera and the diving case here: I highly recommend it!

      I use the underwater mode when underwater, then use the free PhotoScape software to correct the coloring, since they turn out with a tinge of yellow, but after doing the “auto level” — basically my extent of knowledge in editing pictures — the blues go back to true-to-life. I heard that can be avoided by doing a white balance underwater, but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet!

      I need to try windows live movie maker. Despite being 2.5 years old, my Dell computer is on its last legs and I’m waiting for my new one to arrive, hopefully it’s fast enough that I can get the movies to work.

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