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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!)

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Getting cleaned up!

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Pucker up!

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Crocodile Fish!

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Unicorn fish!

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Cuttlefish!  Can you see it?

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

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What IS this thing?

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How about this metal looking thing?

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

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

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That’s me below!

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

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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!

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Hope to see you again, Palau!

So far this is the only video I have uploaded from our trip.  This is a short video from Ulong Channel, Palau – stick around to see a turtle, shark and a humongous (and super friendly) Napoleon Wrasse.  (If you go to vimeo you can watch it with HD on, as the video lost a ton of quality after the upload – how can I avoid that?  Other people’s videos online don’t turn to crap after uploading!)

So yeah, we’re back in Manila.  After the clusterf**k of NAIA Terminal 1 yesterday night we managed to get home about 2.5 hours after landing (no, there was no traffic coming home – 2 hours was just to get OUT of the airport!).  Why, oh why, if you know there are planes coming from a location (like UAE) that brings thousands of overseas workers, can’t you make those airlines spread out their arrival throughout the day instead of everyone arriving at once?  The line at immigration was far from a proper line and looked like exit doors after a baseball game when everyone is trying to go through the same door at the same time.

We were able to push our way through to get to the diplomatic line, but it was another 45 minutes before the baggage for our flight even started showing up on the carrousel – all 5 carrousels were taking care of 3 flights each and because so many people were stuck at the immigration line, the bags weren’t being picked up, airport personnel were not removing bags from the carrousel, so instead they would pause the damn thing, and wait until it had space to start up again.

That was definitely my idea of hell, and though we were miserable after only a 2.5 hour trip, I can’t even imagine what all the OFW’s (Overseas Filipino Workers) feel like after being in flights much longer than ours, eager to see their family members (who most haven’t seen in years), but instead they get stuck in a small terminal that just can’t handle the crowd (and the crowd outside the terminal was just as crazy).

The Terminal 1 at NAIA was voted the worst airport in the world, and I wish I had the sense of mind to pull off my camera and take pictures – words do no justice to the ridiculous mess that terminal was yesterday.  And yes, traffic to the airport was backed up for miles.

Right now I’m sorting through the tons of pictures I took (which ones to keep?  Which ones to delete?  Way too many of them!), and I also have to do something about the loads of videos – do I put all the shark videos in one go, instead of having 10 separate videos for sharks?  And if yes, how the hell do I do that as I have no clues about video editing?

Anyway, keep posted for more.  Palau was amazing, and if you haven’t been, you must go.

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