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Palau's Blue Holes dive amazingly photogenic

Blue Holes may well be Palau's most scenic dive; it features four vertical shafts that open on the top of the reef and descend to a large cavern that exits on the outer wall at about 25m

Blue Holes may well be Palau's most scenic dive; it features four vertical shafts that open on the top of the reef and descend to a large cavern that exits on the outer wall at about 25m

Many-spotted sweetlips; I don't recall ever having seen this species before coming to Palau

Many-spotted sweetlips; I don't recall ever having seen this species before coming to Palau

The beauty of Palau is not restricted solely to underwater scenes; the boat rides to the dive sites were filled with plenty of oohs and aahs

The beauty of Palau is not restricted solely to underwater scenes; the boat rides to the dive sites were filled with plenty of oohs and aahs

Pink anemonefish; the 1968 movie Hell in the Pacific, starring Lee Marvin, was filmed in Palau

Pink anemonefish; the 1968 movie Hell in the Pacific, starring Lee Marvin, was filmed in Palau

This large school of parrotfish was having lunch; they eat algae off the coral and are very noisy doing so

This large school of parrotfish was having lunch; they eat algae off the coral and are very noisy doing so

Brilliant red brain coral; to illustrate how small and undeveloped Palau is, the country has 38 miles of highway (only 22 miles are paved!)

Brilliant red brain coral; to illustrate how small and undeveloped Palau is, the country has 38 miles of highway (only 22 miles are paved!)

Blue Holes is a favorite dive in Palau for serious photographers who can capture the light and many shades of blue much better than I can

Blue Holes is a favorite dive in Palau for serious photographers who can capture the light and many shades of blue much better than I can

Striped surgeonfish; there were options to take a flight over Palau or even go skydiving but, though enticing, I decided not to do either

Striped surgeonfish; there were options to take a flight over Palau or even go skydiving but, though enticing, I decided not to do either

In 2012, the Rock Islands of Palau were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; most of these islands are off-limits to visitors

In 2012, the Rock Islands of Palau were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; most of these islands are off-limits to visitors

Blue Holes is one of the most photogenic dives in Palau with the brilliant light at the opening as divers drift down; you can exit the bottom of Blue Holes and drift down to the Blue Corner

Blue Holes is one of the most photogenic dives in Palau with the brilliant light at the opening as divers drift down; you can exit the bottom of Blue Holes and drift down to the Blue Corner

Many-spotted sweetlips; most Palauans speak a local dialect that isn't closely related to any other Polynesian language and was impossible to understand

Many-spotted sweetlips; most Palauans speak a local dialect that isn't closely related to any other Polynesian language and was impossible to understand

Posted by VagabondCowboy 04:37

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