Trip to the Rock Islands
It was the last day of the series of the meetings we had in Palau. On the invitation of Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, CEO of the Palau International Coral Reef Centre and accompanied by Mr. King Sam the National Focal Point for United Nations Convention of Biological Diversity (UN CBD) and Nagoya Protocol we spent the latter part of the day in a excursion trip to the Rock Islands, their surrounding Protected Area and marine biodiversity heaven. I wasnt feeling well and wanted to take rest aftre the meeting had concluded however my colleagues pestured me to join them and I must say it was worth it for evry moment we spent at the sea. It was a treat for the eyes seeing the intricate arrangements of the marine life, their relationships woven into an array of complete wonder with amazing sights of awesome beauty in a pristine crystal clear water surrounded by small rocky islands with a magnificient display telling us just how marvelleous natural environment awith its interactions amongst its the flora and fauna can play.
The Rock Islands of Palau are small mushroom like rocky islands made of coral and limestone havng ancient relics of coral reefs that violently surfaced to form Islands in Palau’s Southern Lagoon, between Koror and Peleliu.They are a World Heritage Site since 2012.
The Rock Islands and the surrounding reefs make up Palau’s popular tourist sites such as Blue Corner, Blue hole, German Channel, Ngermeaus Island and the famed Jelly fish one of the many Marine lakes in the Rock Islands that provides home and safety for several kinds of stingless jellyfish ound only in Palau. It is the most popular dive destination in Palau, and offers some of the best and most diverse dive sites on the planet. From wall diving to high current drift dives, from Manta Rays to sharkfeeds an from shallow and colorful lagoons to brilliantly decorated caves and overhangs. The islands are the location of Dolphin Bay – where there is a staff of vets and trainers that educate about the life of dolphins [ This paragraph is sourced from Wikipedia]
As the mission to Palau has concluded Im hopeful that some day I may return with family for a holiday here.