Once my 5 days of Palau Diving and my day tour at Jellyfish Lake was complete, I had two more free days to spend at my leisure. I decided to do some Palau kayaking and the night beforehand, booked my tour with the agency located in the Palau Pacific Resort.
I was picked up in the morning and they took me to another hotel in Koror where a speed boat loaded with kayaks was waiting. Every other person on the tour was Japanese and did not speak English. Palau is very popular for the Japanese as a holiday location and you will find many things are catered towards their taste, language and culture.
However, the tour guide was great and she would translate everything for me after briefing the Japanese folks on what we were going to do. They had never kayaked before, so it was quite the interesting morning watching them splash around between the islands Luckily the tour guide let me go at my own pace.
We kayaked through a lagoon called the Milky Way. I jumped in and scooped up some muck from the bottom and rubbed it on my face. Locals claim that bathing in the white limestone mud found on the waters floor will make you look ten years younger.
We kayaked for about an hour in the morning and then stopped on an island to have lunch. Since I was so far ahead of the group, I had about another 45 minutes to go explore on my own.
Previously, on the boat ride out to our initial kayak launching site, they had pointed out the propeller of a Japanese zero plane wreck poking out of the water. I figured I would head that way and explore it.
Once I was done exploring the Japanese zero from my kayak, I headed back to the beach on the island where everyone else was waiting for lunch and had another delicious Japanese bento.
On the beach where we had lunch there was another WWII Japanese zero engine that had washed up on shore
After our kayaking was over, we were taken to another area to snorkel around in. It was a bit boring with just some bottles, bad coral and a tire someone had discarded into the water…. So I decided to use the time to get a quick workout in and was swimming around when I heard yelling, “manta! manta!” So I swam that way and saw my first and only manta in Palau: