Palau’s Underworld in Photos

Posted on September 18, 2012 by

Millions of translucent white jellyfish dance and sway all around me, their short springy tentacles bobbing melodically in a synchronized rhythm, as if to welcome me into their world. This secret underworld must be one of the most magical places I’ve ever been — as there is no where else quite like this in the world. Unlike normal medusas, the golden jellyfish in this lake have evolved so much throughout the years that their stings no longer cause any harm to humans.

But Jellyfish Lake is just one of the many marvels of Palau. Located in the western corner of the Pacific Ocean, Palau is an archipelago nation in the Federated States of Micronesia, sprinkled with hundreds of world-class dive sites and patchworks of untouched forests. In the week that we spent exploring Palau, we kayaked the Rock Islands, plunged to the depth of its reefs and swam with sharks and turtles, before going back on land and exploring the historical side of Palau, and eventually getting down and dirty on a wild ATV ride. For a nature-lover like myself, Palau provided the perfect mix of adventure and outdoors fun.

Here’s a quick look at what we did in Palau over one week. I’ll be back with more stories from Palau, stay tuned!

View from lighthouse

A view of the outlying islands from Babeldaob

Ulong Beach

Ulong beach, where Survivor Palau was filmed

Jumping at Ulong Beach

Jumping with joy at the gorgeous beach of Ulong

Translucent golden jellyfish bobbing in unison at the Jellyfish Lake

The skin of the jellyfish is smooth and silky, and like its name implies, soft like jelly.

An enormous Napolean fish (Humphead Wrasse) circles us at the Big Drop Off

Swimming with a turtle

At Blue Corner, we saw several white tip sharks and grey reef sharks swimming around us

A crocodile at Ngerdoch River

A crocodile in the Ngerdoch River

Off road driving on ATV

Having a wild time driving ATVs through the rugged back country of Palau


Kayaking the Rock Islands

A World War II tank stands in the midst of the jungle on Babeldaob


The ancient monoliths that stand on the island of Babeldaob

*Photo credits: All the underwater photos above are provided by my friend, Michelle Jerson.

Disclosure: This trip was made possible by Palau Visitors Authority, but all opinions are our own.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

4 Responses to “Palau’s Underworld in Photos”

  1. Jesse September 19, 2012 2:53 am #

    The monoliths really intrigue me since they have no distinguishable shape, or maybe it's been shot on the wrong angle. I actually envy the diving experience you had in Palau. It reads more eventful with all those captures and finds under the sea.

    • @WildJunket December 29, 2012 11:48 am #

      Yes the monoliths were intriguing especially since they were brought there from other islands. Palau was definitely one of the best diving spots I've been to and highly recommend going there if you're a keen diver.

  2. Melissa Anderson October 10, 2012 6:17 am #

    Palau really has this gorgeous and breath taking ambiance that a nature lover would really love to have.This one of a kind place really gives me a total relaxation through out my past vacation and will surely come back soon. Thanks for sharing this blog site of your’s that allows me to reminisce my past adventure. [ heir to the underworld dot com ]

  3. jod3ci January 2, 2013 9:11 am #

    I've always been fascinated with the Jellyfish Lake, and it really does look amazing. Great photo swimming with the turtle too! I love being underwater :)

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