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The Rock Islands of Palau – A Guide to Independent Kayaking and Camping

If you have spent time kayaking in waters that are dark and below freezing you can imagine how extraordinary it is to be gliding around crystal clear waters that remain a constant 28 degrees. With water temperature that can be warmer than the air temperature and copious amounts of sea life and coral every time you glance into the water, it really would be a stretch to find anywhere nicer to dip your paddle.

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Organizing an independent kayak and camping trip in this area isn’t easy. I found most companies quite unwilling to share very much information unless you were going to drop some serious coin. In the end, we rented kayaks and gear from Sam’s Tours, Jayden and Louis are two of the kayak staff from Sam’s and were helpful and forthcoming with information about where to camp and see the best corals and marine life.

I’ve compiled some very useful information to get you started planning your trip. If there is anything I have forgotten, or you have any questions, please let me know, and I’ll update the details below.

Where to Rent a Kayak: Regardless if you are a sea or river kayaker, or just a novice, I would highly recommend renting a plastic sit on top kayak that also has watertight storage. Living on the west coast of British Columbia I love my secure fiberglass sea kayak, but in the Rock Islands you want to just roll out and snorkel whenever it suits you, which will be quite often.

Planning Your Meals/How and What to Cook: In downtown Koror, you will find there are two main grocery stores and a handful of specialty stores Continue reading

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10 Beautiful Photos – Broughton Archipelago

I was lucky to have an opportunity to spend ten days sailing around the Broughton Archipelago. The photo’s below tell the story of the ever changing area. What was once a thriving area, home to First Nations and European settlers alike is now very sparsely populated, and nature is taking back the previously inhabited islands.

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The last few pieces of the Long House on Village Island as of August 2010. There is an excellent book written by a non-First Nations nurse who worked on the island in 1930 called Totem Poles and Tea which lets you envision what life must have been like on the island. It’s worth a read.

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Once upon a time this dock on Village Island was used by many to come and go Continue reading

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Vancouver Canada: Where to have a Mouthgasam

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Vancouver British Columbia is such a vibrant Canadian city to visit, on approach to the airport you can’t help but notice how the North Shore mountains seem to cup the modern city in its palm. The way the glass high-rises are tiltering over False Creek, but never actually fall in are almost surreal.

Vancouver is the city I call home, and it has a ridiculous amount of places to eat and drink. The choice of establishments is staggering, and the fact that most of us have been to a good chunk of them is impressive. Each Vancouverite has a list of their favorite establishments, where we love to spend our hard-earned cash savoring some of the finest dishes, and glasses of vino the city has to offer. Continue reading

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