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An absolute lifetime experience, and super cool one at that, is snorkeling at Jellyfish Lake in Palau. As you might have seen from my last post, I gave you all a bit of a glimpse into this bucket list item for any traveler and swimmer. Now is time to share even more about this experience that you can only have here, in Palau!
Jellyfish Lake has been around for the past 12,000 years. It is located in the Rock Islands of Palau – specifically the Eil Malk Island. It is about a 45 minute boat ride from Koror, the capital city.
The jellyfish have lost their sting overtime, due to no predators. This is what makes snorkeling with them a major experience – they don’t sting! You do not need stinger suits or to be scared of feeling a sharp pinch on your body from them.
Millions of jellyfish move through the lake everyday. Start off by getting off the boat and having your permit ready to show officials. There is a limit as to how many individuals visit the lake per day. The bookings are made through dive shops and tour operators whether there is availability. On my trip, I went with Fish ‘n Fins right after a two tank dive.
There is a 10 minute steep hike to the actual lake. Once you’re there, strap on your flippers and slide into the lake. It will take you about another 10 minutes or so to get to the area where majority of them are. As you swim, keep your head in the water as they slowly begin to appear.
No diving is allowed here, as the bubbles would harm the jellyfish. There are rules you should follow – don’t kick them and don’t hold them! Although it is cool to see them hover over your hand and it may look like they’re sitting in your palm. All in the angle you look at it and they will bump into you too as you float and swim.
The jellyfish are wonderful to view and I’ve never experienced anything as peaceful underwater. It truly is a unique experience.
Have you snorkeled with these jellyfish in Palau?