Paradise of the Sea
Let us all keep our islands, our home, be the Paradise it was always meant to be.
Our vision of what is right for our islands is in the palms of our hands. All we need is a collaborative national effort to seek these visions, settle our differences, and keep the integrity of our islands for generations upon generations of our young ones who will settle our islands in the future. Let us all take heed.
Our human resources are our best asset. Let us nourish and assist them to help conserve and preserve our islands.
edited August 2016
I find it sadly ironic that National Geographic chose to collaborate with a Palau based vessel owned by the same company addressed in a
given their intention to destroy certain areas of pristine and untouched nature in the Nikko Bay area of Palau. Are there no Palauan owned live-aboard dive vessels that would better benefit collaborating with production entities, of which a never ending stream seem to visit the islands?
The ongoing case regarding the owners of the vessel and the issue they are facing with is quite recent and happened way after the documentary so that it was irrelevant then. As for local live-aboard, that is an enterprise that Palauans have not quite entered into quite yet as on now. In the near future, you bet.
OK thanks for clearing that up. I would love to see Palau and take tighter control of their Oceans and the nationalities of operators allowed to exploit it for financial gain. I think with greater revenue derived from the recreational dive industry on a commercial level for Palauans it would elevate the local standards to instil stringent conservation practices.
Is it also true now that the Jellyfish Lake is also devoid of Jellyfish?
climate change impact it is. world leaders must do something and I mean quick to reverse the rising heat of our planet. If you're not of us being called bible fanatics, please make time to study the prophecies of the bible for in it shall find you insights that will amazes you about how things happening in our time fulfills these prophecies of the bible that many had tried to put in slow mode or discredit it. Palau is being blessed with people who think of their people and their economy not the other way around like what we're seeing today. So my hope for Palau that it continues to strive to find another means in place of and better to what may be destroyed by the global warming.
Rock Islands Southern Lagoon | PALAU VISITORS AUTHORITY
Environment | EMBASSY PRESENTS ECO-FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE
Palau boasts incredible maritime diversity
by Masaaki Kameda
Jul 13, 2017
Palau has boosted its efforts to preserve its rich maritime environment for generations to come, with some of the measures including the introduction of environmental protection taxes and education for children, an official from the Tokyo branch of the country’s tourism office said at a recent seminar in Tokyo.
The island country in the Western Pacific boasts the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, which was designated in 2012 as a mixed World Heritage site; one of only 35 such sites in the world that feature elements of both natural and cultural significance.
“It’s like an aquarium in the sea, given the amazingly diverse species,” Tsuyoshi Shibamura, marketing and sales coordinator of the Palau Visitors Authority Japan Office, told an audience at the Minato City Eco-Plaza on June 22.
In the area, which covers about 100,000 hectares with 445 uninhabited limestone islands of volcanic origin, 746 species of fish, over 385 species of coral, as well as at least 13 species of sharks and manta rays can be found, according to UNESCO.
At the seminar titled “Palau with a World Heritage site; a small country’s unique efforts on tourism development and nature conservation,” Shibamura introduced many unique spots, including Jellyfish Lake, the Milky Way Lagoon known for its white mud, Blue Corner dive site and Ngardmau Waterfalls.
“Speaking of jellyfish, there are species in Palau that live in a lake, not the sea,” he said. This unique environment protects them from predators, so the jellyfish there have weakened stings and poison, enabling visitors to swim with them, he added.
However, the lack of rain last year made the lake saltier and raised the water temperature, causing the jellyfish to disappear, Shibamura said. Fortunately, the larva at the bottom of the lake have gradually grown, and visitors could possibly see jellyfish again next year, he noted.
Attracted by its beautiful sea and the World Heritage site, as well as its hidden rich nature, around 30,000 Japanese visited Palau in 2016, logging about a 50 percent increase from 1997, Shibamura said.
To preserve its invaluable environment, a number of authorities, including the state of Koror hosting the Rock Islands, impose taxes on travelers, according to Shibamura.
“We have a philosophy to make continuous efforts to preserve this nature for the next 100, and even 200, years,” he said.
The $50 Rock Island permit, valid for 10 days, is necessary to visit, while travelers are required to pay a $30 Green Fee when they depart the country, Shibamura explained.
Additionally, further promotional efforts are necessary to educate local people on reasons why nature is so important, he stressed. He added relevant authorities have created DVDs so that children can also understand that.
“We need to let them know that nature is Palau’s valuable asset,” Shibamura said.
The seminar was the seventh in a series introducing eco-friendly lifestyles promoted by various countries around the world. The Minato City Eco-Plaza and The Japan Times jointly organize the seminars in cooperation with embassies in Tokyo.
At the outset of the seminar, Palau’s Ambassador Francis Mariur Matsutaro spoke of the Pacific country’s close ties with Japan, dating back more than 100 years.
“In April 2015, we had the great honor to welcome their Majesties Emperor (Akihito) and Empress (Michiko) to Palau, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the war in the Pacific.”
Japan governed Palau from 1920 until the end of World War II in 1945. Imperial troops battled American forces there in the fierce Battle of Peleliu from September to November 1944.
I hope our Japanese market can continue to thrive as they have been loyal visitors for a very long time. Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) have done a tremendous job traveling abroad to promote our island. It is a quite humbling to know the promotions are also advertised by agencies from abroad.
Networking is a global phenomena with so much potential if we put it to good use. The media can be an excellent means to spread awareness of our remote islands and its unique beauty for all to enjoy and appreciate the wonders of this wonderful planet we call home.
My dear jellyfish, we the recent policies put in place to ban the visitation of your by our government, I see you bouncing back in the future for all of us to enjoy once more. I salute our leaders for overseeing the protection of our natural resources. They are certainly a gift from heaven.
belau is rly beautiful