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Trip Report Photos -- Micronesia and the Philippines

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I will also cross-post on the Australia/Pacific branch.

Link to photos:

In December, I traveled around Micronesia, visiting Guam, Saipan, Yap and Palau, then traveled around the Philippines (Manila, Cebu, Bohol and Davao), ending in Malaysian Borneo and Brunei.

Some highlights were:

Yap: unbelievable snorkeling (I swam with a pod of spinner dolphins, but was unsuccessful in my attemp to see manta rays since the water was too murky)

Palau: snorkeling in the Rock Islands, including in Jellyfish Lake (a saltwater lake in which jellyfish have evolved without predators, so have lost their ability to sting -- its like swimming in a lava lamp with millions of jellyfish) and with giant clams

Bohol, the Philippines -- Chocolate Hills and the Tarsier Center

Brunei -- Kampung Ayer, the over-water stilt village in which thousands live in intersting dwellings, albeit in povery, while the Sultan lives in a golden domed, 1,000+ room palace


Manila -- a lot less interesting than the other Asian capitals, although it has excellent restaurants

Guam: much of the sense-of-place has evaporated with the influx of American culture and Japanese tourists

I haven't seen too many trip reports or requests for information about Micronesia, so I won't prepare a detailed trip report, but I would be happy to answer any questions.

I expect to return to the Pacific this December, visiting Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji.


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