Casey Mahaney & |
Astrid Witte Mahaney
Operating Blue Kirio Travel and Photography, this photographic
team specializes in underwater photography and exotic dive travel
and have co-authored 10 books on marine life identification
and dive travel, along with a vast number of articles for periodicals.
Through the years, they have developed a special interest in
exploring marine life habitats and identifying and photographing
unusual and uncommon species of fish and invertebrates. While
spending several months every year traveling on various assignments,
they also specialize in organizing and escorting a limited number
of live-aboard dive tours to select remote and exotic destinations
around the globe.
received its share of superlative labels: One of the Seven
Wonders of the Diving World, The Marine Life Capital of
the Pacific and The Mecca of Diving, it is no secret that
Palau's intricate and unique reef system is unsurpassed
in diversity anywhere in the world.
still, many divers who visit Palau, only experience one
type of reef zone: The sheer, outer drop offs. While these
types of dives are without a doubt thrilling, they only
present one type of reef zone and marine life habitat. Since
Palau boasts at least 10 different types of marine environments,
each one brimming with a distinct array of marine species,
we will attempt to explore as many as possible. We'll dive
mangrove forests, seagrass beds, mud flats, marine lakes,
submarine caves, as well as a few of Palau's current-flushed
high voltage walls. Our cameras are prepped, our guides
the best, and we are ready.
the anxious anticipation all dive adventures induce, also
comes the questions: Will we find the elusive, yet so stunning,
mandarinfish, or perhaps the highly venomous stonefish?
Will we get lucky and find the rare Ghost Pipefish or maybe
one of those vividly hued Imperial or Harlequin Shrimp?
Only bottom time will tell. But, one thing is for sure.
We will encounter plenty of the prowling reef sharks Palau
is so famous for!
dear readers, our top priority through all of this excitement
will be to share every adrenaline-dripped minute of it with
you. Armed with a digital camera and all the gadgets necessary
to take it below, we'll be uploading daily broadcasts to
keep you in the loop. Stay tuned for more from the nearly
perfect diver's paradise of Palau.
The Palau Pacific Resort
Considered one of Micronesia's most luxurious resorts, the
Palau Pacific Resort features 160 guest rooms and suites nestled
within a lush tropical landscape. Located along a beautiful
white sand beach, just 25 minutes from the international airport
it provides a vast selection of leisure and recreational activities.
The 5 Star PADI Dive Center "Splash" offers instructional programs
as well as guided scuba and snorkeling tours. "Photo Palau"
provides a full-service photo and digital video center, while
"The Poolside" is the center for watersports such as windsurfing,
kayaking, sailing and snorkeling. The resort also offers a fitness
center, outdoor tennis courts, nature trails as well as fine
dining at the Meduu Ribtal Restaurant and the alfresco Coconut
Sam Scott has been exploring Palau's vast reef system, hidden
waterways and forgotten jungles for more than 18 years and knows
the best locations below and above the surface. An endless enthusiasm
for showcasing Palau's diversified ecosystem for every visitor
and a willingness to go the extra mile have earned Sam a reputation
for unique and personalized service. With his first-class team
of PADI instructors, marine biologists and trained naturalists,
Sam's Tours offers an array of watersports, including diving,
kayaking, snorkeling, overnight sailing and environmentally
friendly sportfishing tours. In addition, Sam's offers thrilling
land tours to towering waterfalls, ancient Palauan monoliths,
prehistoric cave paintings and fascinating Yapese stone money
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