Snorkeling at Jellyfish Lake.
While in Palau we went to Jellyfish Lake. There are actually seven jellyfish lakes but only one is open to the public, Ongeim’l Tketau. The lake contains brackish water and is filled with rainwater (fresh) and salt water which leaches in through the limestone of the island. The Golden jellies have been in the lake for so long (maybe millions of years) that they have mostly lost their ability to sting. They pulse across the lake in search of the sun and in the middle are present in the thousands! The jellies bump into snorkelers and each other and it is hard to explain the sensation but it feels a bit like being hit by soft Jello.
I lost all track of time while swimming gently through the jellies trying to get some pictures, taking my strobe off its arm and hand holding to change the lighting. I also took some video (see link below) but you really need to go there and experience jellyfish lake yourself. Snorkeling in Jellyfish Lake was so cool!
How to get there.
Our group was on a liveaboard dive boat, the Palau Siren but you can take day trips to Jellyfish Lake from Koror, the capital of Palau. All trips to Jellyfish Lake will involve a boat ride to Eil Malk island where you climb up and over a small hill. There are steps but they are uneven and often slippery so wear suitable shoes or better yet wear dive booties. At the lake there is a dock where you can put on your fins, mask and snorkel and hop in. Swim (gently) to the middle of the lake where the sun hits the lake to see the most jellies and be prepared for one of the best experiences of your life.
I hope you enjoy the images and the video. Happy bubbles!