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Palau & Australia : Trip Report
Most of this trip was organized by Dave Zolna of Trip-n-Tour who specialize in dive travel to Micronesia. I handled the flight to Sydney and hotels in Sydney on my own. At first I tried to arrange the trip so as to avoid Sydney during the Olympics but it turned out to be almost impossible to do we resorted to paying triple for hotels and enjoy the Olympics.
Since this was three weeks long, the longest trip we've ever taken, I split up the information about what we saw and did into several sections.
|Chicago -> Los Angeles :||1,745 miles|
|Los Angeles -> Sydney :||7,483 miles|
|Sydney -> Cairns, Australia :||1,222 miles|
|Cairns, Australia -> Agana, Guam :||2,100 miles|
|Agana, Guam -> Koror, Palau :||821 miles|
|Total miles flown:||26,742|
For a couple days before the live-a-board we stayed at a quaint little resort called Caroline Resort. We also took the opportunity to experience Palau the islands which we knew we wouldn't get a chance to do once on the live-a-board including experiencing the Palauan delicacy.
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Sun Dancer II Live-a-board
The highlight of our trip to Palau is a week long live-a-board on the Peter Hughes Sun Dancer II where we dove the pristine and shark-filled reefs of Palau.
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We flew from Chicago into Sydney and spent two days there, mostly to check out the Olympics, before heading north towards Palau. At the end of the trip we spent three more days in Sydney before heading back to Chicago.
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Sydney 2000 Olympics
Since we were in Sydney for a couple days during the Olympics we decided to attend a couple events at the last minute. We saw Men's Cycling and Men's Indoor Volleyball Quarterfinals.
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Sydney Taronga Zoo
One of the highlights of our visit to Sydney was Taronga Zoo. Lily's favorite part was being able to see Koalas up close. Did I ever mention that Koalas smell bad?
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We stopped by Guam twice during our trip pretty much because the only way to get to and from Palau is through Guam. We spent more time than we wanted to but still found ways to entertain ourselves. If you ever wondered what you can see in Guam, check this out.
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After Palau we stopped in Cairns, Australia for a few days to take in some of the sights there and most of all to dive the Great Barrier Reef.
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A "must see" side trip near Cairns is the Kuranda Rainforest. Not quite what I expected but still interesting. We took a "Skyrail" up the mountain to the village in the rainforest, hung out for a while, then took an old "scenic railway" back to Cairns.
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For your convenience I put information about all the books and web sites we used to plan our travel in one place.
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