ON THIS DAY: DAY 7 in Palau on @mvsolitudeone mvsolitudeone for #SolitudeOneFrenzy, last day. 😭
Sadly today is our last day on @solitudeone, with no diving BUT it sounds like we still have an awesome day planned for us. I’m so looking forward to #jellyfishlake.
The weather has cleared, the ☀️ was out shining and the turquoise waters were illuminated around the limestone islands. Wow what a Tropical Paradise. 🌴
#jellyfishlake. After being closed for 2 years in 2017 we were so lucky and privileged to have the lake be reopened to the public. The lake was closed because all the jellyfish died. The population was said to have dwindled due to El Nino and also Human activities -- such as bringing non-native and invasive species and harmful sunscreen pollutants to the lake -- are also blamed for its decline. So before entering you and your items must be washed and rinsed at the dock, sunscreens, lotions etc are not allowed. The jellies are so delicate, swimmers are instructed to be gentle, careful and not to touch or kick aggressively.
Being there early morning, we were there alone and had the whole place to ourselves. #luckyus 🤗 As we swam across the lake the concentration of jellies got thicker and I found my happiness grew and grew and grew. Tucked in the back corner, was jelly heaven. A countless number, all pulsing away to the tune of their own rhythm and direction. The way the light shone through the surface and through the jellies creating the most angelic golden glow, it instantly mesmerised you and took you to a warm place in your heart. The more I floated on the surface and watched, the deeper I was taken away. It was so idyllic. Watching the fluid pulsing of the jellies created a soft rhythm of heartbeats that only I could hear. What if each of these beats were connected to you, me, a whale, a crab, a fish? Was this the hub or portal to nirvana, peace, happiness and understanding. The miracle of the jellies and their light touch as you floated about was so spiritual and cleansing. The most tranquil, soothing and blissful marine experience I’ve ever had.
Thank you to the entire @mvsolitudeone team for providing such an amazing live-aboard dive trip.
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The Soft Rhythm of Heartbeats
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