Arriving in Palau

By the time we got our luggage and went through another customs line, it was late, approaching midnight. By the time we got to our hotel, it was well past 1 AM.

The airport is quite a bit larger than the one in Yap; it had a snack bar and at least two gates. You can't really see it in the picture, but all the important buildings and some of the less important miscellaneous ones have an A-Frame on top of them.

Once again, we were greeted by a lovely, young woman who welcomed us with leis, but this time, it was a shell lei. They keep so much better, but both of them are reminders that we should all welcome strangers with open arms until they prove untrustworthy.

We finally arrived at our hotel and everyone was extremely nervous because it was in the "middle" of downtown, there were was no one around, the only thing open were bars, and we couldn't see a thing, but it seems we have a guardian watching our hotel, the West Plaza Hotel Desekel. Our guardian protected us because it was quite alright, except they kept turning off the air conditioning during the day.

It didn't matter; we were only going to be there while we weren't diving, so let's make the best of it, besides we aren't here for the ambience. The first thing we did the next morning is head over to the dive shop and get our paperwork taken care of - certification verification and release forms, the usual stuff.