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    Back from a fabulous trip to Palau and Yap -- with the Kiss GEM SCR

    Carol and I just returned from a fabulous two week vacation to Palau and Yap -- a week on the luxury liveaboard Ocean Hunter III (Ocean Hunter I & III - Palau's most luxurious liveaboards) in Palau and then a week at Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers (Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers in Yap, Micronesia :: Home) in Yap. My business sponsored the trip so our group of 16 friends had the whole liveaboard to ourselves and two of our own boats in Yap. Truly a trip of a lifetime. Thanks go out to Tova and Navot Bornovski of Fish N Fins & Ocean Hunter and to Bill Ackers at Manta Ray Bay for such a great vacation. Thanks, also, to Mike Veitch who, a couple of years ago when I was setting this trip up, told me to schedule Yap around the full moon in Feb thru April for the best manta action. He nailed it!!! We had up to 7 mantas on the cleaning station at one time. And the new cleaning station they found is in only 15-20 feet of water so 75 min dives were common and no need for the rebreathers -- even for open circuit air hogs!

    Bob Ferguson, Steve Reichenbach, and I all opted to dive Kiss GEMs on the trip. While Ocean Hunter III is rebreather friendly with O2 and sorb available, Bill Ackers at Manta Ray Bay/Yap Divers admits upfront they are not set up for CCR. However, getting EAN36 is not a problem. Given this and the much lower weight requirements for the GEM over CCR, we opted for SCR diving. We had Micropore ship us Extend Air cartridges from Australia to Palau and they were waiting for us on the boat in Palau when we arrived.

    Here are a few photos:

    PALAU









    Jellyfish Lake


    Chandelier Cave




    Yap -- Of mantas and mandarin fish!













    And, finally, one for this year's Christmas card ............



    Lots more images at debersole's Photos | SmugMug

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    Very nice, Doug. Welcome back.
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    Nice pics and you are right it is a trip of a lifetime.
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    Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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    Wow Doug! Absolutely beautiful pics! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

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    Thanks, everyone.

    Randy -- looking forward to seeing you and your family at Innerspace this year. And maybe Rebreather Forum ???

    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by debersole  View Original Post
    Thanks, everyone.

    Randy -- looking forward to seeing you and your family at Innerspace this year. And maybe Rebreather Forum ???

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    Hi Doug,

    We will be at both events!

    See you there!

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    Amazing. So very glad you had a successfull trip. The pictures are oustanding.

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    Great Pic's thanks for sharing.
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    Great pics, as always Doug.
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