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debersole
March 2nd, 2012, 04:45 PM
Carol and I just returned from a fabulous two week vacation to Palau and Yap -- a week on the luxury liveaboard Ocean Hunter III (www.oceanhunter.com (http://www.oceanhunter.com)) in Palau and then a week at Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers (www.mantaray.com (http://www.mantaray.com)) 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. Here are a few photos:

PALAU

http://debersole.smugmug.com/Underwater/Palau-February-2012/i-HNSQMVk/0/M/IMG1161-M.jpg

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http://debersole.smugmug.com/Underwater/Palau-February-2012/i-JCNPVMS/0/M/IMG1292-M.jpg

Jellyfish Lake
http://debersole.smugmug.com/Underwater/Palau-February-2012/i-cRm9MT6/0/M/IMG1852-M.jpg

Chandelier Cave
http://debersole.smugmug.com/Underwater/Palau-February-2012/i-mhcncPw/0/M/IMG1963-M.jpg

http://debersole.smugmug.com/Underwater/Palau-February-2012/i-fNshnpN/0/M/IMG1992-M.jpg

Yap -- Of mantas and mandarin fish!

http://debersole.smugmug.com/Underwater/Yap-February-2012/i-k3Z722F/0/M/IMG2104-M.jpg

http://debersole.smugmug.com/Underwater/Yap-February-2012/i-4mgp6CN/0/M/IMG2184-M.jpg

http://debersole.smugmug.com/Underwater/Yap-February-2012/i-5rQHMZv/0/M/IMG2162-M.jpg

http://debersole.smugmug.com/Underwater/Yap-February-2012/i-HmztVKS/0/S/IMG2386-S.jpg

http://debersole.smugmug.com/Underwater/Yap-February-2012/i-jfdvvBv/0/M/IMG2440-M.jpg

http://debersole.smugmug.com/Underwater/Yap-February-2012/i-vJkBXjZ/0/M/IMG2464-M.jpg

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

http://debersole.smugmug.com/Underwater/Yap-February-2012/i-JpwNfqs/0/L/IMG2482-L.jpg

Lots more images at debersole's Photos | SmugMug (http://www.debersole.com)

Gilligan
March 2nd, 2012, 08:00 PM
Outstanding photos to match the experience.

Sully3
March 2nd, 2012, 09:32 PM
that shot with the surgeonfish around the shark is spectacular!

jdandvalerie
March 2nd, 2012, 11:00 PM
Great shooting doc, We're envious Looking forward to seeing you on the Deep O in the near future.

debersole
March 2nd, 2012, 11:58 PM
Thanks, Dan. I was thinking about West Palm this weekend but it looks like the winds and seas are picking up. Maybe next weekend. Hope to see you and Valerie then!

Jim & Matt -- thanks for the kind words!

Doug

victor
March 11th, 2012, 04:35 AM
Looks like a great trip.

dhaas
March 11th, 2012, 10:50 AM
Doug,

Great stuff, especially the Mantas!

David Haas

www.haasimages.com

debersole
March 11th, 2012, 07:41 PM
Thanks, David. And thanks for the Philippines info.

Doug

cardzard
March 11th, 2012, 08:03 PM
Very nice, thanks for sharing.

Broct
March 11th, 2012, 08:18 PM
Very nice!

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irishtn
March 12th, 2012, 04:18 PM
Shark photo is one of the best underwater photos I have ever seen. Just outstanding.

TSandM
March 12th, 2012, 05:40 PM
What on earth is the second picture? It's fascinating.

Love the surgeonfish and the shark -- that's a framer, for sure.

debersole
March 12th, 2012, 09:19 PM
Thanks, everyone. And, Lynn, the second photo is inside a giant clam. I was trying to get an "artistic" image.

Doug

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