Stuart and Michele Westmorland are a photographic team residing in Mill Creek, Washington. Their photo files are 70,000 pictures strong and have appeared in a variety of publications, including more than 100 magazine covers. Although Stuart and Michele gather images of all types, from travel to lifestyle, their first love and passion is diving and photographing the wonderful marine environment. From the cold waters of South Africa to dive with Great White Sharks to the gentle warm oceans of the South Pacific, the couple spends many months a year bringing interesting stories and photographs to readers. With a combined experience of more than 25 years, their curiosity to explore new diving territories never wanes. Find out more about the Westmorlands at www.westmorland
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Welcome to the first live-via-internet adventure in Palau, Micronesia. Armed for the first time with a digital camera, along with a vast array of traditional camera equipment, we plan to share our two-week adventure with you "live" for five consecutive days.


The Rock Islands of Palau.
Michele and I are totally new to digital cameras and e-mailed transmissions. Travel with us and enjoy our wonderful experiences and computer bumbling, and feel free to e-mail any questions that you might have. Our Internet time is limited on the road; so it may take a few weeks to get back to you. Questions can be addressed to westmorlandphoto@hotmail.com.


Blue Corner--one of Palau's high voltage dive sites.
A few basics on where the heck we are and what we are doing. Anyone who has been to Palau and dived on Ocean Hunter has undoubtedly met Navot and Tova Bornovski. After pioneering live-aboard boat diving in Palau, acquiring Fish 'n Fins Diving and engineering a total refit of the dive facility, it was time to move on to the next challenge--outrigger eco-tourism. Participants in this new program explore an area rich in culture, with some of the most spectacular scenery on earth.


The stone money of Palau.
Following the tradition of Micronesia's legendary outrigger canoe seafarers, the 28-foot canoes are exact replicas of the traditional Palauan war canoes, with one exception--they are made of fiber glass. Use of this composite material protects the ancient trees and prevents destruction of the rain forest. The eco-tourism program's pollutant free policy spans from the woven hat on your head to the traditional Palauan meal served in natural wraps of banana and coconut leaves.

Paddling, snorkeling and hiking our way through the Rock Islands--let the adventure begin!


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Exploring with
Fish 'n Fins

Fish 'n Fins, the pioneer dive shop in Palau, offers a variety of activities: diving, snorkeling, hiking and canoeing. It offers a flexible itinerary and personalized service, as well as amenities on the dive boats, including toilet, shower and oxygen. Tova and Navot Bornovski are available every day to greet their guests and assure personal service.

Diving offers high voltage action at Blue Corner, gentle Giant Manta Rays at German Channel, historic WWII wrecks, mysterious jellyfish at Jellyfish Lake and the psychedelic mandarinfish at Fish 'n Fins Wall.


Tova and Navot with their outrigger canoe.

In between dives hikers can discover the rain forest's lush fauna, majestic waterfalls and historical and cultural sites. There is also good fishing available. Canoeing follows the traditions of old Palau, but with a western comfort. There are expeditions to Bat Caves, Yap's stone money quarry, an ancient sunken village, Rock Islands and mangrove channels.

For more information, please visit Fish 'n Fins' website at www.fishnfins.com, e-mail fishnfin@palaunet.com or call (680) 488-2637, fax (680) 488-5418.

Staying at the Palau Pacific Resort

Palau Pacific Resort is one of the top-rated luxury resorts in Micronesia. Situated near a 1,000 foot white sand beach, it has every amenity you would expect of an award winning international resort.


Palau Pacific Resort.

The property features an array of leisure activities such as Splash, a PADI Five Star Dive Center, and Photo Palau, a full service photo and video center. Poolside is the center for watersports, including windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing or kayaking. There is a fitness center, outdoor tennis courts and guided hiking on a botanical nature trail.

For more information call (680) 488-2600, fax (680) 488-1606 or 1601. Check out the website at www.panpac.com or send e-mail to ppr@palaunet.com.