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Scouting Report: Palau

Unexpected and off beat visions of this South Pacific paradise

Scouting Report: Palau

A longtime secret kept mostly by avid scuba divers, the island nation of Palau is now being discovered by photographers who stay on or above the water. Palau is some 500 miles east of the Philippines and consists of eight principal islands and more than 250 smaller ones, offering a spectacular array of scenery, culture and wildlife imagery that you can capture without ever donning a scuba tank.

While you don't need to scuba to enjoy the photo opportunities of Palau, you do need to prepare to shoot around the water. Among the must-have gear for a photo trip here is a good, dry bag and, if possible, some sort of waterproof camera.

If you're on a really tight budget, there are waterproof disposables that work amazingly well. But probably the ideal compromise between price and versatility would be one of the relatively inexpensive ($100-$200) housings for digital point-and-shoot cameras, a waterproof digital point-and-shoot camera or a flexible bag housing ($200-$300), such as the Ewa-Marine bags, for your SLR.

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