Countdown to Tank’s Travels boorish traveller of 2016 award

IMG_2264-2Where has the year gone? Can’t believe it’s getting near time to award Tank’s Travels boorish traveller of the year award for 2016.

We have some terrific contestants this year.

Who could forget the horrid people I had the misfortunate of encountering in gorgeous Palau.

Or Darrell, the Alberta drunk who tortured us with his barbarianism on a trip to Cuba.

I’ll be reposting the contestants stories in the next few weeks so you can become reacquainted with them.

The winner will be announced just before new years.


PS: here’s last year’s winner. A potty-mouthed scuba diver in Cozumel.





The end of Palau’s Jellyfish Lake?


20160316-20160316-IMG_6197-4As one epic natural disaster takes place in wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta, another one is being faced on the Micronesian island of Palau. Where I visited in late March. Where I snorkled at Jellyfish Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Where the jellyfish have now practically disappeared.

Frankly, I was disappointed by the visit. I’d seen photos of a lake teeming with jellyfish. Twas not what I saw.

We needed to swim for about 10 minutes before we arrived at a section of the lake where jellyfish could be found. When we got there, I couldn’t help but wonder if this is all there was. Yes, there were jellyfish, but not in the quantity I was expecting. It appears the numbers have dropped again since I was there – roughly six weeks ago.

We arrived early in the morning. Four of us had the lake to ourselves. When we left, dozens of tourists were arriving for what would be hundreds of snokeller visits that day.

Scientists are blaming the phenomenon on global warming for the drought and high temperatures Palauans have endured of late.

Read this. It’s a terrible situation.

I hope other dive shops will follow suit and cease their lake visits, at least for the time being. Each individual visit brings roughly $100 USD into the local economy in permit and transportation fees. It’s a blow for the economy for sure. But, this tourism-dependent island will be worse off in the long run, methinks, if the jellyfish stocks aren’t given time to rebound.