In addition to being an experienced naturalist, marine biologist, scuba instructor, and educator, Keoki is an outstanding underwater photographer and the creator of marinelifephotography.com, a popular species ID resource for Hawaii and beyond. The following images captured by Keoki throughout the expedition reveal the vibrant coral reefs, range of habitats, and diversity of fish, corals, and other marine species that make Palau one of the best snorkeling spots in the world.
Keoki, who is an avid scuba diver with more than 25 years of experience in the dive industry, had this to say about leading the trip:
“Went scuba diving for three days before guests flew in but I loved the snorkeling a lot more ... Each site we visited had different types of fish and coral, no two were alike. We also saw war relics. Palau's coral and fish diversity is incredible, can't wait to go back.”
Keoki will also be leading our Raja Ampat and Banda Sea Biodiversity Cruise in September 2017, an epic 17-day liveaboard trip through the areas of highest recorded marine biodiversity.
Brian Hutchinson is Oceanic Society's vice president of outreach, co-founder of the State of the World's Sea Turtles Program, and program officer of the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group. Brian holds a B.A. in zoology from Connecticut College, and has been working to advance global marine conservation for more than a decade.