MAGALOG21 (2021)



By Julie Wettstein Kids Sea Camp mom

lagics on a daily basis inYap.On our list were sailfish, reef sharks,manta and even a rare baby whale shark encounter.Not to make less of the most beautiful corals and amazing visibility any diver could ask for. As I descend with my family into the blue, a euphoric feeling overcomes me. But what is really on my mind is the fact that all three of my daughters are getting this experi- ence along with my husband and myself TOGETHER! How amazing is it to have us all experiencing this beautiful, untouched, unspoiled,majestic destination together? A moment to remember forever,my youngest daughter, 7-year-old Emma, floats above my head and dives down for a “high five.” She still dreams of the day she can offi - cially dive with us. For now, she is snorkeling

with sharks, learning about the ocean and doing SASY, and that will have to suffice.The view she is getting while scuba diving is fantastic and just as great as ours is, if not better. She is being circled by schools of fish and small whitetip reef sharks. She shoots me a huge smile and a great big shaka from the surface and an“OK” signal.Yeah, she is totally stoked to be part of this! Sierra (age 11) is out in the blue, following in her dad’s footsteps with her camera just waiting for that chance to capture the perfect shot for her memories.Take only memo- ries and leave the rest behind for the future. She is in her zone. Perfectly

“WOW” is all I can think now. We are a family of five that submerged ourselves in the beautiful turquoise waters ofYap, a tiny island off the beaten path, for sure.The island is located in the Federated States of Micronesia.We live in Hawaii, so when I con- tacted Margo Peyton at Kids Sea Camp, the bar was set pretty high for expectations in taking a family dive vacation. She personally guided us through a magical family adventure toYap and Palau, and just like her tagline says, “Give them a week they will remember for- ever.”All our expectations were surpassed. We were surrounded by pristine reefs, large schools of fish and plenty of large pe - 803-419-2556 email:

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