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Dec-Mar

Palau

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S/Y Palau Siren

World class diving around Palau.

Dive the incredible waters of Micronesia in pure luxury! Enjoy a 7 night or 10 night liveaboard onboard the brand new boat in this fleet. The Palau Siren is just world class!

The Palau Siren is a 40 metre liveaboard launched in 2012 offering year round trips in Palau; she has the same specifications as her sister boats, the S/Y Philippine Siren and the S/Y Indo Siren and was built by divers for divers ensuring every thought for the modern day diver was taken into account. The 12 crew members aboard are friendly, fun, experienced and offer an attentive personal service making your trip a memorable one, they are also there to answer any questions or queries you may have regarding the boat or the itinerary.

The 8 large air conditioned cabins aboard are either fixed double or twin bedded however two of the cabins are flexible to suit the needs of guests. All cabins come with its own TV/DVD, en-suite bathrooms, reading lights, cupboards, safety box, hairdryer and towels. The spacious air conditioned lounge has a cocktail bar, TV and movie network, sofas and a library whilst the sun deck has cushioned loungers making both of these areas the perfect places to relax after a long day’s diving. The al fresco dining area is a comfortable place to sit offering a great setting to enjoy all your meals.

The Palau Siren has specialised features aboard for keen photographers and videographers. The shaded dive deck offers designated areas for charging and preparing your camera and video equipment, individual stations and personal storage drawers. There are large rinse tanks with fresh water solely for camera and video equipment with an indoor work station provided for maintenance of cameras and equipment. Basic Aqua Lung scuba equipment is provided free of charge with sizing requests being made at the time of booking (BCD, regulator, 3mm wetsuit, mask, fins and SMB).

Double Cabin

The Palau Siren has 2 double cabins which are en suite and have air conditioning as well as a wall fan.

  • Double bed
  • Bath and hand towels included

Standard Twin Stateroom

There are 6 twin cabins offered aboard the Palau Siren, 2 of which can be adapted to double bed cabins if needed. These are all en suite and have air conditioning as well as a wall fan.

  • Twin beds
  • Amenities from bathrobes to a personal safe
  • Bath and hand towels included

Route Options

The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard cruise with the Palau Siren. We wish to show you the very best diving possible, however, a number of factors determine which route the yacht takes and which dive sites we visit. Weather, tides, currents and the number of other dive vessels at a particular site all play a part in the Cruise Director's decision of where the Palau Siren is heading to. This itinerary involves some long distance travel. Whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht's ability to reach a specific dive site in good time. The safety of our guests on board is paramount and we always do our best to offer diving at alternate locations, should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.

Ulong Island
Ulong Channel is often considered the best dive in Palau! This exhilarating drift dive has it all; hard & soft coral encrusted walls, schools of sharks and other pelagic action, a beautiful stand of lettuce coral as you drift through the channel, giant clams and plenty of groupers just to name a few. Keep your eyes open, seeing just about anything is possible on this dive!

Siaes Corner
Schools of grey reef sharks, jacks and barracuda can be seen off the corner's edge while butterfly fish, Moorish idols, anthias and fusiliers are abundant throughout the reef. Hawksbill and green sea turtles are also among the usual suspects.

Shark City
Southwest of Ulong Island, a wall dive where currents attract many large pelagic fish from grey reef sharks to the occasional sighting of a bull shark or hammerhead. The wall drops to 50m (150ft) and is dotted with gorgonian fans. Shallower, huge lettuce corals host colourful anthias and Moorish idols.

Sand Bar
This shallow sloping reef featuring garden eels and sting rays is also the place where hundreds of thousands of bump head parrot fish are known to congregate for spawning; this stunning spectacle may only be witnessed at certain times of the month during the right moon phase.

Malakal Harbour
Chandelier Cave is a gorgeous cave system, containing five separate chambers with stalactites and stalagmites thus creating a 'chandelier' effect. The opening to the cave is wide and provides plenty of natural light; however, the inner section is quite dark and a torch is necessary. Keep an eye on your buddy and stay near your dive guide.

Teshio Maru
On her way to seek refuge from the American attacks, the Tehsio Maru was bombed and strafed by a passing US fighter north of the Malakai harbor, during "Operation Desecrate One" on March 30th, 1944.

lro Maru
This Japanese oil supply ship, sunk during 'Operation Desecrate', lays upright in 20m (75ft) of clear blue water. Descend via the mooring line to the bow and the 5 ½ gun mount, which is covered in black coral trees; then explore this coral encrusted wreckage. Schools of batfish and large groupers hover above the wreck.

Chuyo Maru
Located just west of Malakai Island, this is a medium sized Japanese coastal freighter that was also sunk during World War II. She lies upright on the seabed at a depth of 40m (120ft) with her deck at 30m (90ft).

Jake Sea Plane
Jake was a reconnaissance float plane that is believed to have crashed during take­ off. The plane is still in one piece and makes for amazing photographs. There is little current and visibility is usually very good.

Ngemelis Island & the German Channel
Blue Corner is the most famous dive site in Palau and has been voted #1 dive site of the world! Known for its strong currents, as well as consistent and abundant shark action, World-class diving does not get much better than Blue Corner!

Blue Holes, just along the reef from Blue Corner, is a large cavern with four "blue holes" at the top allowing natural light to enter from above..

New Drop Off is located south of Blue Corner on a shallow plateau. The walls are filled with a medley of colourful reef fish including butterfly fish, angel fish, wrasse and triggers.

Big Drop Off is one of Palau's most famous wall dives. This vertical wall is covered with colourful soft corals, sponges, smaller reef fish and sea fans. Sharks patrol along the reef edge, but this is also a fantastic site to see filefish, longnose hawk fish, fairy basslets and schools of surgeon fish, parrot fish and angel fish.

The German Channel The mouth of the channel is best known for encounters with manta rays which feed on plankton and visit the cleaning stations.

Virgin Blue Holes just south of Blue Corner, offers divers swim throughs and caverns to explore, before exiting onto the reef wall.

Dexter's Wall is a wonderful wall dive filled with soft corals, sea fans, nudibranchs, anemones and sea turtles. The area is well known for leopard shark sightings but also teeming with groupers, snappers, sweetlips and other reef fish.

Peleliu Island Peleliu Cut is a site where we can experience some of the strongest currents of our trip due to converging ocean currents that flow around the archipelago.

Turtle Cove begins by plunging into a small blue hole on top of the shallow reef. Upon exiting at the bottom divers drift through schools of surgeonfish, butterfly fish and red-tooth triggerfish.

Barnum's Wall is a favourite spot for a night dive. Turtles, groupers, sweetlips and a variety of sharks can all be seen here, as well as a myriad of nudibranchs, flatworms, sea whips and crinoids.

Peleliu Wall, covered with black corals & large sea fans, allows for an easy drift dive whilst observing reef sharks, jacks & barracuda. On occasion bull sharks and tiger sharks have been seen here.

Ngedebus Corner features dense populations of sea fans, soft corals and sea whips. Grey reef sharks patrol the corner while butterfly fish and fusiliers congregate near the wall's cuts.

Orange Beach is a soft drift dive along a colorful coral garden. Among the boulders, divers can encounter nurse sharks, turtles, scorpion fish, crocodile fish and nudibranchs. Divers may also come across WWII remains, such as bullets and shells. White Beach is a coral garden with soft corals and boulders. Giant clams, turtles, bump head parrotfish and other reef favourites will be seen swimming.

South Dock is a beautiful reef wall where divers can find parrotfish, surgeonfish as well as whitetip reef sharks cruising.

Rock Islands and Jelly Fish Lake Tour
During the cruise guests can take a speedboat tour through the Rock Islands, stopping at the world famous Jellyfish Lake and "The Arch" for the classic photo opportunity. You can also see islands shaped like an elephant or whale or just relax and enjoy the beauty of these Palauan islands.

A Spawning Cruise on board S/Y Palau Siren is a truly exceptional and inspirational experience. Spawning Cruises are only available at certain times of the year, as they follow the lunar cycle. Divers who join S/Y Palau Siren on these cruises will have a chance to witness one of the most spectacular natural events on earth.

Choose between the spawning aggregations of the bumphead parrotfish (bolbomeotpon muricatum) occurring at new moon and the red snapper (lutjanus bohar) at full moon lunar cycles.

At new moon, thousands of bumphead parrotfish gather in one area at one time each month. Building up to a spectacular showdown, males begin their display of dominance, attempting to attract as many mating partners as possible. As females continue to gather, the school spills out into the blue where the tension erupts into a climatic mating dance. At full moon, red snappers aggregate to show their own similar spawning spectacle full of energy and excitement. Not surprisingly, these events also attract the biggest predators in Palau, such as bull sharks, oceanic blacktip sharks, and hammerheads. Watch how they hunt actively within the large school of spawning fish. It is something only a select few people ever get to witness and you can now be one of them!

In addition to these special spawning dives, S/Y Palau Siren offers 'Blackwater' diving in Palau. Imagine rolling off the boat in the pitch black of night, sometimes many miles away from the shallow water of the reefs, to watch one of the largest migrations on earth as all manner of weird and wonderful creatures from the depths head closer to the surface to feed. From post larval fish to Cephalopods, many smaller than your finger nail, these amazing dives present some of weirdest creatures you are ever likely to see without a submarine.

During the Spawning Cruise, the Cruise Director will give a number of presentations about these unique dives. These informative talks will cover everything from the ecology of these events to the best way to photograph them.

In terms of dive arrangements, the group will be split into two teams of eight divers to witness these spectacular events, thereby maximising the experience and ensuring that we only observe, not interfere with, this spectacular marine behaviour. Please note that these dives are only for the experienced diver - AOW or equivalent is recommended - as there can often be very strong currents at the sites where the action is happening. Also, we highly recommend our guests are Nitrox certified.

Vessel Details

Year Built / Refurbished 2012
Guest Numbers 16
Length & Width 40 metres long and 9.5 metre beam
Speed 8 to 10 knots
Engines Marinized Nissan RH-10 & Mitsubushi 6D-22
Generators 1 x 33Kva and 2 x 60Kva
Number of Cabins 8 fixed double or twin bed cabins each with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, bathrobes, hair dryers and towels
Communication & Navigation Automated life rafts, life jackets, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, emergency long distance radio and satellite phones
Salon & Dining Area Spacious al fresco dining area with great settings to relax at the end of the day
Entertainment Shore excursions, snorkeling, kayaking, TV/DVD/CD player and a library full of books
Emergency Equipment Full supply of medical grade oxygen and DAN oxygen provider kits & medic first aid kit available on-board
Other Facilities Laundry: €0.50 per item
Air Compressors 2 x mch 13 and Nitrox Lp membrane
Equipment Rental Essential scuba diving equipment free of charge
Dive Deck Large dive deck with facilities for underwater photographers and videographers
Dive Computer 5 Euro per person per day
Torch 5 Euro per person per day

Available Experiences

ITINERARIES AVAILABLE IN THIS DESTINATION

Marcelina

Wednesday, 04 March 2015

Mr & Mrs Cartwright – Micronesia and Hawaii

Mr & Mrs Cartwright have just returned from an amazing itinerary in Micronesia and Hawaii and its looks like they had an amazing time based on the images gallery down bellow.

Mr & Mrs Cartwright – Micronesia and Hawaii

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Ulong Channel

Palau, Micronesia

This site is situated on the west coast of Palau, close to Siaes Tunnel. The entrance is covered with coral gardens and the channel itself stretches some 500m - at an average width of 33m - to the lagoon. There is a sandy bottom at the entrance where shark gather together to feed on the fish that are swept inside.
The bottom varies in depth from between 10-15m and is clear of coral, but the sides are festooned with soft coral and sea fans. Divers will be able to see a vast array of plate coral that houses squirrelfish, glasseyes and soldier fish.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 15m

Blue Corner

Palau, Micronesia

The Blue Corner is one of the most famous dive sites around Palau and it’s also the one that everyone wants to visit. Depths and currents here can change in seconds, therefore at times this dive site will not make it suitable for beginners. Divers can expect to encounter plenty of white tip and grey reef sharks, barracuda, jacks, rays, tuna, snapper, wrasse and bass. A myriad of smaller reef fish inhabit the area as well.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Peleliu

Palau, Micronesia

This site is located near Anguar Island at the most southerly part of Palau. At its shallowest, this reef lies in 10m of water, with walls that drop off steeply to the depths. Because of the ever-present currents, there is actually very little coral life at the top; however the walls are covered in sea fans, sea whips and hard and soft corals. Fish life is profuse here and it is a great site to see grey reef sharks.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 45m

German Channel

Palau, Micronesia

This is a man-made channel that was blasted out by German miners, in the early 1900s. There is a sandy bottom at 17m that slopes away steeply to the depths. The bottom has some large coral formations. The biggest attraction here is the large number of manta rays divers are likely to see. Grey reef sharks are also often encountered, again taking advantage of the cleaning wrasse. Other attractions are barracuda, lionfish, snappers and triggerfish.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 17m

Jelly Fish Lake

Palau, Micronesia

The Jelly Fish Lake is situated on Eil Malk Island. This is a saltwater lake was created millions of years ago.
At that time, jellyfish were trapped in it and have now evolved to the point where they have no need to sting as there are no predators in this lake. There are probably at least two million of these creatures there now and snorkelling among them is definitely a strange and unnerving experience, until you realise that they can do you no harm.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 25m

Chandelier Caves

Palau, Micronesia

The cave consists of three air filled chambers in a straight line, with a single entrance and exit. The deepest part of the dive is 30 feet (10m). Each chamber is spectacular in its own way; divers will see magnificently coloured flowstones and crystalline stalactites in each of them, as well as some dipping below the surface of the water.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18m

Iro Wreck

Palau, Micronesia

The Iro Wreck is located at Urukthapel Bay and is perhaps the best-known and most popular shipwreck in Palau.

It is located just a short distance from Koror and is in an area that is normally protected from winds and roughs seas. It is basically shallow as wrecks go and is beautifully overgrown with many forms of sessile marine life. Its sister ship, the Sata lies close by, upside-down, deep, and basically not divable.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m
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